Athletics

Amit wins gold at World Para Athletics

India’s Amit Kumar Saroha has clinched the gold medal in the men’s club throw F51 event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Tunisia. The wheelchair-bound Indian athlete produced the season’s best performance of 29.42m to bag the gold. Amit Saroha is an Asian Para Games medalist and an Arjuna Awardee, competing in the F51 category in Discus throw and Club throw.

Anu Kumar wins men’s 800m at

Middle distance runner Anu Kumar claimed a gold in the men’s 800m and Arpandeep Kaur Bajwa grabbed a bronze in the women’s discus throw at the Junior Asian Athletics Championships. Indian athletes have already won three gold medals, one silver and nine bronze medals at the event. India won their third gold of the competition through Uttarakhand based runner Anu.

Jakhar claimed hammer gold

India won four medals a gold, a silver and two bronze on the first day of the four-day event in Gifu, Japan at the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships. Ashish Jakhar set a new national record en route to winning a gold medal in the men’s hammer throw event. Jakhar, a former gold medalist at the 2016 Asian Junior Championships, threw the 6kg iron ball and chain to a distance of 76.86m.

Barcelona won fourth Copa del Rey in a row

Barcelona became the first team in 85 years to win four straight Copa del Rey titles after defeating Sevilla 5-0 in the final.Luis Suarez scored twice, and Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Philippe Coutinho also made the scoresheet for Barcelona’s record-extending 30th Copa triumph. No other team had won four Copa titles in a row since Athletic Bilbao from 1930-33.

Usain Bolt retires

The greatest sprinter of modern times, Usain Bolt has finally said good bye to the Athletics world. His farewell ended in agony as he injured himself while running the last lap of the men’s 4x100m relay race in the World Athletics Championships in London. An eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Bolt won the 100 m, 200 m and 4 × 100 m relay at three consecutive Olympic Games.

Van Niekerk retains men’s 400m title

Olympic Champion Wayde Van Niekerk won men’s 400 m event & retained his title in World Athletics Championships in London. World Record holder South African Niekerk, clocked 43.98 seconds to finish at the top of podium while Steve Gardiner of Bahamas finished 2nd in the event. As of 2016 he was the only sprinter to have run 100m in under 10 sec, 200 m in under 20 sec & 400 m in under 44 sec.

Usain Bolt beaten in last solo race

Fastest man on the earth, Usain Bolt has been stunned as he finished 3rd in 100m Final of World Athletics Championship. In his farewell 100m, Bolt clocked a time of 9.95 seconds but was left behind by Justin Gatlin who clocked 9.92 seconds to claim Gold. Since 2008, when Bolt set his 1st world record, he had not lost a championship race & collected 19 gold medals in 100, 200 & 4×100 meters.

Tenth successive global title

6 : British athletics Mo Farah won his 10th successive global title claiming the 10,000m world crown at London. Farah, who registered a timing of 26 minutes & 49.51 seconds, has now registered his third consecutive world championship gold medal. He has won European Athlete of the Year award & British Athletics Writers Association British Athlete of the Year award, 3 times & 6 times respectively.

Manpreet Kaur fails dope test

Asian champion shot-putter Manpreet Kaur has been caught in the dope net after testing positive for a banned stimulant. Manpreet, who won a gold medal in the recently-concluded Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, tested positive for stimulant dimethylbutylamine. India will lose the gold medal she won in Bhubaneswar if her confirmatory urine sample ‘B’ test also returns positive.

Sudha Singh claims gold medal

Rio Olympian Sudha Singh claimed a gold medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechase at 21st Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships. She clocked 10 minutes 03.01 secs to finish over a 100m ahead of Parul Chaudhary. Her personal best is 9 minutes 26 secs, clocked at Shanghai Diamond League last year. Sudha Singh is an Indian Olympic athlete in the 3000 metres steeplechase event.

Haryana beats Kerala

Haryana beat arch rivals Kerala after six years to win the team championship at the National Youth Athletics Meet. Haryana emerged champions with 166.5 points. Kerala has finished as the runners-up. However, Kerala managed to retain the team crown for girls while Haryana boys topped and won the boys’ title.

Tejaswin Shankar Breaks National Record

Tejaswin Shankar smashed the 12-year-old national senior record in high jump with an effort of 2.26m at the 32nd National Junior Athletics Champion-ships. In the process the 19-year old also won the gold medal. The earlier national senior record was held by Hari Shankar Roy of West Bengal. Tejaswin had won the gold in the National Open Athletics in Lucknow in September with a jump of 2.22m.

100-year-old athlete from India, wins Gold Medal at Masters Games

India’s 100-year-old athlete, Man Kaur has won Gold medal at the American Masters Games in the 100-meter dash. She took a minute-and-a-half to cross the finish line in Vancouver. Kaur from Chandigarh was the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for older athletes.

Western Railway wins all India railway athletic championship

Western Railway won the overall team championship in the 82nd All India Railway athletic Championship held at Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu. Central railway stood 2nd and Southern Railway 3rd in the overall team category. Best athlete award in men’s category was given to Jasdeep Singh of Northern Railway and best women athlete award to Dutee Chand of Northern Railway.

IOA announces cash award for medal winning athlete in Rio Olympics

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has announced a cash award of 50 lakh rupees for the gold medal winning athlete in the Rio Olympics. While 30 lakh rupees for silver and 20 lakh rupees for bronze. In addition, the coaches will be awarded an equivalent of 50 % of the amount that the athletes receive. Apart from IOC, Indian Railways has also announced a cash award of 1 crore rupees for its athlete who wins a gold medal at the Rio Olympics. While silver medallist will get 75 lakh rupees and bronze medal winner 50 lakh rupees. For the athletes who manages a top-8 finish, the reward will be 30 lakh rupees and for mere participation 5 lakh rupees.

Level-I course for coaches to roll out champions

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) have come together to launch the IAAF Level-I coaching course in Chennai. It’s a historic achievement, considering the state is the first to be part of the initiative, which will soon be followed throughout the country. The AFI has been pushing for this for some time, and has Pradeep yadav, secretary of SDAT, to thank. The state federation has promised to bear expenses. Other states have also shown interest. “Till now, such courses were held only at NIS Patiala, which was established long back. This course is for 12 days. After this, they have to produce good athletes. They can also go for the Level II course. If they produce national level athletes, they can go for Level III. This is the elite group, and certificates will be valued and accepted all over the world.” said AFI secretary CK Valson.

US first place in World Indoor Athletics Championships

The US wins 13 Gold, 6 Silver and 4 Bronze medals in World Indoor Athletics Championships. Ethiopia finishes second with 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medals, France is third with 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze.

India’s Kumaravel Prem Kumar wins silver medal in long jump at 7th Asian Indoor Athletics

India’s Kumaravel Prem Kumar bags Silver in long jump at the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Zhang Yaoguang of China wins Gold in the long jump

Kerala win 61st National School Athletics Championship

Kerala win 61st National School Athletics Championship held in Kerala, winning 39 Gold, 29 Silver and 17 Bronze medals. Tamil Nadu comes second, while Maharashtra is third.

Bhanot elected Asian Athletics Association vice-President

Scam-tainted former IOA Secretary General Lalit Bhanot was elected vice-President of the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) in polls held in Wuhan, China. Recommended by the Athletics Federation of India, Mr. Bhanot fought through a 14-strong challenge in the elections to be picked as one of the five vice-Presidents during the AAA council on the eve of the Asian Championships in Wuhan. Tainted in the corruption scandal that engulfed the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Mr. Bhanot served as secretary of AFI for more than a decade and was the Secretary General of the IOA when it served a 14-month suspension by the IOC.

Ashish Jakhar from Haryana sets National Youth record in hammer throw

Ashish Jakhar from Haryana on 17 April 2015 set a national youth record in boys’ hammer throw event and won gold medal in the 12th National Youth Athletics Championships held in Bambolim, Goa. In this event, Ashish had hurled 5kg ball-and-chain at record distance of 72.04 metres in a second throw which made a national youth record. In his opening throw he had hurdled at a distance of 71.92 metres. With this, he broke the previous national record of 70.35 metres which was set by Haryana’s Sukhdev Singh in 2009.