Nozomi Okuhara wins Thailand Open 2018

Nozomi Okuhara of Japan wins Thailand Open 2018 which was held in Bangkok. She defeated PV Sindhu 21-15, 21-18 in 50 minutes match. By virtue of this win, Okuhara has taken a 6-5 head-to-head win-loss record over Sindhu. The last time the duo met at the All England Championships earlier this year, it was Sindhu who prevailed over the Okuhara.

Dalabehera bags bronze in World Weightlifting

Indian lifter Jhilli Dalabehera has bagged the bronze medal in the 2018 IWF Junior World Weightlifting Championships at Tashkent. She lifted 167 kg in the 48 kg category to finish third on the podium. According to Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary General Sahdev Yadav, Jhilli is the 2nd woman lifter after Saikhom Mirabai Chanu in 2013 to win a medal in the Junior World Championships.

Dutee Chand sets new national record in 100m

Dutee Chand broke her 100m national record at 58th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships at Guwahati. The 22-year-old Dutee, representing Odisha, ran 11.29 sec in the semifinal race to better her national record of 11.30sec and later clinched the gold in 11.32sec. She has already qualified the 2018 Asian games which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang.

Simran-Ritika win Mauritius Open

India’s young women’s doubles pair of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker won the Mauritius International title. This was just the second international tournament that Singhi and Thaker had participated in this year. Singhi and Thaker had won the All India Junior Ranking Tournament in Tirupur, which secured them a spot in India’s squad for the Badminton Asia Junior Championships.

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.

Discus thrower Vikas Gowda retires

Top Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda has retired after competing at the highest level for more than 15 years. Gowda, who holds the national record of 66.28m, is one of the most decorated Indian athlete, having won a gold in the 2013 and 2015 Asian Championships. Awarded the Padma Shri in 2017, Gowda became the second Indian in 56 years to win an athletics gold at the CWG.

Simona Halep retained top spot in WTA rankings

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has retained her numero-uno spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Rankings. Halep maintains a lead of 425 points over second-placed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. After the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Simona Halep became the active player with the most consecutive weeks within the Top 10. Halep started her 2018 season by winning the Shenzhen Open.

Indian judokas win 3 medals

Indian judokas won 3 medals on the opening day of Asian Cadet Judo Championships in Lebanon. Rohini S Mohite from Maharashtra won a gold medal in the 40kg category while Tababi Devi Thanjam of Manipur emerged as a champion in the 44kg category. India has sent a 40-member team for the 12th Asian Cadet Judo Championships.

India won 20 gold at junior athletics meet

India finished on top in the seven-nation competition with 20 gold, 22 silver and eight bronze medals at the 3rd South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo. Host Sri Lanka bagged rest of the 12 gold medals in the competition along with 10 silver and 19 bronze. The juniors will next represent India at the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships to be held in Gifu, Japan.

Sumit claimed men’s 125 kg gold

15 : Indian wrestler Sumit Malik claimed gold in the men’s freestyle 125 kg after his opponent Nigeria’s Sinivie Boltic was ruled out of the final bout due to injury at CWG 2018.The 25-year-old, claimed silver at Asian and Commonwealth Championships last year.He defeated Pakistan’s Tayab Raza by 10-4 and Canada’s Jarvis Korey by 6-4 in his last two bouts.

Neeraj Chopra, 1st Indian to Win Gold in Javelin Throw

Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, with a season’s best effort of 86.47m in the final. The 20-year-old junior world champion had made the final after achieving the qualifying mark in his very first throw. Neeraj was favourite for gold after his 85.94m throw in March 2018 at Patiala during the Federation Cup National Championships.

Sathish Sivalingam won Gold medal at CWG 2018

Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam won the gold medal by winning the men’s 77kg event at Commonwealth Games 2018.In the previous Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sathish had won gold. Hence he became the first ever male Indian weightlifter to win gold in two different editions of the Commonwealth Games. In 2017, Sathish won gold at the Common-wealth Weightlifting Championships.

Punjab crowned National hockey champion

Punjab won its first National title in five years, after winning against Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) in the final of the ?8th men‘s National hockey championships? on 25th March. In the Bronze medal match, Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) defeated Air India Sports Promotion Board. Hockey Punjab defeated Petroleum Sports Promotion Board by 2-1.

Pankaj Advani retained his Asian title

Pankaj Advani defended his Asian Billiards Championships title in by demolishing his partner B Bhaskar 6-1. With this win, Advani remains the reigning Indian, Asian & world champion in billiards for 2017-18. This is Advani‘s 11th gold medal at Asian level of cue sports. His continental billiards title tally has gone up to 7, in addition to back-to-back Asian Games gold medals in 2006 & 2010.

Dharun breaks National record in hurdles

Ayyasamy Dharun broke the men‘s 400m hurdles national record and in the process grabbed a Commonwealth Games ticket on the concluding day of the 22nd Federation Cup National Senior Championships. Dharun erased Joseph G Abraham‘s over 10-year-old earlier national record of 49.94 made in August 2007 in Osaka. Dharun got his last medal at an Indian Grand Prix event in Bengaluru.

Tejaswin Shankar smashes national record

Tejaswin Shankar broke his own national record to claim the high jump gold at the 22nd Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships. Shankar crossed over the bar at 2.28m to beat his own national mark of 2.26m which he achieved in Coimbatore in 2016 at the junior level. Shankar had earlier cleared 2.28m at a collegiate event but this was his first athletic federation of India event

India presented with ICC Test mace

The International Cricket Council presented the ICC Test Championship Mace to Virat Kohli after the end of the final T20 International against South Africa.Kohli received the ICC Test Championship mace on behalf of Team India for the second consecutive year for being the number one Test team. This is the fourth time that India has been presented with the prestigious mace.

India won medals at Asian Para-Cycling C’ship

The Indian contingent won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the Asian Para-Cycling Championships held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.Last year’s silver medallist Divij Shah repeated his silver-winning performance while BSF soldier Harinder Singh won bronze adding to his bronze from the last year.New entrant Madhu Bagri, meanwhile, won bronze in hand-cycling.

9th Int. Youth Sailing Competition

Krishnapatnam Port in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, is hosting the 9th edition of International Youth Sailing Competition of India from December 27th to December 31st 2017.The event is the largest sailing competition in the country and is organised by the Navayuga Sailing Academy.The port is also holding YAI Senior and Youth National Championships.

PV Sindhu settles for silver

PV Sindhu fell short of claiming her maiden title at BWF Superseries Finals & settled for silver, losing to top seed Akane Yamaguchi in Dubai.Sindhu fought valiantly but Yamaguchu topped her 15-21, 21-12, 21-19 to win the gold medal.This is the 3rd major event in the last 2 years where Sindhu had to settle for a silver after a 2ndplaced finish at Olympics 2016 and World Championships 2017

Sushil Kumar clinches gold

Double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar clinched a gold medal at Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in South Africa.Sushil defeated New Zealand Akash Khullar via a pinfall in final of 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal. It was his 1st medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games.With the win he clinched his 5th title at Commonwealth level.

Gurdeep creates three national records

Gurdeep Singh created 3 new senior national records in +105 Kilogram weight category in the just-concluded IWF World Weightlifting Championships at Anaheim in USA.Singh finished 13th overall with a total lift of 388kg (172 + 216) but created national records in snatch, clean and jerk, & total lift.12 new senior national records were created during the IWF World Weightlifting Championships.

India won 10 medals in Para-Badminton WC

Indian contingent to BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea has clinched 10 medals, including two golds. India’s Parul Parmar defeated Thailand’s Wannaphatdee Kamtam in the finals of the women’s singles Standing Lower. Other gold was also won by Parul Parmar, who paired with Japan’s Akiko Sugino in women’s doubles (SL 3-4) final.

Gopi Thonakal wins Asian Marathon

Gopi Thonakal became the first Indian to win Asian Marathon Championships. He achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event held at Dongguan in China. Andrey Petrov of Uzbekistan bagged the silver with a timing of while Byambalev Tseveenravdan of Mongolia won the bronze.

Sarah Clarke: 1st female Black Rod

Sarah Clarke, a former director of the Wimbledon tennis championships, has been appointed as Black Rod at the House of Lords. It is the first time a woman has held this position in the UK parliament’s 669-year history. She is currently championships director at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Black Rod is the senior official responsible for maintaining order at the House of Lords.

Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship

Women’s Youth World Boxing Championship begins in Guwahati, Assam. The finals will be held on November 26. AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championship’s Mascot is one-horned rhino ‘Guppy’. Its Official Anthem is ‘Make Some Noise’ and it’s ambassador is Mary Kom.

Ashok Khale passes away

Veteran cyclist Ashok Khale, who was recently injured in an accident on the Sion-Panvel highway, died in a hospital during treatment. Khale, won several medals for cycle-riding in state and national-level championships and was also the recipient of the Shiv Chhatrapati award. He had represented India in Giro d’Italia event and was also called as the King of the Ghats.

National Cycling Championships in Delhi

With a direct relation between cycling and conserving transport fuel, the Petroleum Conservation Research Association organised the capital’s first Saksham Pedal Delhi “cyclothon” event. It included the National Cycling Championships as a component feature. The event on November 5, slated to start at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where more than 5,000 participants participated.

Gagan Narang won Silver in Commonwealth

4 : Olympic bronze-medalist Gagan Narang won a silver medal in the men’s 50m rifle prone event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. Annu Raj Singh has also won the bronze medal in the women’s 50m pistol competition. Narang, who is appearing in his first major tournament since the 2016 Rio Olympics, shot a total of 617.6 in the qualification to end fourth.

Anand finishes joint-second

5 time world champion Viswanathan Anand defeated Chinese grandmaster Hou Yifan in the 9th and final round to sign off joint 2nd at the Isle Of Man Chess Championship. He shared the second spot with America’s Hikaru Nakamura. Anand took 53 moves to overpower Yifan to finish with 7 points. World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the title with 7.5 points after a short draw against Nakamura.

Indian swimmers win 47 medals

Indian swimmers won 47 medals, including eight golds, at the 9th Asian Age-group Aquatic Championship. Prakash won gold and silver in men’s open category in 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle, respectively while Madhu bagged silver in open men category in 100m backstroke event. Katariya won gold in 200m freestyle and silver in 100m freestyle in womens open category.

Senior World Championships

Coastal city of Kochi is all set to host the BWF World Senior Badminton Championships from Sept 11 to 17. The week-long tournament will see a total of 665 players from 40 countries battle it out in 8 different age groups. The championship will be held in India for the first time. A total of 175 players will represent India including Olympians — Abhinn Shyam Gupta, Nikhil Kanetkar & V Diju

India win 2nd SABA U-16 Championship

India has won 2nd South Asian Basketball, SABA, Under – 16 Championship. India remained unbeaten in its all four matches and accumulated 8 points. Bangladesh finished second and host Nepal third. India has now qualified for 2017 International Basketball Federation, FIBA, Under-16 Asian Championship to be played in Malaysia later this year.

Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships

India will host the 2019 edition of the Commonwealth (Youth, Junior and Senior) Weightlifting Championships. The Executive Board of Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation met at Gold Coast, Australia and decided to allot the 2019 edition of the competitions to India. The current edition of the tournament is being held at the Gold Coast, Australia.

Konsam Ormila Devi bags Gold

India’s Konsam Ormila Devi bagged a gold medal in 44kg weight category of the Commonwealth Youth (boys & girls) weightlifting championships, held at Gold Coast, Australia. Ormila lifted 57kg in snatch and 76kg in clean and jerk for an overall effort of 133kg, to finish on the top of the podium. With this effort, Ormila has registered her best lift so far.

Gaurav Bidhuri Clinches Bronze

Wildcard entrant Gaurav Bidhuri’s remarkable run at World Boxing Championships ended with a bronze medal after he lost his semi final clash to Duke Ragan in Hamburg. India thus ended the tournament with a bronze medal, equalling the performance of 2009, 2011 & 2015. Despite the loss, he joined a rare club of world championship medallists from India – the past winners being Vijender, Vikas & Shiva

Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian GP

Lewis Hamilton defeated Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel in the Belgian Grand Prix to close the gap in the championship to seven points. This was Hamilton’s fifth success in 12 races this season, and 58th of his career. Sebastian Vettel finished second for Ferrari, 2.3 seconds behind Hamilton while Daniel Ricciardo took third place for Red Bull.

PV Sindhu wins silver

PV Sindhu won the silver medal at the 2017 World Championship. She was defeated by Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. Nozomi became the first Japanese women’s singles champion while Sindhu is the second Indian after Saina to secure silver. The summit clash lasted an unbelievable and incredible one hour and 50 minutes.

World Badminton Championships 2017

Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen defeated Lin Dan in straight games to claim the men’s singles gold at the World Championships in Glasgow. Axelsen is the third Dane to claim the men’s singles crown. Flemming Delfs won the inaugural 1977 title and Peter Rasmussen was a winner, also in Glasgow, 20 years ago.

Saina Nehwal settles for bronze

Saina Nehwal had to settle for a bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships after a heartbreaking loss against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in women’s singles semi-finals. The 7th seed Japanese eked out a hard-fought 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 victory & became the 1st shuttler from Japan to reach the finals of World Championship. Saina won a silver in the last edition in Jakarta 2 years ago.

England to host 2018 ITTF Team World Cup

England has been awarded the right to host the 2018 Table Tennis Team World Cup, which will be held in London. It will be the first major table tennis-only event to be held in London since Wembley hosted the 1954 World Championships. The event will take place at Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 22-25 February. A total of 12 men’s & 12 women’s teams will compete at the event

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.

Usain Bolt fails to finish the last

Usain Bolt ended his stellar career in excruciating pain as the Jamaican crumpled to the track while chasing a final gold medal during the 400-meter relay. Bolt will end his career on the track with 11 World Championships gold medals. Bolt is 11-time world champion and the first athlete to hold 100- and 200-meter world records since fully automatic time became mandatory.

1st Indian to qualify for javelin finals

Davinder Singh Kang has become the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw World Championships. Competing in the qualification round Group B, Kang cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he sent the iron spear to a distance of 84.22m. Kang’s best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers.

Kynan, Shreyasi wins bronze

10 : Kynan Chenai & Shreyasi Singh of India have won bronze in mixed team trap event in Asian Shotgun Shooting Championship in Astana. The duo got the better of Lebanon 40-38 in bronze-medal match to win India’s 4th medal of the competition. Earlier in the day the pair topped 16-team qualification round with a combined score of 91. Chenai had also won bronze in men’s trap event yesterday.

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.

8 medals for India at Junior boxing

India finished the Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa, Philippines with two silver and six bronze medals. Satender Rawat (80+kg) and Mohit Khatana (80kg) settled for silver medals after losing their final bouts in the Asian Junior Boxing Championships. Satender lost to Uzbekistan’s Almatov Shokrukh in a split verdict, while Mohit went down to Kazakhstan’s Togambay Sagyndyk.

McLeod wins world title

Omar McLeod of Jamaica won the 110m Hurdles final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. He dominated the race, winning in 13.04 seconds, a metre clear of the defending champion, Russian Sergey Shubenkov while with Balazs Baji of Hungary clinched bronze. He is now the current 110m hurdle Olympic and World champion after winning the men 110m hurdles final.

Sajan bags bronze in Junior Wrestling

India’s Sajan bagged a bronze medal in Greco-Roman category after defeating Ali Osman Erbay of Turkey at the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Tampere, Finland. Sajan defeated the Turkish grappler 6-1 in Greco-Roman 74kg class in a third-fourth place match to finish on the podium. He is the lone Indian Greco-Roman wrestler to bag a medal at this championship.

3 gold medals in one night

Caeleb Dressel of US became the 1st swimmer to win 3 gold medals in a single evening at the world championships. He started with a victory in 50m freestyle, nearly broke Phelps’ record in 100 butterfly & led US quartet in a world-record rout in 4x100m mixed relay. He now has 6 gold medals in the championships, putting him in position to tie Phelps’ record of 7 at 2007 worlds in Melbourne.

Vettel wins Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has extended his world championship lead with victory in the Hungarian GP ahead of Kimi Raikkonen & Valtteri Bottas. This is his 4th win of the season and 46th of his F1 career. It was also Ferrari’s first one-two in Hungary since 2004. With this win, Vettel will take a 14-point lead over Hamilton into the summer break at the head of the Drivers’ Championship.

Indian boxers at Czech Boxing Tournament

Indian boxers clinched 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at the 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem in the Czech Republic. World Championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa, former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar, Amit Phangal, Gaurav Bidhuri and Satish Kumar claimed gold medals. Kavinder Bisht in 52 kg and Manish Panwar in 81 kg settled for silver medals.

India finishes 6th in junior squash

India finished sixth overall in the girls team event of the 2017 WSF-World junior squash championship in Tauranga, New Zealand. In the match for the 5th-6th positions, India went down to USA 1-2. There was a slight improvement in the rankings this time as India had finished eighth in the last edition at the Netherlands.

Lovepreet Singh wins bronze

India’s Lovepreet Singh has won bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships at Kathmandu. He got third place in 105 kg men junior category. Lovepreet lifted 151 kgs in snatch and 180 kgs in clean and jerk to clinch the bronze medal. This is India’s fourth medal in the championships.

Ajay Singh wins bronze medal

India’s Ajay Singh has won bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships at Kathmandu. He finished at the third spot in 77 kg men’s junior category after lifting 143 kg in snatch and 172 kg in clean and jerk. By Clinching this bronze medal, India now has 3 medals at the championships.

Masse breaks 100m World record

Kylie Masse of Canada stormed to women’s 100m backstroke gold in a new world-record time at the world aquatics championships. She clocked 58.10 seconds, breaking Gemma Spofforth’s previous mark of 58.12 seconds from the 2009 championships. Masse was a bronze medallist in this event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, one of six medals Canada won in the swimming pool.

Konsam wins gold

Indian weightlifter Konsam Ormila Devi has bagged a gold medal at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships in Kathmandu, Nepal. She lifted 56kg in snatch and 70kg in clean & jerk for a total effort of 126kg in the 44kg weight category to finish on the top of the podium. Konsam Ormila Devi is from Manipur.

Karamjyoti Dalal wins bronze

Karamjyoti Dalal extended India’s medal tally to 3 at the World Para Athletics Championships 2017 by winning a bronze medal. In women’s F55 category of discus throw event, she managed 19.02m, just better than Alomari Roba (19.01m). Dalal also achieved the personal best of the season. Dalal is currently ranked World No. 8 and had finished fourth at the 2015 IPC Para-athletics championships.

Bisht qualifies for World Championships

Boxer Kavinder Singh Bisht qualified for the World Championships in the 52 kg category. With Bisht, India now have five boxers confirmed for the World Championships. They are the bronze medal winning duo of Vikas Krishan in 75 and Amit Phangal in 49 kilogram weight categories and silver-medallists Shiva Thapa in 60 and Sumit Sangwan in 91 kilogram categories.

Pankaj Advani loses in Asian Snooker

Pankaj Advani lost to China’s Lv Haotian in the summit clash of Asian Snooker Championship. The defeat in the final also meant that Advani could not complete a career Grand Slam in cue sport. A victory will make Advani only player in history to win all Majors in two sports at all levels and across all formats.

All England Open Badminton title

Lee Chong Wei won his fourth All England Open Badminton Championships crown. After swatting aside first-time finalist Shi Yuqi of China 21-12, 21-10, Chong Wei said he will return to defend the title of his favorite tournament. The All England Open Badminton Championships is the world’s oldest badminton tournament, held annually in England.

Women’s Boxing Championship in India

India will host the World Women’s Youth Boxing Championship in November this year, the first major international event to be held in the country since 2010. In 2010, India had hosted the Commonwealth Championships followed by the Commonwealth Games. The country has not hosted a major boxing event since then, primarily because of the administrative turmoil that gripped the sport in 2012.

Sandeep Kumar breaks his record

Sandeep Kumar of Haryana smashed his own national record en route to winning the gold medal in the gruelling men’s 50km event of the National Race Walking Championships in New Delhi. He clocked 3 hours 55 minutes and 59.05 seconds in a brilliant performance to win the race and qualify for the London World Championships in August. His earlier record was 3:56:22 in May 2014.

Sarjubala wins National Championship

Former world silver medallist Sarjubala Devi representing Manipur claimed the gold in 48 kg category in the National Women’s Boxing Championships.Asian champion L Sarita Devi representing the All India Police, AIP picked up a gold medal in the 60 kg category. Sarjubala Devi was also given the best boxer trophy.

Russian Gymnast Kudryavtseva Retires

Russian rhythmic gymnast, Yana Alexeyevna Kudryavtseva, announced her retirement. Her retirement ends her glittering career. She was the latest in a long line of world-class rhythmic gymnasts from Russia, who won every Olympic gold medal in the discipline since 2000. During her entire career, she had won 13 All-around World Championships from 2013 to 2015.

Nadal Wins Mubadala Tennis Championships

Spanish tennis veteran Rafael Nadal defeated Belgian David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 to win the Mubadala World Tennis Championships. Nadal defeated his opponent David Goffin with 6-4, 7-6 in the finals. He reached the Abu Dhabi Finals by beating Tomas Berdych in the quarter-final and Milos Raonic in the semi-final. Adal who received a cash prize of $250,000.