Thursday, November 22, 2001, Chandigarh, India






National Capital Region--Delhi

S P O R T S
XXXI National Games, Punjab-2001

Haryana athletes hog limelight
Ludhiana, November 21
On a day when Punjab athletes stuck a silver steak, Ludhiana’s Hardeep Kaur provided the gold lining by smashing the only National record of the 31st National Games here so far to give the home state its fourth gold in track and field events at Guru Nanak Stadium here this evening.

Need to create second rung of lifters
Patiala, November 21
Faulty planning and lack of a second rung may cost the country dear in women weightlifting which had got the country its lone medal in the Sydney Olympics.

Hardeep Kaur
Hardeep Kaur of Punjab who created a new record in hammer throw on the second day of the 31st National Games at Ludhiana on Wednesday. 
— Tribune photo

MEDAL TALLY

Doping mandatory for gold medallists
Ludhiana, November 21
The Doping Commission has started its work here from Wednesday. Initially, the commission is focusing only on track and field events and from Thursday it will pick cyclicts also for the dope tests.





Cricket stories

Steve Waugh backs decision on Sachin

Saurav Ganguly writes
Everything needs an explanation


EARLIER STORIES
THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
 
Punjab's shooting double trap team
Punjab's shooting double trap event team during the National Games at SAS Nagar. From left: Zoravar Singh, Manavjit Singh and Rohjan Sodhi.

Ram Pal Singh (L) and Surinder Singh of SSCB finish for gold medal
Ram Pal Singh (L) and Surinder Singh of SSCB finish for gold medal in the final of the men's coxless pairs at the National Games at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. SSCB and Andhra Pradesh were declared joint winners after a photo finish. 
— Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Players vie for the ball
Players vie for the ball in a women’s hockey match in the National Games at Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Chandigarh’s Surjit Singh tries to get past a Maharashtra defender
Chandigarh’s Surjit Singh tries to get past a Maharashtra defender (on the ground) in a men’s hockey match in the 31st National Games at Jalandhar on Wednesday. 
— Photo Pandit

Fencing
Pratibha of Karnataka (L) who won the gold medal in a fencing event in Anandpur Sahib.

Participants are taking part in 3000 steeple chase
Participants are taking part in 3000 steeple chase in Guru Nanak stadium, Ludhiana.

Rower Jincymol claims gold
Chandigarh, November 21
In a major upset in the women’s single sculls final Chandigarh girl Gurpreet Kaur had to be content with silver medal as Jincymol Varghese of Kerala rowed superbly for the gold.

Maharashtra, W Bengal win
Jalandhar, November 21
Defending champions Maharashtra humbled Services 3-1 while West Bengal, making amends for their lacklustre showing in the Santosh Trophy, rallied to down Karnataka 2-1 in the men’s football competition.

Chandigarh held to goal-less draw
Jalandhar, November 21
Chandigarh made an unimpressive start in men’s hockey in the 31st National Games at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, holding Maharashtra to a goal-less draw in Pool B here today.

Maharashtra eves overwhelm Manipur
Ludhiana, November 21
Maharashtra and Jharkhand today scored spectacular wins in the women’s hockey matches with both the teams scoring 13 and 10 goals. 

Easy wins for Suresh, Pyngrope
Patiala, November 21
Manipur lad Suresh Singh unleashed an avalanche of punches which devastated his opponent Ashok Kumar of Haryana 20-8 in the first round of the fly weight category of the boxing event.

AP spikers in semis; Punjab eves ousted
Ludhiana, November 21
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala volleyball teams in the women’s section and Tamil Nadu in poll-B in men’s section stormed into the semi-finals. 

Maharashtra eves begin in style
Ludhiana, November 21
Defending champions (women) Maharashtra began their title defence in a style scoring a facile (73-38) victory over Delhi.

Delhi, Punjab wrestlers do well
Jalandhar, November 21
Delhi and Punjab dominated men and women sections of the wrestling competitions here today.

MP fencers win gold
Anandpur Sahib, November 21
T
he women’s epee events team championship, Madhya Pradesh fencers led by Dinesh Patel, Abhishek Verma, Bhupinder Singh and Dinesh Nayak won gold.

Andhra, UP shuttlers take team gold
Jalandhar, November 21
Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh triumphed in the women and men’s sections, respectively, to win the team event in the National Games here today.

Abhinav, Samresh set new records
SAS Nagar, November 21
Olympian Abhinav Bindra in air rifle event and Samresh Jung of Himachal Pradesh in free pistol created new records in their respective events.

Bengal take TT team titles
Jalandhar, November 21
Bengal once again prevailed over Tamil Nadu to win team titles in the men’s as well as women’s team table tennis event.

Manipur cyclists reign supreme
Ludhiana, November 21
Living upto their reputation, Manipur cyclists reigned supreme, winning both the gold medals at stake on the second day of the 31st National Games here today. 


Chris Cairns
New Zealand's Chris Cairns slams the ball on the ground after missing a fielding attempt during training at Hobart's Bellerive Oval on Wednesday. 
New Zealand play Australia in the second cricket Test starting Thursday.
— Reuters

Steve Waugh backs decision on Sachin
Steve Waugh Hobart, November 21
No player was above the laws of cricket and Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar had to pay the penalty for ball-tampering (“if he has picked the seam”), Australian captain Steve Waugh said today.

Saurav Ganguly writes
Everything needs an explanation
I
t was a tumultuous Test match at Port Elizabeth, and the Indian cricket team proved that when the going gets tough the tough get going. Contrary to public perception, the boys were not at all low or demoralised when play began on the final day.

Jayawardene rescues Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka, November 21

Mahela Jayawardene and Hashan Tillakaratne rescued Sri Lanka with a century stand on the opening day of the second Test today after the West Indies had paceman Colin Stuart forced out of the attack for bowling beamers.
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Haryana athletes hog limelight
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
On a day when Punjab athletes stuck a silver steak, Ludhiana’s Hardeep Kaur provided the gold lining by smashing the only National record of the 31st National Games here so far to give the home state its fourth gold in track and field events at Guru Nanak Stadium here this evening.

Punjab added one gold, four silver and a bronze medal to its track and field tally today.

It was Haryana which held the limelight winning gold medals in women’s 20 km walk (Ravina Antil) and discus throw for men (Shakti Singh). Phoolwati won a bronze in women’s hammer throw.

Anil Kumar of Services who set a new meet record in 100 metres semi-finals yesterday was a fraction slower in the final to become the fastest man of the meet pushing Ludhiana’s Olympian Ajay Raj Singh to second spot for the second successive day. He clocked 10.52 seconds today against the meet record of 10.54 seconds.

Mumbai’s Kavitha Pandey became the fastest woman of the meet as she elbowed out Vijayalakshmi of Tamil Nadu in a photo finish. She clocked 11.89 seconds.

Pin drop silence descended on the stadium as Hardeep Kaur, with her fifth throw, hurled the hammer not only to break the 60-metre barrier but also to set a new national record of 61.56 metres. The previous record of 58.95 metres was set by Harjeet Kaur at Kolkata last year.

In fact , records continued to tumble like ninepins on the second day of the competitions. National record holder Bobby Alyosious failed to improve her own record in high jump as all her three attempts to clear 1.87 metres failed. She, however, set a new National Games record of 1.82 metres, 0.03 metres higher than the previous one. Sahana Kumari of Karnataka - 1.76 metres) and M. Sangitha (Tamil Nadu - 1.70 metres) took the silver and bronze medals. Punjab’s Sukhdeep Kaur finished sixth with 1.65 metres.

K.M. Binu (Kerala - 800 metres) and Punjab’s Rajinder Kaur Junior (hammer throw for women) also improved upon the existing National Games records on a day when the home teams had a rest day in most of the team events.

Even before Hardeep Kaur hurled the hammer to a new meet record of 58.09 metres with her first throw, her team mate, Rajinder Kaur, had also surpassed the existing meet record of 51.30 metres with a throw of 52.65 metres. It was this throw that gave Rajinder Kaur a silver medal as she herself failed to record a better distance today. Bronze medallist Phoolwati of Haryana also improved the previous record with a throw of 51.55 metres.

In fact, the heroine of the day was Hardeep Kaur , who after a good throw of 58.09 metres in her first attempt, cleared only 58.05 metres in the second , improved it to 59.06 metres in the third, fouled the fourth , and was a picture of all concentration in the fifth to achieve a rare feat, of setting a new national record on her home turf with a throw of 61.56 metres, 2.61 metres more than the previous national record , was witnessed among others by her coach and a former Asian Games silver medallist, Nirmal Singh. Quick to announce her record smashing performance was former national coach, Mr J.S. Saini.

Working for Life Insurance Corporation here, 20-year-old Hardeep has set her eyes on the 2002 Asian Games and hopes to join Punjab Police soon.

It was a day when the honours and spoils were shared. Haryana started with a gold medal in 20 km walk for women as Ravina Antil took one hour 49 minutes and 51 seconds to finish. Punjab’s Jasmeen Kaur finished third, almost two minutes behind.

In discus throw for men, it was veteran Shakti Singh whose first heave of 54.52 metres gave him the gold. In fact, things were easy for him as his main rival, Bahadur Singh from Punjab, failed to take the field because of a pulled muscle after yesterday’s shot put event.

Punjab had to content with a silver medal through Sukhbir Singh whose second attempt saw him clearing 52.25 metres while bronze went to Jaiveer Singh of Rajasthan.

Tamil Nadu’s C. Latha beat Punjab’s Madhuri Singh to the post in an exciting finish to the 800 metres final in women’s section. In the 800 metres final for men, it was Kerala all the way but for Tejkaran of MP who took the bronze. All the four — ultimate winner K.M. Binu, PS Primesh, Tejkaran and P.J. Robin — all improved upon the existing meet record of 1:50.34 seconds. Binu clocked 1:48.69 secs.

In the 3000 metre steeplechase, Arun D’Souza of Karnataka was the winner with a timing of 9:03,40 seconds. Punjab’s Kamaljit Singh finished fourth behind Rajesh Kumar and Rajan Kumar Jha, both of Services.

An equally absorbing event was 5,000 metres for women where national champion Madhuri Gurnule (Maharashtra) after a tough fight from Delhi’s pint-sized Pushpa romped home comfortably with a clear 50 metre margin to return a timing of 16:51.90 secs. L. Manjula of Karnataka was third.
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Need to create second rung of lifters
From Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, November 21
Faulty planning and lack of a second rung may cost the country dear in women weightlifting which had got the country its lone medal in the Sydney Olympics.

Women weightlifting, which had got the country good results in various international meets and was one of the few success stories of Indian sports, may no longer be so with the country not finding any replacements for the veteran weightlifters.

While Malleshwari, who bagged a bronze medal at Sydney, is no longer in the reckoning after giving birth to a child, Kunjurani is cooling her heels after a positive dope test and does not have age also on her side. Another veteran weightlifter Lakshmi is in the process of making a comeback after giving birth to a child. The best young bet of the country — Sonamacha Chanu — is also out of active competition after a knee injury and may not be in action for quite some time.

This virtually leaves the cupboard empty, according to experts of the game. Indian Weightlifting Federation ad hoc committee member Balbir Singh admits that too much importance was given to the veterans earlier. He said the present Sonamacha Chanu was the only lifter who could make her mark at the international level.

Indian women’s team chief coach Pal Singh Sandhu also has similar feelings. Talking to TNS, he said there was an urgent need to start junior and sub junior camps. He said he had been constantly raising the demand for creation of a second rung of lifters but the federation bosses had not done anything in this regard.

He said a move to produce junior lifters was being started saying the women’s team had been sent to the world championships recently with this in mind. He said though the team had gone to gain international exposure, one of the contestants Sunaina had bagged a bronze medal indicating the juniors if handled properly could give results. He said it may take another two years to build an appropriate team for the Asian games and the Olympics.

Arjuna awardee and star lifter Sonamacha Chanu herself feels juniors are not able to fill the gaps left by the retirement of the veterans. Chanu feels a lot can be achieved if the talented juniors are given access to sports medicine and nutrition experts and specialised coaches. She said the atmosphere in the past had been such that foreign coaches and doctors were recruited to look after the needs of a single lifter and others could not take advantage of his services.

Federation ad hoc member Balbir Singh said the federation was already in the process of recruiting sports medicine scientists so that the progress of lifters could be properly monitored and they are rehabilitated quickly in the case of injury. He said the federation had also discussed with SAI need to identify promising lifters and put them through specialised training. 
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Muthu lifts gold
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, November 21
Sydney Olympian T. Muthu of Tamil Nadu lived upto his top billing as he garnered gold medal in the men’s section of the 56 kg category in weightlifting that commenced at the Rink hall here today.

T. Muthu had a total lift of 247 Kgs. He was followed by Punjab lad Vicky Batta who lifted 240 kgs to bag silver. Bronze went to M.P. Radhakrishnan of Maharashtra who had a total lift of 230 kgs to his name.

On the distaff side, in the 48 kg category Karnataka lifter Sharda Siddi won the gold with a total lift of 165 kgs. Krishnaveni of Andhra Pradesh took the gold and Tikina Gopal of Orissa the bronze. Both had identical lifts of 162.5 kgs. However, by virtue of her lower body weight Krishnaveni won.Top

 

MEDAL TALLY

  Gold Silver Bronze

Services

8

1

7

Punjab

7

12

8

Manipur

6

3

2

Kerala

5

5

5

Tamil Nadu

3

4

2

Haryana

3

2

2

West Bengal

3

0

2

Karnataka

2

7

3

Maharashtra

2

2

5

Andhra Pradesh

2

1

2

Andaman Nicobar

2

0

2

Uttar Pradesh

2

0

2

Madhya Pradesh

1

1

2

Rajasthan

1

0

2

Himachal

1

0

1

Orissa

0

1

3

Delhi

0

5

5

Chandigarh

0

1

1

Assam

0

1

0

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Doping mandatory for gold medallists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
The Doping Commission has started its work here from Wednesday. Initially, the commission is focusing only on track and field events and from Thursday it will pick cyclicts also for the dope tests. A member of the commission said six samples were taken from track and field on Tuesday. 

With the exception of shot put gold medallist Bahadur Singh, who retired with a pulled muscle, all other winners were picked for the dope test. On Wednesday winners of all track and field events were taken for doping. When Hardeep Kaur beat the national record in hammer throw, she was told by the technical officials that she must go for dope test immediately after the event was over. 

The samples so taken would be sent to the national laboratory in New Delhi for testing. 
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Rower Jincymol claims gold
Rubinder Gill
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
In a major upset in the women’s single sculls final Chandigarh girl Gurpreet Kaur had to be content with silver medal as Jincymol Varghese of Kerala rowed superbly for the gold in the 31st National Games here today.

Services rowers were the most successful taking four gold.

In a close race in the men’s double sculls, Services and Punjab were almost neck-and-neck, when Services took the gold with a tremendous final finish. West Bengal finished third.

In the men’s single sculls Ratheesh D.B. of Services powered home for gold in 1.51:34. Punjab’s Nirmal Singh was a distant third while Karnataka’s Baskar Reddy took silver.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ Manjula Rai and Services’ Ram Pal Singh were the most successful rowers, winning two gold medals each while Jincymol Varghese won a gold and a silver.

In the men’s coxless fours Services Ram Pal Singh, Bim Kurian, Harjeet Singh and M Rehman took the gold powering past Karnataka in 135:76. Andhra Pradesh took the bronze.

Men’s coxless pairs ended in a dramatic finish as Services and Andhra Pradesh, both, were awarded gold in a photo finish.

Results: Single sculls (men): SSCB 1, Punjab 2, Karnataka 3; women: Kerala 1, Chandigarh 2, A&N Islands 3; double sculls (men): SSCB 1, Punjab 2, WB 3; women: A&N Islands 1, Kerala 2, Orissa 3; coxless pairs (men): SSCB, AP 1, Chandigarh 3; women: Kerala 1, Orissa 2, A & N Islands 3, coxless fours (men): SSCB 1, Karnataka 2, AP 3; women: A & N Islands 1, Kerala 2, Orissa 3.Top

 

Maharashtra, W Bengal win
Amardeep Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 21
Defending champions Maharashtra humbled Services 3-1 while West Bengal, making amends for their lacklustre showing in the Santosh Trophy, rallied to down Karnataka 2-1 in the men’s football competition of the 31st National Games which got under way at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here today.

In the women’s section, Bengal trounced Assam 2-0 while hosts Punjab routed Orissa 3-1 to make a winning start in the competition.

Unlike West Bengal and Goa, who have fielded second string teams in the men’s section, Maharashtra had some well known faces like Air-India’s Naushad Moosa and Osborne D’Souza besides Narendra Meetei who all have figured in the high-profile National Football League. In sharp contrast West Bengal did not have a single player from top clubs like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal or Tollygunge Agragami. The three clubs will be participating in the National Football League scheduled to kick off next month and probably this is one reason why top players do not constitute the team line-up.

The West Bengal squad comprises three players each from FCI, Bharati Sangha, and George Telegraph; two each from SAIL and Calcutta Port Trust; and one each from BNR, Bata, West Bengal Police and Coal India. Nevertheless, five of the Bengal players, namely Shibsankar Chowdhary, Saikat Mondal, Sujay Dutta, Rabi Karmakar, and Sandeep Ghosh represented the state in the Santosh Trophy at Mumbai recently.

Karnataka made a good start and in fact stunned the Bengal camp in the 37th minute when BV Pradeep’s powerful right-footer from the top of the box found the left corner of the net (1-0). This was followed by a fine header by G. Kanicka Raj but the Bengal custodian managed to punch the ball away.

West Bengal had to wait till the 57th minute for the equaliser which came off Saikat Mondal and the goal boosted the morale of the team to a great extent. In the 65th minute, Sujay Dutta scored the match winner with a confident lob over the advanced Karnataka custodian to give his team full points. Karnataka did get some good opportunities and on one occasion K. Venkatesh’s powerful volley failed to beat the goalkeeper.

Maharashtra owed their success to Sushil Karthak, Narendra Meetei, and Tomba Singh. Maharashtra took the lead in the 22nd minute through Karthak but Services restored parity through Preetam Bahadur who converted a spot kick following a foul in the penalty area. Later Maharashtra took control and scored two more goals through Meetei and Tomba Singh. The last goal came a minute before the end off a brilliant free kick by Tomba Singh, whose right-footer beat the wall of defenders before sailing into the net (3-1).

Earlier, in the women’s section, Punjab rode on Paramjit Kaur’s brilliance to rout Orissa 3-1. All three goals for Punjab were the result of Paramjit’s efforts and in fact she herself was the scorer of the first goal. The other scorers were Rashpal Kaur and Rajwant Kaur.
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Chandigarh held to goal-less draw
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 21
Chandigarh made an unimpressive start in men’s hockey in the 31st National Games at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, holding Maharashtra to a goal-less draw in Pool B here today.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh received yet another drubbing at the hands of Karnataka, going down by five goals without reply. Yesterday, Andhra had lost to Services by an identical margin.

Mukhtiar Singh of Maharashtra was the first to test the Chandigarh custodian with a rasping hit but goalkeeper Riazuddin was unbeatable.

Chandigarh hit back with a counter-attack and Jaswinder managed to cut through a horde of defenders but Maharashtra’s Gursev Singh managed to dispossess him in the nick of time. A penalty corner for Chandigarh soon after also went abegging. Towards the end, Maharashtra had another good opportunity as Shanta Kumar, standing close to the goal-line, received a cross from the right but despite an empty goal in front, he failed to guide the ball home. Chandigarh forced another penalty corner towards the end, which also proved abortive and the two teams remained content with one point each.

Earlier, Karnataka made mincemeat of Andhra Pradesh, mauling them by 5-0. Sandeep Michall opened the account in the sixth minute with a field goal and Laxman Rao added the second in the 22nd minute. After the breather, Karnataka scored three more through Laxman Rao, John Verghese and Ronald Kiran to shatter the hopes of the Andhra outfit.

Tomorrow four matches will be played. Bengal will meet Tamil Nadu; Chandigarh will take on Services; Punjab will clash with Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka will square off with Maharashtra. Top

 

Maharashtra eves overwhelm Manipur
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
Maharashtra and Jharkhand today scored spectacular wins in the women’s hockey matches with both the teams scoring 13 and 10 goals, respectively in the National Games here. Orissa defeated Uttar Pradesh 2-0. None of the losers which included Manipur, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh could open their account.

Maharashtra who are playing with a number senior and junior international players made Manipur look too small. The Maharashtra girls did not allow the ball to move out of the Manipur half. While the score was 4-0 in the first half, Maharashtra grew more aggressive in the second half.

For Maharashtra Shangai Chand and Pakpi Devi, both international players scored four goals each, while Mamta Kharar and Fatima scored two goals each. Lata Suraj scored one goal for her team. It was Mamta’s brilliant field goal in the seventh minute of the game that gave Maharashtra the lead, followed by Shangai in the 18th minute, Pakpi in the 21st minute and Fatima in the 34th minute. Playing with added confidence the Maharashtra girls, in the second half, averaged one goal every fourth minute against an apparently defenceless Manipur. Maharashtra who are the title holders have a number of players from Manipur.

The match between the Jharkhand and its parent state Bihar also proved to be a one-sided with the former scoring 10 goals without much resistance.

The Jharkhand girls opened their account in the third minute when international player Pushpa Pradhan converted a penalty corner. She was followed by Phoolmani Roy in the sixth minute, who scored a field goal. In the very next minute Premshila Kujur converted another penalty corner. However, for the next 25 minutes the Bihar girls tried to put up a strong resistance and also made some good moves. But they were unable to convert them into the goal. But again in 32 and 33rd minutes Premshila and Pushpa scored two more goals taking the first half score to 5-0. It was a replay in the second half with Jharkhand scoring five more goals in the 49th, 54th, 56th, 66th and 60th minutes. For Jharkhand Pushpa scored three goals, Phoolmani and Sumrai scored two goals each, while Premshila, Marisa and Ekka Anita scored one goal each.

However, the match between Orissa and Uttar Pradesh proved to be relatively balanced, with both the teams putting their best. Although UP put up a strong defence, yet Sarita Ekka managed to break the cordon in the 20th minute, scoring a field goal. She was followed by Jasneeta Topo in the 23rd minute. At the half time the score was 2-0.Top

 

Easy wins for Suresh, Pyngrope
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, November 21
Manipur lad Suresh Singh unleashed an avalanche of punches which devastated his opponent Ashok Kumar of Haryana 20-8 in the first round of the fly weight category of the boxing event of the National Games held at Polo Grounds here today evening.

Suresh shredded his rival’s defence ribbons. In the first two rounds the young Haryana boxer had Suresh in some difficulty. However, Suresh overcame the problem and simply pulverised Ashok Kumar into submission by unleashing some powerful punches.

The best bout of the evening was the one between the experienced T. Kharpean of Meghalya and highly-talented G. Durgaparsad of Andhra Pradesh in the fly weight category. It was a narrow defeat for the up-and-coming pugilist. Strapping G. Durgaparsad went down by the narrowest of margins 10-11 to his more experienced rival.

For the first three rounds, both Kharpean and Durgaparsad matched each other point for point, punch for punch and by the end of the round, T.Kharpean led by a single point. In the opening seconds of fourth round, Durgaparsad capitalised on an opening and landed two outstanding right hooks catching his rival completely off guard. Amidst a plethora of lop-sided contests, the spotlight in the bantamweight category was on B. Pyngrope of Services. Without straining himself he floored his opponent, S.Dhyani of Uttaranchal, with his first and only punch of the bout, a devastating left hook that brooked no resistance from his rival.

The other results: (Ist round-flyweight category): T. Khan (Jharkhand) b R.K. Yadav (Delhi) 15-6; MDS Khan (Bengal) b P. Saglu (MP) (RSC); O.Negi (HP) b S. Sawant (Goa)-RSC; Bhim Singh (Punjab) b S.K. Badathoki (Gujarat)-RSC; Ist round-bantamweight): D.Prasad (Jharkhand) b D. Marandi (Orissa)-RSC; D. Singh (Chandigarh) b P. Thapa (Meghalya) 18-4; P. Rajesh (TN) b U. Suryavanshi (Guj) 8-5; Vikas (HP) b P. Singh (MP) 13-4; (Ist round featherweight): Rajnish (Haryana) b Rakesh (J and K) 15-3; Ranjit Singh (Punjab) b Rishi Kant (Meghalya) 19-3. Top

 

AP spikers in semis; Punjab eves ousted
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 21
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala volleyball teams in the women’s section and Tamil Nadu in poll-B in men’s section stormed into the semi-finals of the 31st National Games at Guru Nanak indoor stadium here today. Punjab girls’ challenge fizzled out as they lost meekly in their first two encounters.

Andhra Pradesh will meet Kerala in the first semi-final in women’s section on November 23 while Tamil Nadu will face Karnataka in the second semi-final scheduled for the same day. The pool-A in the men’s section, which is witnessing the toughest contest, is interestingly poised. This pool includes strong teams like defending champions Punjab, Kerela, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Karnataka girls were the first to reach the semi-finals stage in the morning when they comfortably beat West Bengal in straight sets. With the help of some power play, Karnataka girls defeated W. Bengal 25-18, 25-19 and 25-22.

Favourites and defending champions Kerala with lanky girls stormed into the semifinals by crushing Delhi by three sets to nil. The Delhi girls were not any match for the talent of Kerala girls and lost 18-25, 16-25 and 18-25.

The third fixture of the day between Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh in pool-B of the women’s section was also a one-sided affair. Strong contenders for the title Andhra Pradesh allowed no respite to the Chandigarh girls and trounced them 25-20, 25-10 and 25-14.

Much to the dismay to a large number of spectators that had come to cheer up the Punjab girls, Tamil Nadu girls showed no mercy and sealed the Punjab girls’ fate in the championship. Contrary to the hopes that the Punjab girls would put up some fight in the do or die match, they surrendered meekly 10-25, 13-25 and 11-25.

In the men’s section, Services boys kept their hopes alive in by defeating Delhi in straight sets. Riding on the the stoutly built Shijas P. Mohammad and B.P. Aman, the Services team put behind their defeat to Uttar Pradesh yesterday and beat them 25-15, 25-17 and 25-14.

Tamil Nadu boys enjoying the week opposition in the pool-B of the men’s section confirmed their place in the semifinals by defeating Uttar Pradesh in straight sets. The score card read 25-21, 25-21 and 25-18. The trio of M.S. Rajesh, Shivarajan and Jobi Joseph scripted the victory. V. Subbarao and Mithlesh Singh of Uttar Pradesh put up some challenge but could not match the power-play of the Tamil Nadu.Top

 

Maharashtra eves begin in style
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, November 21
Defending champions (women) Maharashatra began their title defence in a style scoring a facile (73-38) victory over Delhi on the second day of the 31st National Games at the indoor basketball hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In a group ‘B’ match, holders faced little resistence from their rivals and managed to penetrate into their defence time and again. Maharashtra’s Manisha Kaprakar and I.V. Cherian gave tremendous performance scoring 18 and 15 points, respectivley. Linsy Joseph (12) and Arinka Gujjar (11) too contributed in their side’s cmprehensive win.

For Delhi, Nishita Chowdhary top scored with 13 points while Rameshwari chipped in with 9 points.

The other group ‘B’ match in the women’s section between Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh turned out to be a one-sided affair in which the former scored an easy win by 70-45 after establishing a lead of 29 points (45-16) at the end of second quarter.

The main scorers for the winners were Ranjini Jose and Bindo Korath who scored 24 and 23 points, respectively. P. Anita contributed 8 points.

For the losers, the bulk of scoring was done by Prasana Lajras and Nanda Jain who netted 24 and 12 points, respectively. Deepa G. (7) and Savita Deshwal (6) were the other scorers.

In the matches played late last evening, Andhra Pradesh in women section and Jharkhand in the men section registered victories over their rivals.

In a group ‘A’ match, Andhra Pradesh eves outplayed Karnataka 86-60 after leading 40-30 at the breather. For the winners, Jetty Jose and Sofi Sam netted 19 and 17 points respectively while Sisley and Laiji U.P accounted for 16 points each. Yamuna chipped in with 14 points. For Karnataka, Rajayalakshmi scored 29 points, including 4 three pointers and Savitha M.R contributed 17 points.

In a group ‘B’ encounter in the men’s section, Jharkhand in their first appearance overpowered Karnataka 71-58. The winners established an 8-point lead (35-27) at half time. For Jharkhand, Desraj excelled with 22 points. Top

 

Delhi, Punjab wrestlers do well
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, November 21
Delhi and Punjab dominated men and women sections of the wrestling competitions here today.

While Rakesh of Punjab and Yogeshwar Dutt of Delhi easily sailed into third round of 54 kg category of free style wrestling competition in men’s section, Delhi’s Somali and Suman Preet of Punjab secured a place in third round of 46 kg and 68 kg categories, respectively among women.

Mukesh of Delhi out classed rival Chandigarh’s Joginder by fall and Punjab’s Gurbinder virtually made Parshant of SSCB helpless to enter into third round of Greeco Roman competitions in 54 kg and 63 kg category respectively.Top

 

MP fencers win gold
Arvind Katyal

Anandpur Sahib, November 21
The women’s epee events team championship, Madhya Pradesh fencers led by Dinesh Patel, Abhishek Verma, Bhupinder Singh and Dinesh Nayak won gold in the National Games here today.

In the breathtaking final, MP outplayed Karnataka at 2-1. Bronze medal winners were Kerala and Manipur. The team from Manipur despite the presence of international Athokpam Dipak Meetei could not save it from defeat.

In women’s epee individual final, Pratibha of Karnataka stole the show when she clinched gold medal for her state by beating Lakshni who got silver. Charmahari of Kerala and Usha Rani of Manipur each bagged bronze medals.

The fencers from Punjab could not do well till today and the experts on the condition of anonymity attributed it to the fact that Punjab does not have a single fencing coach. Top

 

Andhra, UP shuttlers take team gold
Nimrata

Jalandhar, November 21
Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh triumphed in the women and men’s sections, respectively, to win the team event in the National Games here today.

Andhra Pradesh eves won 2-0 defeating Maharashtra. P.V.V. Lakxmi showed here supremacy over Krupa Tolang of Maharashtra winning 7-2, 7-0, 7-2. In the doubles, Jwala and Shruti won against Sampada and Archana of Maharashtra 7-1, 7-4, 7-0.

In the men’s event, Uttar Pradesh beat Karnataka 3-0. Abhinn Shyam Gupta of Uttar Pradesh won his first singles against D. Guru Prasad of Karnataka 7-4, 7-0, 7-0. In the second singles, Sushant Saxena thrashed N. Shivprakash 7-4, 7-1, 7-1. The doubles pair of Sushant and Ravinder was too good for N. Shiv Prakash and Krishna, winning 7-2, 7-1, 7-0.

Earlier, Punjab went down fighting 1-3 against Karnataka. Punjab’s Sachin Ratti didn’t give much chance to B.N. Sudhakar, who lost the first game 5-7. Sachin was too good for him and Sudhakar lost the rest with little resistance, 1-7, 0-7. In the second singles between Harish of Punjab and B. Arvind Bhatt of Karnataka, Harish fought valiantly in the first game showing good rallies but lost it 5-7. In the next game Harish lost his momentum and went down without scoring a point. The third was decided for Karnataka as Harish could not put up much resistance inspite of some very good shots. He lost 5-7.

In the doubles Arvind and Guru Prasad of Karnakata prevailed over Punjab’s pair of Vijaydeep and Gurmit Singh 7-4, 6-8, 7-4, 7-5. Punjab pair could not last for long in front of Arvind and Guru Prasad. Punjab lost the first game by 4-7 but came back in the second from 4-6 to win the game 8-6. The Karnataka pair recovered and won the next 7-4. Some good shots from Arvind and Guru Prasad in the centre court took them to victory in the final game. The last singles between Rohan of Punjab and Guru Prasad of Karnataka was the decider, with Guru Prasad displayed wonderful shots. Both played a fast and attacking game with short rallies. Guru Prasad won the first two games 7-5, 7-2 but got tired and lost the third and fourth games 2-7, 2-7. Rohan tried his best to continue the winning run but lost it 4-7.

In the other semifinal, Uttar Pradesh advanced to the final defeating Kerala 3-1. Abhinn Shyam Gupta of Uttar Pradesh gave his team the lead by winning against Rupesh Kumar 7-0, 7-5, 7-5. It was Sushant Saxena who got the better of Jaison Xavier 7-0, 7-2, 7-2 taking his team to a 2-0 lead. The doubles pair of Abhinn Shyam and Utsav lacked coordination and went down to Markose Bristow and V.Diju of Kerala in four games, 7-2, 5-7, 2-7, 5-7. The third singles between Ravindra Singh of UP and Sanaye Thomas was a slow game. Ravindra won the first game 7-4 but lost the second 5-7. Sanaya won the third game 7-0. Ravindra came back from 1-2 down as he changed his strategy. He won the next two by 7-2, 7-2 to take his team to the final.

In the women’s section, Andhra Pradesh beat West Bengal 2-0. West Bengal could not put up a strong fight against Andhra Pradesh. The singles between P.V.V. Lakshmi of Andhra Pradesh and B. Raha was decided in four games. Raha of West Bengal lost the first to easily 0-7, 1-7 but fought in the third and won it 8-7. Raha’s resistance was not good enough and Lakshmi succeeded to give her team the lead by winning it by 7-2. The doubles pair of Jwala and Shruti Kurian of Andhra Pradesh outclassed B.Raha and A. Bhattacharjee of Bengal 7-0, 7-1, 7-1.Top

 

 

Abhinav, Samresh set new records
Our Sports Reporter

SAS Nagar, November 21
Olympian Abhinav Bindra in air rifle event and Samresh Jung of Himachal Pradesh in free pistol created new records in their respective events, in the 31st National Games here today. Abhinav helped Punjab win second gold in team event of this event. He was accompanied by Jaspreet Dhaliwal and Sukhmanpreet Sidhu. Delhi team bagged silver medal.

Abhinav had shot 591 in the last week state championship today he was able to maintain his calm and at the end of his preliminary rounds in the morning he again shot 591/600. In the final round, held in the afternoon, Abhinav shot an impressive 692.8/700 breaking the old record of T.C. Pallangappa. In the final round, the silver medal went to Praveen Kumar of Delhi who shot 684.8 while bronze medal was taken by Jaspreet Dhaliwal of Punjab who shot 684.8. In earlier rounds, both Praveen and Jaspreet were tied at 585 each.

In free pistol event, the HP shooter Samresh Jung shot an impressive 656.3 and broke the old record in this event held by T.C. Singh at 640.4. It was a disappointment for the Olympian Jaspal Rana who could attain silver medal in this event by scoring 634.2. The bronze medal went to Zakir Khan of Uttar Pradesh. who shot 625.8.

In the individual event of the double trap, RSS Rathore of Services was leading at 119 while Punjab’s Manavjit Sandhu was second at 115. Another Punjab shooter Ronjan Sodhi was third at 111.

Tomorrow the air rifle women events will take place.
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Bengal take TT team titles
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, November 21
Bengal once again prevailed over Tamil Nadu to win team titles in the men’s as well as women’s team table tennis event in the National Games under way at Hans Raj Stadium, here today.

Bengal defeated Tamil Nadu by 3-0 in the men’s section. Arup Basak beat A. Sharath Kamal of Tamil Nadu in straight games 11-6, 11-7, 11-5. Sourabh Chakrabarty and Ranabir Das also won their matches.

Last years champion Tamil Nadu could not retain the title as they went down fighting to Bengal 3-2 in the women’s team table tennis.

Poulomi Ghatak of Bengal defeated N.R. Indu in three straight games. N.R. Indu gave some resistance in the first game but lost 11-8. In the next two games, Poulomi’s quickness was too good for Indu and Indu went down by 11-6, 11-7.

In the second singles, Mouma Das of Bengal lost to T. Pradeepa in a fighting match. Mouma trailing by two games (7-11, 7-11) came back to win the third game by 11-8. In the fourth game, the play was slowed down and both played very cautiously. Mouma won the game 11-8. In the final game both girls made some mistakes but Pradeepa prevailed over Mouma closely by 11-8, winning the match and giving her team the equaliser.

The third singles between Kasturi Chakraborty and Arul Salvi was again a fighting match. Arul of Tamil Nadu won it by 13-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-7. Kasturi of Bengal gave good display of shots but could not do much. She took the game to duece but lost it at 13-11. She came back to win the next by 11-9. Finally Arul of Tamil Nadu had some lucky shots and won the next two by 14-12 and 11-7.

The fourth singlss won closely contested as Mouma Das of Bengal beat N.R. Indu in five games by 6-11, 17-15, 9-11, 12-10, 11-5.

The event was decided in the fifth and final game, between Poulomi and T. Pradeepa of Tamil Nadu. Poulomi won in straight three games 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 to win the team championship for her team.

Earlier, in the women’s section, Tamil Nadu beat Maharashtra 3-0. In a one-sided match T. Pradeepa defeated Janhaiv Deshpande of Maharashtra 11-5, 11-5, 11-8. In the second singles, Shalmali of Maharashtra put up a good fight against N.R. Indu but lost 11-13, 10-12, 12-10, 4-11. It was fighting game from the beginning. N. Arul of Tamil Nadu overtook Radhika 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 to take her team to the finals.

In the second semifinal in the women’s section Bengal defeated Delhi with a similar score of 3-0. Delhi’s Pratima Syal went down fighting to Poonam of Bengal in five games 11-8, 6-11, 5-11, 13-11, 2-11. Top

 

Manipur cyclists reign supreme
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 21
Living upto their reputation, Manipur cyclists reigned supreme, winning both the gold medals at stake on the second day of the 31st National Games here today. Manipur’s cyclists also bagged one silver and a bronze.

In the 500 m time trial (women), Ch. Rameshwori Devi, gold medallist in SAARC Games, setting up a blistering pace, took 39.244 seconds to clinch a gold for Manipur. H. Ranjitha Devi of Punjab too fared well ( 41.364 seconds ) for the silver. G. Geetanjali Devi of Manipur clocked 41.996 seconds to lift the bronze.

In the 1000 m time trial (men) Ch. Premjit Singh of Manipur, with timing of 1:12.567 seconds, proved too good for others. His team-mate K. Indra Kumar Singh took 1:12.690 seconds for the silver while Kerala rider, Vishnu Chand, with 1:14.110 seconds, had to content with the bronze.

Meanwhile, the following four out 13 riders secured their berths in the 4000 m individual pursuit for men. In the semifinals, they performed as : Shiv Ram Chowdhary (Rajasthan) 5:19.895 seconds, Jeeta Ram Chowdhary (Rajasthan) 5:20.272 seconds, Sandeep Malik (SSCB) 5:23.396 seconds and Sukhjinder Singh (Punjab) 5:23.852 seconds.

In 3000 m individual pursuit semifinals (women), eight riders participated and the following four qualified for the final. In the semifinals, they performed as Ch. Rameshwori Devi (Manipur) 4:28.140 seconds, N. Choaba Devi (Manipur) 4:32.760 seconds, Anitha Andrews (Kerala) 4:34.816 seconds and W.Bemcha Devi (Punjab) 4:48.285 seconds.
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Steve Waugh backs decision on Sachin

Hobart, November 21
No player was above the laws of cricket and Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar had to pay the penalty for ball-tampering (“if he has picked the seam”), Australian captain Steve Waugh said today.

“If he’s picked the seam (of the ball) then he has got to pay the penalty like everyone else,” Waugh said on the eve of Australia’s second Test against New Zealand here.

“There shouldn’t be any favours because of your reputation or the way you play the game.

“If you do something wrong then you have to get pulled up for it”, Waugh said.

Waugh, a staunch cricket traditionalist, applauded the decision to punish Tendulkar for ball-tampering, saying it showed the International Cricket Council (ICC) was no longer prepared to tolerate on-field misbehaviour.

He said in the past ICC match referees had been too lenient in handling similar issues.

“I think it’s been going on too long, the ball-tampering, affecting the state of the ball,” he said.

“It’s about time people starting paying the penalty. If someone does something wrong they have to be penalised and in the past I think a lot of the players were let off, it wasn’t consistent.

“As long as they are consistent, that’s fine by the players.”

While the on-field behaviour of his own side has often been questioned, Waugh said he had made his players aware he would not tolerate ball-tampering.

“If they are caught picking the ball they are on their own,” he said of his team-mates.

“Everyone knows how you’re supposed to play, you’re not supposed to tamper with the ball and if they do that, they will face the consequences. You play tough but fair”, he said.

Waugh obviously has no compunctions in playing alongside his twin brother Mark and ace leg-spinner Shane Warne, both of who had been imposed substantial fines by the Australian Cricket Board after admitting to have accepted money from bookies. Mark was also questioned by the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption unit which found no evidence of his involvement in match-fixing.

In London, the British Press today hit out at Indian cricket board President Jagmohan Dalmiya for demanding the sacking of the former England captain Mike Denness as the match referee for the Test series between India and South Africa following his controversial punishments to six Indian cricketers.

Reporting on the outrage felt in India over the harsh penalties handed down by Denness and Dalmiya’s ultimatum, newspapers called the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief “a loose cannon” who had shown wilful contempt for the authority of match referees.

“Dalmiya has enhanced his reputation as something of loose cannon by calling for the replacement of Mike Denness, the match referee for India’s Test series in South Africa,” said a report in “The Times”.

Referring to Dalmiya’s ultimatum that either Denness be changed or his decisions be kept in abeyance, the daily said: “Some observers, though, believe that Dalmiya showed wilful contempt for the authority of match referees, undermining the International Cricket Council’s attempt to improve standards of behaviour at international level”.

On the same issue, The Guardian wrote “The bellicose President of the Indian cricket board acted after Denness found Sachin guilty of ball-tampering and five of his teammates guilty of other offences, including excessive appealing”. Agencies
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MRF bat for Waugh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
Steve Waugh, captain of the Australian cricket team and one of the best batsmen in the world, will be wielding an MRF bat for the next three years. The sponsorship, which includes using of MRF bats and other cricket equipment and promotional endorsement of MRF products, was formally announced by Mr K.M. Mammen, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, MRF Limited.

With MRF’s policy of sponsoring outstanding world-class batsmen, Steve Waugh, after Sachin Tendulkar, was the obvious choice. Waugh has been one of the most successful captains in recent times. He led Australia to be the leaders among the Test playing nations and also won the World Cup for Australia in 1999.

Steve Waugh’s achievements in ODI and Tests have been noteworthy. 
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Saurav Ganguly writes
Everything needs an explanation

It was a tumultuous Test match at Port Elizabeth, and the Indian cricket team proved that when the going gets tough the tough get going. Contrary to public perception, the boys were not at all low or demoralised when play began on the final day. We were confident since we were aware that the world knew what had happened. In fact, the hour of crisis brought the team together and drawing the Test was a foregone conclusion if you saw how committed the entire team was. In fact, I would say that rain robbed us of an interesting finish. We were 200-odd for three at the end of the Test and the way we were batting we would have had a go at even a total of 450, had we had enough time.

Deep Dasgupta played an outstanding innings, showing maturity far beyond his years and experience. Late on the eve of the match, he came up to me said that he was keen to open the batting, and I decided to go along with his request.

I had all plans of opening, but Deep’s enthusiasm made me change my mind and I have no regrets after the way he performed. Though we play for the same Ranji Team, I have never seen him bat. But the manner in which he handled the quick bowlers was exemplary, and I have no doubt that we have found a player who will serve India for many years to come.

Dravid was his usual solid self and showed once again that he is a class player. Some people forget that after so many years he has to be special if he’s got a average of over 50. The media for instance is in a hurry to write off players and in this case even imagines a rift between the vice-captain and me when nothing of the sort exists.

Sadly, these two tremendous performances have taken the backseat thanks to the events off the field. As for as the team is concerned, we have relayed our thoughts to the BCCI. We are going along with our preparations for the third Test, and are going to obey whatever decision the board takes. All I can say now is that the situation is very fluid at the moment with regard to yesterday’s bans.

Sachin Tendulkar was indeed very upset since his record until now has been impeccable, and Sehwag was particularly disappointed about being banned from the third Test.

In keeping with the rulebook I will not comment on any of these decisions, but like the rest of the Indians here, I feel that saddest part was that Mr Dennes did not speak at the press conference. In today’s world everything needs an explanation.

With Sehwag being banned, Connor Williams automatically comes in. In Port Elizabeth, we made the mistake of not playing three seamers and plan to rectify that.

Venkatesh Prasad and Nehra are in the running with the balance tilted in favour of Prasad. However, as I said the situation is very fluid as far the bans are concerned, and would not like to decide the final eleven just yet. Centurion was a happy hunting ground for us during the one-dayers and hopefully we will maintain our record there.

I would like to thank the media for backing the team to the hilt and hopefully they will do the same in the future.

Our supporters back home have also been wonderful, and I would like to tell them that their team is not down and out. In fact we are committed to carrying on as we normally would.

Anil Kumble has organised a charity dinner today, which the entire team will attend. We have a day off and by tomorrow would have cleared our heads of what happened in Port Elizabeth. Gameplan
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Jayawardene rescues Lanka

Kandy, Sri Lanka, November 21
Mahela Jayawardene and Hashan Tillakaratne rescued Sri Lanka with a century stand on the opening day of the second Test today after the West Indies had paceman Colin Stuart forced out of the attack for bowling beamers.

The home side, having won the toss, closed on 193 for five wickets, with Tillakaratne unbeaten on 60, after the final session was washed out by rain.

Jayawardene just missed out on a hundred for the second time in the three-Test series when he was dismissed for 88.

The main drama, however, came in the opening overs of the match when Stuart was barred from bowling for the rest of the innings for hurling two beamers in an over at Sanath Jayasuriya.

That saw West Indies, already struggling with injuries, lose half of their bowling attack within the first hour.

Stuart had been brought on to complete key strike bowler Mervyn Dillon’s fourth over after Dillon temporarily retired to the pavilion with a stomach ailment.

Stuart bowled three balls — one legal delivery sandwiched between two head-high beamers — at Jayasuriya at the Asgiriya International Stadium being stepped down by umpire John Hampshire.

The over was finally completed by opening batsman Chris Gayle, after eight balls, 14 minutes and the use of three bowlers.

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka first innings

Atapattu lbw b Dillon 0

Jayasuriya c Gayle b Collins 16

Sangakkara b Ramnarine 15

Jayawardene c and b Ramnarine 88

Arnold b Ramnarine 4

Tillakaratne not out 60

Samaraweera not out 4

Extras: (lb-2 nb-4) 6

Total: (for five wickets) 193

Fall of wickets: 1-0 2-27 3-49 4-53 5-169

Bowling: Dillon 8.2-1-25-1, Collins 14-1-53-1, Stuart 0.1-0-2-0, Gayle 0.3-0-4-0, Hooper 17-5-35-0, Ramnarine 16-3-54-3, Samuels 3-0-18-0. ReutersTop

 
 SPORTS BRIEFS

POOJA WINS OPENING BOUT
PATIALA:
The discipline of women’s boxing, introduced in the National Games for the first time, commenced at Polo Grounds here on Wednesday. On day one, the spotlight was held by the fast moving Pooja Devi of Haryana, who worked hard to quell a spirited challenge put up by her opponent, Sindhumol of Kerala, beating her 11-10 in one of the most enthralling bouts of the day. Leading 8-5 in the third round, the Haryana boxer put up a tremendous fight and managed to come back strongly in the contest to draw level at 9-9. However, it was in the fourth round that Pooja came into her own and reeled off two successive points to win the bout 11-10. Other results (Ist round- light pinweight): Monika Singh (UP) b E.Thasasi (TN) 12-6; J. Gautam (AP) b Ritu (Punjab) 12-8; (Ist round-flyweight): Nindera (AP) b H. Patel (Gujarat)–RSC; K. Bisht (Delhi) b B. Dolly (Arunachal Pradesh)-RSC; S Devi (Haryana) b G. Parveen (TN) 18-15; L. Sushiladevi (Manipur) b K. Bharti (Rajasthan)-RSC; K. Durga (AP) b Sangeeta (Uttaranchal)-RSC; Durga Thapa (Uttaranchal) b Anuradhna (Punjab) 14-2. OSR

PUNJAB MEN LOSE
PATIALA:
Holders Services kicked off their campaign in style by comprehensively beating Punjab 72-23 in the kabaddi event for men that commenced at the YPS Stadium here on Wednesday. In another one-sided match Haryana got the better of Tamil Nadu 52-27. On the distaff side, the hosts had something to cheer about as the Punjab eves thrashed Delhi by an impressive margin of 41-18, while in the second match the Manipur proved to be too stronger for the Tamil Nadu girls as they chalked out a comfortable 38-10 win. In the circle style competition, Chandigarh beat J and K 55-41 and Haryana downed Madhya Pradesh 43-26. OSR

SILVER FOR PUNJAB
JALANDHAR:
Rajasthan and Haryana bagged a gold medal each on the opening day of the team eqestrian events of the National Games which commenced at local PAP grounds on Wednesday. While Haryana won the tent pegging event Rajasthan riders won the dressage competition. The silver medal in the dressage competition went to Madhya Pradesh and Services bagged the bronze. In tent pegging, Haryana with a tally of 81 points, outplayed rivals Punjab, who managed to gain 77 points. Services, with 73 points won bronze medal. OC
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