|Wednesday, August 30, 2000,
Gold for India in high jump
Samaranch doesnt know
what he is talking about
President gives away awards
Bhangu retained as chief coach
Irina back with Malaysian trophy
Gibbs to concentrate on
Abhay awarded Khel Ratna
Gold for India in high jump
JAKARTA, Aug 29 (UNI) Bobby Alyosis, the 26-year-old high-jumper from Kerala gave India their third gold even as G.C. Pramilas viliant effort to make up a 25-point lead in the 800 metres failed and had to settle for a silver in heptathalon on the second day of the Asian Track and Field Meet here today.
Alyosis, a Custom Inspector made the most of the absence of the top flight jumpers from Japan and China to lead the field for gold at the Madya Stadium here.
The battle for medal narrowed down to three jumpers at 1.80 metres. Marina Korzhova of Kazakhastan and Alyosis were locked at the same height at 1.83 metres but the countback rule gave Alyosis the gold. This was 3 cm short of his best jump.
My third jump at 1.86 metres was very good, had it been a harder bar, it may have been a good jump, said Alyosis after her win.
Earlier, she cleared 1.70m, 1.75m, 1.80m adn 1.83m all on her first attempts.
Since a month ago when Soma Biswas beat Pramila to set a new national record in the heptathlon at the Chennai inter-state in an exciting battle over the 800m these two held out hope for medals in the gruelling seven-event heptathalon.
Pramila began the day with a 6.38 metres in the long jump which took her into the lead which the Kazakh girl snatched back in the javelin throw . She was only 25 points behind her before going into the last event, the 800 metres, but Pramila failed to catch up the lead, finishing behind her to claim a silver while Soma finished fourth.
After ending the first day as leaders of the medals tally, the morning session failed to produce any medals for India. Early in the morning, the 20 km walkers took to the streets of the city in fairly cool weather, but the heat and humidity took its toll as they finished in relatively slow timings.
Wu Pug of China took the gold in 1:28:48 minutes and Gurdev Singh of India finished fourth in 1:34:48 seconds, nearly eight minutes slower than his time at the Chennai inter-state meet a month ago.
The hammer-throwers were well below the performance of world champion Andrey Abduvalievs Asian marks of 76.67 metres and 83.36 metres set in Fukuoka 1998 and the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games. Ebihara Watauvu of Japan won by the proverbial whisker 69.50 metres to 69.48 m. Pramod Tiwari of India failed to generate speed in the circle and finished a poor fifth with a throw of 65.98 metres.
The 3000 metres steeple chase and the triple jump in mens had no Indian participants where Khamis Abdullah and Nattapal Nampunnha gave their countries first gold medal, respectively.
Prominent Indian athletes who qualified for the finals included Paramjit Singh and P. Ramachandran in the mens 400 metres, K.M. Binu in the mens 800 metres, Rachita Mistry and Vineeta Triparthi in womens 200 metres finals.
PTI adds: Sprinter Anil Kumar raced in an excellent time to qualify for the final of the 100 metre dash. Anil Kumar sprinted to the finishing line in 10.47 seconds in the heats to qualify comfortably for the mens final even as Rajiv Balakrishnan failed to make it.
If he continues with his performance, Anil Kumar could well finish in the medal bracket with a distinct possibility and silver not beyond him. In a strong field, a good start could make all the difference.
Indias Rachita Mistry set herself for a possible medal in the womens 100 metres dash which will see controversial Sri Lankan star Susanthika Jayasinghe bidding for the gold.
Favourite Susanthika has come here with her personal best of 11.17 seconds, pale in comparison to Uzbekistans Perepelopa Lyubov, who has a timing of 11.04 seconds.
Ajay Raj Singh was the lone Indian to qualify for the 200 metres semifinals. Running in heat one, Ajay Raj made it to the semifinals after finishing second best to Rika Fardani of Indonesia.
Meanwhile, in the late
event last night, Indias distance runner Gulab
Chand was in the control of the 10,000 metre race for
most part before allowing Qatari Ahmed Ibrahim to surge
ahead. Ibrahim timed 29 minutes 53 seconds while Gulab
Chand settled for silver with 30:05.11.
Sampras, Agassi, Venus advance
NEW YORK, Aug 29 (AFP) Venus Williams stretched her win streak to 20 matches, joining fellow Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras and top seeds Andre Agassi and Martina Hingis with first-round US Open victories here.
Third seed Williams defeated Frances Anne-Gaelle Sidot 6-3 6-4 in 73 minutes yesterday to book a second-round date with 40th-ranked Czech Kveta Hrdlickova at the $15 million tennis tournament, the years last Grand Slam event.
The 20-year-old American has won four consecutive tournaments starting with Wimbledon and followed by US Open hardcourt tuneup events at Stanford, San Diego and New Haven. But she appears unfazed by her success streak.
Sampras subdued stubborn Czech Martin Damm 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 6-4 while Agassi ousted US college champion Alex Kim 6-4 6-2 6-0 in 89 minutes and Hingis beat 101st-ranked Russian Alina Jidkova 6-3 6-1 on a day when some stars struggled.
Fourth seed Sampras, who won his record 13th Slam title last month at Wimbledon, was extended for two hours and 22 minutes by the 69th-rated Damm, who did not have a break point until the third set.
The victory was the first by Sampras here since 1998 after he missed last year with a back injury. Next up for the four-time US Open winner will be 27th-ranked fellow American Jan-Michael Gambill.
Australian Open champion Agassi made an impressive start in defence of his Flushing Meadows crown, serving eight aces and showing no signs of back pain from an auto accident last month that limited his preparation for the open.
The 30-year-old American booked a second-round date with 37th-ranked Arnaud Clement of France. Agassi beat Clement 6-2 6-4 6-3 here in last years fourth round and 6-2 4-6 2-6 7-5 6-0 in round two at last years French Open. Swiss 19-year-old Hingis, a 1997 winner here and US Open runner-up the past two years, needed only 56 minutes to advance.
Australian Open runner-up and 1999 US Open semi-finalist Yevgeny Kafelnikov, struggled past 116th-ranked Bulgarian Orlin Stanoytchev 6-7 (5/7) 1-6 6-3 6-2 6-3. The Russian fifth seed rose to 6-0 in first-round matches here.
Australias Lleyton Hewitt, the ninth seed, needed two hours and 58 minutes to beat Swedens 43rd-ranked Andreas Vinciguerra 2-6 7-5 6-3 6-3 in a battle of 19-year-olds. Hewitt lost the first four games but rallied with 17 aces.
Two winners rallied after a rain delay of one hour and 45 minutes. French ninth seed Nathalie Tauziat beat Slovakian qualifier Ludmila Cervanova 3-6 6-2 6-4 and eighth seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain escaped South Africas Joanette Kruger 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7/2).
Sixth seed Monica Seles, a two-time US Open champion, beat fellow American Tracy Almeda-Singian 6-0 6-2 in 50 minutes. Britains Tim Henman was the first mens seed to reach the second round. The 11th seed ousted Spains 36th-ranked Fernando Vicente 6-3 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes.
Samaranch doesnt know what
he is talking about
IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch is talking through his hat according to some drug experts in Australia. The IOC chief has claimed that stamping out drug cheating in the Olympics is easy, putting him sharply at odds with Australian sports medicine experts, who have rejected his comments as nonsense. The Olympics boss said in a weekend interview that the IOC had done all it could to tackle doping, boasting: We started the fight against drugs and for many years we were alone. Mr Samaranchs comments come after he successfully lobbied the International Gymnastics Federation to submit to random testing by the World Anti-Doping Agency before the Games. Gymnastics had been the only one of 28 Olympic sports that refused to take part in the agencys tests for performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids. Mr Samaranch told Londons Financial Times that eradicating drugs from international sport was simple because screening could detect all illegal performance-enhancing substances in use. In order to win the war 100 per cent, it is very easy ...because you can detect the drugs they are using today, he said.
But former Australian Sports Drug Agency chairman Brian Corrigan said there were no tests available for growth hormones and insulin growth factors two drug types allegedly used by athletes. Mr Samaranch does not know what he is talking about, Dr Corrigan said. He said Mr Samaranchs comments were an insult to scientists working their guts out to develop 100 per cent accurate tests for increasingly sophisticated drugs. He said it took more than a decade to develop an anabolic steroid test after the drugs use was banned. Dr Corrigan said testable drugs were also hard to police because athletes could rid them from their bodies before competition. If you get caught using drugs at the Olympics, you are a mug, he said. Australian Olympic team medical director Brian Sando said that while an EPO test would be available for the Games, it was wrong of Mr Samaranch to say the IOC had won the battle against drugs. Mr Samaranchs claims have again thrust him to centre stage of the international debate over drugs in sport.
He stirred outrage two years ago, following the exposure of EPO cheats in the Tour de France cycling race, by suggesting the list of proscribed substances was too long and should be restricted to drugs that were hazardous to health. Citing the disqualification of Canadian track sprint star Ben Johnson from the 1988 Olympics, he insisted the IOC had a strong record combating doping in sport. We suspended the most important athlete in Seoul. We suspended him, not anyone else, the IOC boss said. Mr Samaranch, 80, will stand down as IOC head next year after 20 years heading the Olympic movement.
Intelligence sources and the NSW and federal police said the maps showed many areas of Sydney that smugglers could try to use as thoroughfares. These included the area surrounding the Lucas Heights reactor in the citys south, which was found highlighted in a street directory. The find and its alleged sinister links attracted worldwide headlines over the weekend and triggered the first sign of skittishness about Olympic Games security preparations. The spectre of the reactor being in terrorists sights also gave Lucas Heights long-term opponents among them Greenpeace new impetus to demand its closure during the Games. The federal government has come under attack for not revealing details of police inquiries, but says it is necessary to keep the reactor open to continue important cancer research.
During the Atlanta Games, US official closed down the Gorgia Tech nuclear lab for fear of a terrorist attack. Experts now believe that because of the publicity it has received over the week, the Lucas Heights site would be struck off terrorist lists, if it were on it in the first place. Three years of planning have culminated in Australias largest mobilisation of security forces, with 13,500 police, spies, soldiers and private security staff taking their posts over the next fortnight. The New Zealand scare first arose in March, when Australian Federal Police alerted New Zealand police to what appeared to be a highly organised smuggling network involving at least four countries. Acting on the information, detectives raided a house in Auckland and arrested three Afghanis after discovering maps, notes, 1990 Commonwealth Games security plans and access points to the reactor. There is no evidence that the material found or people charged were linked to the worlds most wanted terrorist - the Afghanistan-based Osama bin Laden. The three Afghanis arrested were charged with people smuggling
back Aussie clocks
For many that will mean
waking up in the middle of the night to go to school
because the sun will not rise until 7.57am. Melbournians
are angry that they have to follow Sydney because of the
Olympics. The Northern Territory, Queensland and Western
Australia do not have daylight saving. The disruption
will be increased this year as a result of South
Australias decision not to start daylight saving
until October 29. South Australia will be 1½ hours
behind the southeastern states. Daylight saving will end
much after the Games on March 25, 2001.
President gives away awards
NEW DELHI, Aug 29 (PTI) Champion swimmer Nisha Millet and badminton ace Pullela Gopichand were the toast of the Arjuna Awards presentation ceremony beset by abstentions as many Sydney-bound sportspersons were busy with preparations for the coming Olympic Games.
While Nisha and Gopichand attracted most attention and applause at the Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan today, Al Amma, mother of mercurial centre-forward Dhanraj Pillay, received the highest prize in sports - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award - on behalf of her son.
The frail-looking lady stood still as Dhanrajs achievements were read out before accepting the medal and scroll of honour from President K.R. Narayanan at a simple function here.
Pillay was Indias captain at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games gold medal winning team. The effort also earned India a direct berth in the Sydney Olympic Games.
With no cricketers nominated for the 1999 awards, players from other disciplines, specially Olympic sports received the much-needed recognition. Twice Asian Games gold medallist boxer Hawa Singh was missed as his wife Angoori Devi received the Dronacharya Award. Hawa Singh died earlier this month in Bhiwani.
Middle distance runner Sunita Rani, hoping to perform at the Olympics, was the only athlete present on the occasion as others - Gulab Chand and Gurmeet Kaur - were away in Kakarta for the ongoing Asian Track and Field Championships.
Ironically, Gulab Chands name was not even called out as the distance runner failed to nominate a person to receive the award on his behalf. Gulab Chand, who won silver in the 10,000 metres race on the opening day of the championships in the Indonesian capital yesterday, will be given the award on his return.
While Hawa Singh died, his protege middleweight Jitender Kumar was present to receive his Arjuna Award, and so was team-mate Gurcharan Singh.
Both pugilists along with Ng Dingko Singh and S. Suresh, are leaving for Sydney on September 2 after attending strenuous training camps in Cuba and Patiala.
I am eager to start final training programme to tune well for the games. We are going early to get acclimatised with the conditions, said Jitender Kumar.
My target is to reach the medals bracket. It will be tough but I am ready for it, he said.
After missing most of the season this year, Sunita Rani still made it to the Olympic squad and hopes to gain good international exposure.
List of awardees:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Dhanraj Pillay (hockey).
Dronacharya Award: Kenneth Owen Bosen (athletics); Hawa Singh (boxing); Ajay Kumar Sirohi (weightlifting).
Arjuna Awards: Gulab Chand, Gurmeet Kaur, Sunita Rani (athletics), Pullela Gopichand (badminton), Gurcharan Singh, Jitender Kumar (boxing), Chiranjeev Milkha Singh (golf), Ramandeep Singh (hockey), Jagjit Singh (rowing), Vivek Singh (shooting), Nisha Millet (swimming), Sukhpal Singh (volleyball), Dalbir Singh (weightlifting), Aashim Mongia (yatching).
Life-time achievement: Parduman Singh (athletics), Sajjan Singh Cheema (basketball), Balbir Singh Kullar, Haripal Kaushik, V.J. Phillips (hockey), Balwinder Singh, Tirath Raj (kabaddi), Ashok Kumar (wrestling).
Physically handicapped: G. Venkataravanappa (athletics).
Bhangu retained as chief coach
PATIALA, Aug 29 The Indian Womens Hockey Federation (IWHF) has decided to persist with the services of G.S. Bhangu as the chief coach of the national squad.
The senior national womens camp is at present underway at the NIS here in preparation for the 2002 Pusan Asian Games and other International meets, and will run till September 25, after which the girls will disburse and regroup after a few days.
G.S.Bhangu, led India to a silver medal in both the Bangkok Asian Games and the Asian Hockey Championships held in New Delhi in December last year. He was also the assistant coach of the mens squad for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and again for the 1991 Auckland pre-Olympic qualifying tournament.
Out of the four players who did not join the team for the pre-Olympic qualifiers, only two have been recalled by the federations selection committee. They are midfielder Sita Gosian and star striker Pritam Rani Siwach, while Manjinder Kaur and Sandeep Kaur have been kept out.
The IWHF has yet to name the assistant coach.
The probables who have
been selected by the IWHF and at present undergoing
training at the NIS here are : Tingoliema Channu, Helen
Mary, Suman Deswal and Amandeep Kaur, (all-goalkeepers);
Marystilla Tirkey, Amandeep Kaur, Kulwinder Kaur, Suman
and Kanti Ba (full-backs); Sunita Dalal, Surajlata Devi,
Sita Gossain, Masira Surin, Harmanpreet Kaur, Rajni and
Neelam (half-backs); Sangurai Chanu, Papki Devi, Shaheena
Kispoota, Kamla Dalal, Paulina Surin, Jyoti Sunita Kulu,
Manorama Goswami, Pritam Rani, Neha Singh, Roohi Dhillon,
Rajwinder Kaur, Sangeeta Kedia, Priya and Poonam Chowan
Irina back with Malaysian
CHANDIGARH, Aug 29 Irina Brar is 16 going on 17. She has just come back after rubbing shoulders with the top golfers of Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. And to top it she has finished first runner-up in a tournament in which 15 lady golfers from India took part.
A Class XI student of Vivek High School, Irina returned scores of 73-76-77 to finish second in the Malaysia Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship. The star of the tournament was Malaysias Lim Alian, who clinched the title for the fifth time in a row.
Mable Hui of Hong Kong was another favourite. But the teenaged girl from Chandigarh displayed full confidence as the locals tried to disturb her with movements and gestures just as she used to go in for her strokes. Such actions could disturb any budding golfer, but Irina carried her 16-year-old face on confident shoulders, refusing to be under pressure. She admitted that the champion, Lim Alian, played a good game. Playing on home course the champion took the game in her usual stride. But for Irina, it was not that easy. She barely had time to familiarise herself with the golf course.
Irina started well, beginning with a one under after the first nine. But then a double bogey on the unlucky 13th hole saw her finishing the first round with a one over card of 73. After playing a four over on the second day Irina was four strokes ahead of Vandana Aggarwal. But on the final day Vandana rallied and seemed to have struck a bright patch, scoring a birdie on the 18th hole. Irina was 8 feet away from the 18th hole. There was silence all around as Irina took the shot. The ball rolled , swerved and entered the hole. That stroke gave her the second spot.
Irina talks highly of the Principal of her school, Mrs P. K. Singh, who has been giving her permission to play in international tournaments. In fact this participation was made possible by the timely arrangement of a sponsor Strohs from the house of Mount Shivaliks.
Irina, who has been a topper in her class, is all set for the national circuit tournaments which start with the Southern India next week. She hopes to make it in a big way. This was the first time that Irina travelled alone. Earlier her mother, Madhu Brar, herself a good lady golfer, has always travelled with her . This was the first trip on my own. But mom did ring up regularly to give me that extra confidence which only mom can give, said Irina.
As The Tribune team took
leave, Irina got a message . She virtually shouted in
glee. Yes, her new golf set had arrived. Can I play
this evening mom, we heard Irina ask. Her mom
nodded, giving her approval.
Gibbs to concentrate on cricket
DURBAN, Aug 29 (PTI) Suspended South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs today said he will continue to seek a career in sports despite the six-month ban already on him.
I am happy that the whole drama is over, Gibbs said in Cape Town when news of his suspension first reached him. I have no intentions of going into the academic world as I am an all-round sportsman.
I can now concentrate on my game and also pursue other sporting activities as I believe there is a lot of money to be made in the sporting arena, the talented opener said.
Besides fluency with the bat, Gibbs is also a keen rugby and golf player.
The disciplinary committee of United Cricket Board of South Africa yesterday suspended Gibbs from international cricket for six months and imposed a fine of 60,000 rands (Rs 3.75 lakhs) failing to pay which, the suspension would be extended by further six months.
Abhay awarded Khel Ratna
KARNAL, Aug 29 Haryana today celebrated the Haryana Sports Day with much fanfare and gaiety on occasion of the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, international hockey wizard and winner of a number of gold medals in the prestigious Olympic Games.
Mr Abhay Singh Chautala, president, Haryana Olympic Association, and MLA, Rori, was presented the Khel Ratna award by Mr Ashwani Kumar, member, International Olympic Committee and the chief guest. The award was conferred upon Mr Chautala in recognition of his contribution in the field of sports. The award included a pagri, a crest, a shawl, a medal, a painting highlighting sports activities and a citation.
Mr Chautala has an
impressive record as a sportsman and a sports promoter.
He was president of Haryana Olympic Association (HOC)
from 1991 to 1995 and vice-president of Indian Olympic
Association from 1992 to 1996. At present, he is
president of Haryana State Athletic Association. During
his school days he excelled as a volleyball player. He
revived the HOA in 1999.
HISAR, Aug 29 Haryana State Sub Junior Judo Championship for boys and girls will be held at PCSD School, Hansi, about 26 km from here from September 1 to 3, according to Mr Sumer Singh Nandal, general secretary, Haryana State Judo association, here today.
In boys section the
competition will be held in 25 kg, 30 kg, 35 kg, 40 kg,
45 kg, 50 kg and over 50 kg categories while in girls
section it will be held in 23 kg, 27kg, 32 kg, 36 kg, 40
kg, 44 kg, and over 44 kg categories.
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