Tuesday, October 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Dighe likely to get the nod
Mumbai, October 22
An opener’s position and the wicketkeeper’s slot are up for grabs as the national selectors sit down here tomorrow to select the Indian team for the three-Test series against South Africa beginning the first week of November.

South African batsman Neil McKenzie celebrates his century in his teams Triangular Series match against Kenya on Monday.S. Africa blitzkrieg overwhelms Kenya
Cape Town, October 22
Gary Kirsten and Neil McKenzie scored centuries to guide South Africa to a record 208-run win over Kenya in a triangular series one-day international on Monday.

South African batsman Neil McKenzie celebrates his century in his teams Triangular Series match against Kenya on Monday. McKenzie scored an unbeaten 131 to help his team to a big 354 for 3 in their allotted 50 overs.
— R
euters photo

ECB decision on Indian tour today
London, October 22
England’s cricket bosses will make all out efforts tomorrow to assure their players about safety on the India tour scheduled to commence on November 14.

Saurav Ganguly’s sixes worry South Africans
Cape Town, October 22
South African pace bowling has been ripped apart as never before - thanks to a crafty Saurav Ganguly contemptuously despatching the seemingly deceptive delivery over the ropes for mighty sixes.

Deepak Thakur can replace Dhanraj, says coach
Chandigarh, October 22
“The boy has shades of late hockey wizard Dhyan Chand and now can be the possible replacement for Dhanraj Pillay”. This was said by Inderjit Singh Gill, the Sports Authority of India coach while talking to The Tribune this afternoon on his trainee Deepak Thakur (Sonkhla), who played a stellar role in India’s Junior World Cup victory at Hobart, Australia, on Sunday.

Win heralds new style hockey for Indians
Sydney, October 22
Australian sports columnists paid rich tributes to Indian skills Monday, a day after Indian boys bagged the junior hockey World Cup in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart.

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Russian world champion Alina Kabaeva throws the ball during her round at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Madrid on Sunday.
Russian world champion Alina Kabaeva throws the ball during her round at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Madrid on Sunday. Kabaeva won three out of four of the gold medals in the individual categories. — Reuters

EARLIER STORIES

 
Jose Coceres of Argentina poses with Mickey Mouse and the trophy, after winning the National Car Rental Golf Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Sunday.
Jose Coceres of Argentina poses with Mickey Mouse and the trophy, after winning the National Car Rental Golf Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Sunday. Coceres won with a 23-under par. — AP/PTI

Saudis qualify for World Cup
London, October 22
Saudi Arabia reached their third consecutive World Cup finals when they beat Thailand 4-1 in Riyadh and Iran were upset 3-1 in Bahrain.

Rafter to be fit for Masters Cup
Sydney, October 22
Australia’s injured Pat Rafter told today Australian media that he would be fit for the upcoming Masters Cup to be held in Sydney in November this year.

Nitali helps Railways to 1st innings lead
Faridabad, October 22
Helped by an unbeaten 99 by Nitali Railways notched up a vital lead of 82 runs over Air-India on the second day of the three-day final of the Senior National Women’s Cricket Championship at Nahar Singh Stadium here today.

Governor, CM hail Deepak’s showing
Shimla, October 22
The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Dr Suraj Bhan and the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, have congratulated Deepak Thakur, the star of the Indian junior hockey team which won the Junior World Cup at Hobart yesterday. Deepak Thakur hails from district Una of Himachal Pradesh.

Surinder, Baljeet win 100 m titles
Kurukshetra, October 22
Surinder Singh of Hisar retained the title of fastest athlete for third time successively in men’s section in the 17th Haryana State Games being held at Daronacharya Stadium. He finished the 100 m race in 10.90 seconds. Anil Kumar of Kurukshetra clocked 11.06 sec and Umesh Kumar of Gurgaon timed 11.25 secs finish second and third, respectively.

Patiala win overall title
Patiala, October 22
Patiala accumulated 253 points to win the overall championship title in the 22nd Punjab State Veterans Athletic championships that concluded at the Physical college grounds here late yesterday evening. Ludhiana with 221 and Amritsar with 191 points were placed second and third, respectively, in the race for the overall championships.

Punjab TT from today
Ludhiana, October 22
Around 350 players are expected to take part in the 42nd edition of the Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Championship being organised by the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association (LDTTA) which begins here tomorrow at the Shastri Indoor Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium.
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Dighe likely to get the nod

Mumbai, October 22
An opener’s position and the wicketkeeper’s slot are up for grabs as the national selectors sit down here tomorrow to select the Indian team for the three-Test series against South Africa beginning the first week of November.

With Sadagoppan Ramesh ruled out of the series due to injury, the selection committee headed by Chandu Borde will have a tough time choosing a partner for S.S. Das.

There are three players vying for the opening slot — Wasim Jaffer and Vinayak Mane from Mumbai and Connor Williams from Baroda.

Connor Williams had a dream match in the recent Irani Cup tie in Nagpur making a century in the first innings, and making 80-odd runs in the second. Vinayak Mane, meanwhile, has also not done any harm to his chances making a polished 48 in the first innings in the same match while he was done by a poor umpiring decision in the second.

However, experts are very much impressed by the technique this lad from Mumbai possesses. The only thing that could go against Mane is the fact that though he has scored seven fifties in domestic cricket, he has not been able to notch up a century. A lot of former players though vouching for Mane’s class feel that he is not yet ready for the international scene and should play a couple of more seasons in the domestic circuit.

Another Mumbai lad Wasim Jaffer has already had the experience of playing the South Africans in a Test having made his debut here in February last year. Though he did not make many runs, he did impress quite a few with his technique against the quickie. A stalwart of no less stature than Dilip Vengsarkar has suggested that the selectors include Jaffer in the Test team. However, Jaffer did not have a good last season that may go against him.

The selectors have another headache on their hands with the wicketkeepers’ slot. The team management seems unhappy with the performance of wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta and have asked for a change for the Test series.

Mr Borde, at the time of the selection of the one-day squad, had said they would send an experienced wicketkeeper for the Test series. If the Chairman keeps his word then it might be Samir Dighe who would be on the plane to South Africa for the Test series. Dighe was unceremoniously discarded after the Sri Lankan series.

However, Nayan Mongia, one of the best wicketkeepers in India, according to experts, would also have his fingers crossed in the hope of making it to the team. But his attitude towards the game is perceived many to be sometimes suspect. If the selectors decide to select the best overriding all the other considerations, Mongia might get yet another chance to don the India cap.

Ajay Ratra is an upcoming young wicketkeeper who also had a good Irani Trophy match. However, if Borde sticks to his word of sending an experienced keeper, then Ratra can kiss goodbye to his chances despite his talent.

The management has asked for seven batsmen, five pace bowlers, two spinners and a wicketkeeper. Saurav, Sachin, Dravid, Laxman and Das being certainties one more batsman along with an opener will have to be decided upon.

With bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra almost certain to pass the fitness test tomorrow and Srinath, Agarkar and Prasad likely to retain their places along with spinners Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, only the wicketkeepers’ spot remains vacant. UNI
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S. Africa blitzkrieg overwhelms Kenya

South African batsman Gary Kirsten celebrates his century in his team's Triangular Series match against Kenya on Monday.
South African batsman Gary Kirsten celebrates his century in his team's Triangular Series match against Kenya on Monday. Kirsten scored 124 before being caught.
— Reuters photo

Cape Town, October 22
Gary Kirsten and Neil McKenzie scored centuries to guide South Africa to a record 208-run win over Kenya in a triangular series one-day international on Monday.

The home side made a massive total of 354 for three after captain Shaun Pollock won the toss before dismissing Kenya for 146 in 45.3 overs. The result bettered South Africa’s previous biggest victory in terms of runs, the 202-run triumph they enjoyed over Kenya in Nairobi in 1996-97.

South Africa’s total was their highest in six matches against Kenya, and their second largest ever. Kirsten scored 124 off 131 balls with 12 fours and two sixes, his 12th one day international century, while McKenzie made 131 not out off 123 balls, including eight fours and three sixes.

Mark Boucher, meanwhile, blazed the fourth fastest half- century in one-day international history off 19 balls, with two fours and four sixes.

Only Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, Australian Simon O’Donnell and Shahid Afridi of Pakistan have made quicker 50s. Thomas Odoyo was the only Kenyan batsman to show worthwhile resistance against South Africa’s relentless bowling attack, scoring 44.

South Africa:

Kirsten c Odoyo b M. Suji 124

Gibbs c Tikolo b Odoyo 16

McKenzie not out 131

Pollock c Odoyo b Patel 19

Boucher not out 51

Extras: (b-1, lb-5, nb-4, w-3) 13

Total: (for 3 wkts, 50 overs) 354

FOW: 1-39, 2-246, 3-277.

Bowling: M. Suji 10-0-50-1, Odoyo 10-0-76-1, Kamande 3-0-26-0, A Suji 4-0-36-0, Patel 7-0-50-1, Obuya 10-0-62-0 Tikolo 6-0-48-0.

Kenya

K Otieno b Kallis 10

Shah b Boucher b Pollock 6

Tikolo c Boucher b Hayward 11

T Odoyo b lbw b Kemp 44

D Otieno c Gibbs b Boje 10

H Modi not out 26

M Suji c Boje b Kemp 6

A Suji c Kallis b Langeveldt 13

C Otieno c Boucher b Langeveldt 0

Patel c Boucher b Langeveldt 6

J Kamande b Langeveldt 0

Extras 14

Total (in 45.3 overs) 146

FOW: 1/8, 2/25, 3/59, 4/89, 5/94, 6/106, 7/133, 8/133, 9/146.

Bowling: Hayward: 6-0-19-1, Kemp: 7-1-14-2, Langeveldt 9.3-12-1-4, Boje: 10-0-42-1, Pollock: 6-1-10-1, McKenzie: 2-0-10-0, Kallis 5-1-24-1. Reuters
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Deepak Thakur can replace Dhanraj, says coach
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, October 22
“The boy has shades of late hockey wizard Dhyan Chand and now can be the possible replacement for Dhanraj Pillay”. This was said by Inderjit Singh Gill, the Sports Authority of India coach while talking to The Tribune this afternoon on his trainee Deepak Thakur (Sonkhla), who played a stellar role in India’s Junior World Cup victory at Hobart, Australia, on Sunday.

Deepak, for the past two years, has been trainee under the SAI centre of excellence scheme.

According to Gill, a day before the final tie, Deepak rang him and said, “Sir, it is biting cold, with the temperature at 5°C. Upon Gills asking if they had proper co-ordination for the final, Deepak said everybody was praying and all had finished with two rounds of prayers.

Deepak was born on December 28, 1980, and came into the SAI fold in 1993 under the SPDA (Sports Promotion Development Assistance) scheme. Deepak belongs to Garhdiwala (Punjab) but his father Nardev Singh is a driver with the Agriculture Department, at Una (HP). Deepak’s sister Nivedita, was a state-level badminton player, and is now studying in Jalandhar.

Gill says that since these boys had been practising together for more than five years they were able to form a united attack and it also helped as they were on the same wavelength as their coaches.

The main emphasis for Deepak was on strength training. When Deepak, who also represented India at the Sydney Olympics did not find his name for the pre-qualifying meet, he did not lose hope. His fine performance at Azlan Shah Cup, helped Deepak come into the limelight again, says Gill.

Gill was all praise for Olympian S.S. Grewal, who started the concept of organising sub-junior tournaments named school league for school-level players.

Deepak scored two hat-tricks, in the first match against Scotland and then in the final against Argentina. Gill said he was of the view that the Indian senior team should be a mixed composition with juniors and senior and the target should be gold in the Pusan Asian Games next year.
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ECB decision on Indian tour today

London, October 22
England’s cricket bosses will make all out efforts tomorrow to assure their players about safety on the India tour scheduled to commence on November 14.

With as many as six players reluctant to tour for security reasons in the light of the Afghan conflict, the England and Wales Cricket Board has summoned some big names for the meeting at the Lord’s.

British High Commissioner to India, Sir Rob Young and England coach Duncan Fletcher, among others, will address the cricketers to allay their fears.

The English players have arranged an informal meeting tonight, to exchange views freely before the Lord’s assembly.

England will have a crisis on their hands if they send a weakened party to India or cancel the trip. The loss of respect in the international community would be wounding and there would be huge financial damage.

Also, Indian cricket board President Jagmohan Dalmiya has threatened cancelling India’s four-Test tour of England next year as retaliation.

The International Cricket Council has already resolved to impose a fine of $2 million on any country not fulfilling its tour commitments.

Given the short time before England leave for the subcontinent and the logistics involved, it is unlikely that the three Tests could be rescheduled at neutral venues.

If the tour is cancelled, the ECB would have to pay about £ 7 million in compensation to India.

It appears that England’s management will have their work cut out to convince all the players and support staff, a high proportion of whom have wives and children, that the tour can continue and their safety can be guaranteed.

Last night, former England captain Ian Botham weighed into the controversy saying it was “impossible” for the tour to go ahead.

Earlier, senior cricketers Graham Thorpe and Craig White voiced their opinions against the tour. PTI
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Saurav Ganguly’s sixes worry South Africans

Cape Town, October 22
South African pace bowling has been ripped apart as never before - thanks to a crafty Saurav Ganguly contemptuously despatching the seemingly deceptive delivery over the ropes for mighty sixes.

The bowlers have tried it all — coming over the wicket or steaming from around the stumps. They have bowled short or pitched it up. They even resorted to sledging when nothing seemed to work.

But all these ploys by the South African pace bowlers have failed to curb the onslaught by the Indian skipper who till the other day was struggling to regain his batting form.

“His timing is freakish,” says South African coach Graham Ford, shaking his head in disbelief. “He has been giving us trouble everywhere — be it in India, Nairobi or now here in South Africa.”

The South African bowling attack is on the boil because Ganguly is on rampage. They can’t bowl to him without being hit for sixes. The arc of sixes now extends from squarish third man to fine leg. The only place left, a spiralling hit over the keeper’s head, was tried too but ended up in a running catch for the slip fielder at Wanderers.

The Indian captain averages the best among contemporary batsmen against South Africa and has also hit the most hundreds, three by the last count. Romantics are imagining the extent of his run-making landscape, had the knocks at Centurion and the one at East London the other night not been terminated to a suspect catch and the mounting pressure of run-rate.

“His strength is he doesn’t mis-hit too many and doesn’t get caught when he comes down the track,” muses captain Shaun Pollock. “He hits off a length which is a bigger worry.” Pollock has been at the receiving end of Ganguly’s willow power the most, finding his short deliveries slashed beyond the point fence and the pitched up stuff deposited into the sightscreen or in the straight-field stands. In three games, Pollock, one of world’s top fast bowler, with 203 one-day wickets at an amazing economy rate of 3.77 per over, has been smashed for six sixes by the elegant Indian.

“Sure, we are not bowling half-volleys and long-hops and that I guess is the best we can do,” says Pollock resignedly. “He takes the risk and comes down and has been middling it at this stage and we just hope it turns for us at some stage.”

South Africa tried bowling chest high deliveries to Ganguly after the 15-over stage but Pollock is not convinced if that alone is an answer to the problems posed by Ganguly.

“It is plain to see we can’t do it everytime, all the time. We need to work out a better strategy than to rely on this method alone.”

Jacques Kallis, now a frontline fast bowler, says when a Ganguly onsalught is on, the best a fast bowler can do is to keep his cool. “The best you can hope is to trust your strength and just hang in there,” says Kallis adding: “Sticking to the basics is the only option”.

Mornantau Hayward, who is in the South African squad for the remaining matches of the tri-series and who almost broke Ganguly’s right index finger in the tour opener, says it is easy to see why Ganguly, and Tendulkar, are rated among the best players in the world.

“Ganguly’s form in this series is a clear evidence he is one of the best batsmen in world cricket at the moment. There is nothing much a bowler can do if somebody is batting in this kind of rich form,” said Hayward. Herschelle Gibbs, an opener like Ganguly, is equally effusive. “The thing about Ganguly is that he times it so brilliantly and his eye is so very good — when you are young, your eye allows you to flay the bowling.”

The South African team has thus been scratching its head and is trying to work out a method to unleash a counter-attack against Ganguly’s aggression. A good quality swing bowler is still seen as the best option to solve the Ganguly riddle.

But Pollock says: “The trouble with swing bowling is, it is so difficult to do it successfully in one-dayers. You get it half wrong and you are in trouble”.

“But then there is no harm in confessing we lack a genuine swing bowler in our ranks. The last genuine swing bowler we had was Meyrick Pringle. Somebody like Wasim Akram, we haven’t got one of those,” Pollock said.

Coach Ford thinks his side would get assistance in the form of wickets and a different format of cricket in the coming days. PTI
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Win heralds new style hockey for Indians

Sydney, October 22
Australian sports columnists paid rich tributes to Indian skills Monday, a day after Indian boys bagged the junior hockey World Cup in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart.

Their emphatic 6-1 win over Argentina at the Tasmania Hockey Centre on Sunday seems to have heralded a new style of playing hockey for the Indians.

They earned the honours being adjudged the best “attacking” team in the tournament from various columnists.

Almost every outing in the junior World Cup saw Indians earning compliments for playing ‘powerhouse hockey’ which has been hitherto associated with the strongly built Europeans and not the teams from Asia or Latin America.

Unlike Indians, hockey is not a favourite with the otherwise sports crazy nation of Australia. There was not much coverage in the mainstream Australian media, so much so that Australian hockey followers may have wondered whether the World Cup was being played in their country.

There was a total blackout from the electronic media while only regional newspapers from the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corporation covered the event.

But whatever little media coverage the superbly organised tournament managed to get, Indians hogged the major part of it.

A number of fine performances by the Indian stick wielders in Hobart saw them being showered with flattering comments like “super-slick skills,” “abundance of flair” and for displaying “explosive pace”.

After the advent of the artificial turf, the performance of Indian hockey has declined severely. The Indians have not managed to win much over two decades except a gold in the boycott ridden 1980 Moscow Olympics and an Asian Games gold in 1998.

Incidentally, the current coach of the Indian boys, Rajinder Singh, was the highest goal-scorer at Moscow.

The team’s attacking, aggressive hockey saw the “fleet-footed” Indians getting the maximum number of goals for any team as they tallied for 31 goals.

They blasted the Latino defence to smithereens on Sunday with their can-do spirit and also far better strategies to score no less than six goals. Before the final encounter Argentina had conceded just eight goals in the whole tournament.

Though media reports frequently praised the Indian side for their flair and attacking game, few individuals from this team ever got more compliments than due. The left side striker Prabhjot Singh was credited with blasting his way through many defences with his “blistering” speed.

Deepak Thakur, the highest scorer of the tournament with 10 goals to his credit, was singled out in almost every match for his dazzling stick work and “an ability to find space in the most crowded defences.”

The skipper of the team, Gagan Ajit Singh, also got praise for possessing the same qualities. The defender Jugraj Singh has already been crowned the emerging “penalty-corner scoring messiah” for the Indians. His “rock like presence” in the defence saved a number of occasions for the newly crowned world champions.

But Indians also got some brickbats from the media and experts for lacking the right temperament in testing situations.

They were frequently penalised in the semifinals against Germany for wasting time in the second half. The Indian boys were reported to have unnecessarily pushed the panic buttons in the second half after leading the European powerhouse team 3-0 in the first part.

The facile win against the supposedly best defensive side, Argentina, would also mean that India would now stick to their aggressive, in-your-face style of hockey bringing back the memories of the day when Indians ruled the hockey turfs.

Experts feel it would now be a matter of time before the senior hockey team also switches to the ‘Eurasian’ style, which is a hybrid of the classical Indian skilful hockey and the explosive brand practised on the European astro-turfs. IANS
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Saudis qualify for World Cup

London, October 22
Saudi Arabia reached their third consecutive World Cup finals when they beat Thailand 4-1 in Riyadh and Iran were upset 3-1 in Bahrain.

While Saudi fans celebrated their victory, angry Iranians rioted on the streets of Tehran yesterday after they let automatic qualification slip from their grasp.

The Saudis, the 22nd team to go through, finished top of Asian zone final round group A to qualify for the tournament in Japan and South Korea, two points ahead of the Iranians. Reuters
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Rafter to be fit for Masters Cup

Sydney, October 22
Australia’s injured Pat Rafter told today Australian media that he would be fit for the upcoming Masters Cup to be held in Sydney in November this year.

Last week the two time U.S. Open winner pulled out of the Stuttgart Masters series along with two other tournaments due to an ongoing shoulder injury. Nevertheless, Rafter was upbeat about his chances in the Masters. “The shoulder is pretty good mate,’’ Rafter told reporters in a teleconference. “I’m really happy with it, at this stage it just needs to recover a bit more that’s all’’. Reuters
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Nitali helps Railways to 1st innings lead
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, October 22
Helped by an unbeaten 99 by Nitali Railways notched up a vital lead of 82 runs over Air-India on the second day of the three-day final of the Senior National Women’s Cricket Championship at Nahar Singh Stadium here today.

In response to Air-India’s paltry 132 the Railways team today reached a total of 214 for the loss of seven wickets at the draw of stumps. Besides Nitali, Rupanjali with 26 was on the other hand. Hemlata Kala contributed a valuable 34 runs, while as four Railways’ players went for duck. Jhulan Goswami of Air-India was the most successful bowler with two wickets in 20 overs.

Scoreboard: Air-India (1st innings) - 132 Railways (1st innings: Rajini c&b Anjum Chopra 25, Vanita run out 0, Kavita run out 0, Nitali not out 99, Hemlata Kala lbw B- Jhulan. Ghosh 34, Arundati cb Mamta, Deepa Kulkarni lbw Jhulan 0, Sulakshna b Usha Bogade 14, Rupanjli not out 26. Total 214 for 7 in 90 overs. Bowling: Anjum Chopra - 12-6-31-1, Usha Bogade - 19-8-34-1, Jhulan Goswami - 20-7-45-2, Mamta 27-12-58-1, Deepali-3-0-15-0, Mangla - 5-0-12-0, Rumeli Dhar - 3-0-5-0.
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Governor, CM hail Deepak’s showing
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 22
The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Dr Suraj Bhan and the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, have congratulated Deepak Thakur, the star of the Indian junior hockey team which won the Junior World Cup at Hobart yesterday. Deepak Thakur hails from district Una of Himachal Pradesh.

The Governor said it was a matter of pride for the state that a young player from here participated in the world event and his outstanding performance brought laurels to the country.

Chandigarh: Former football stars, including Arjuna awardee Inder Singh, national coach Sukhwinder Singh, former Footballer of Decade Parminder Singh and international Jagir Singh have lauded the Indian victory in junior World Cup at Hobart yesterday. In a statement today they said the victory would give a big boost to Indian hockey which had been struggling to regain lost glory for the past so many years.

Jalandhar: Hundreds of sportslovers swarmed the residences of four members of the victorious Indian hockey squad to congratulate their family after victory at the junior World Cup.

Kamalpreet Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Bikramjeet Singh and Tejveer Singh, all members of the squad practised at the local Surjit Hockey Academy. OC
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Surinder, Baljeet win 100 m titles
Our Correspondent

Kurukshetra, October 22
Surinder Singh of Hisar retained the title of fastest athlete for third time successively in men’s section in the 17th Haryana State Games being held at Daronacharya Stadium. He finished the 100 m race in 10.90 seconds. Anil Kumar of Kurukshetra clocked 11.06 sec and Umesh Kumar of Gurgaon timed 11.25 secs finish second and third, respectively.

Baljeet Kaur of Yamunanagar clinched the title of fastest women. She finished the 100 m sprint in 12.84 second to win the gold. Mamlesh of Ambala and Sangeeta of Sonepat clocked 12.91 and 13.41 seconds to finish second and third, respectively.

Intenational athlete Raveena Antil of Jhajjar won the 10 km walk clocking 55.58 minute improving on her own last year’s state record of 57.55 minute. Meena also of Jhajjar finished second with one hour, 3 minute and 10 second while Manju of Bhiwani remained third clocking 1 hour, 5 minute and 40 second. Similarly Rajesh Kumar of Rohtak won the 20 km walk gold clocking 1:37:13, Parveen Kumar of Jhajjar finished second with 1:39:56 and Manoj Kumar of Gurgaon remain third clocking 1:44:24 time.

The results: Athletics (men): Long jump: 1, Vikram (6.61 m), Bhiwani, 2 Naresh (6.56 m), K’tra, 3 Ramesh (6.47 M), Hisar.

Discuss throw: 1 Rajesh (49.70 m) Hisar, 2 Raj Kumar (47.58 m) Sirsa, 3 Rajesh (44.97 m) Narnaul. Hammer throw: 1 Vijay (58.53 m) Rohtak, 2 Ramesh (58.47 m), 3 Gurdev Singh (54.75 m) Haryana Police. 10000 m race: 1 Harpreet (33.30.62 m) K’tra, 2 Sanjay (33.45.28 m) Hisar, 3 Ramesh Zoon (34.40.000 m) Jhajjar.

Women: 100 m hurdles: 1 Poonam Sahu (16.38 sec.) Hisar, 2 Virpal (17.79 sec) Ambala, 3 Renu (17.98 sec) Hisar. High Jump: 1 Sharda (1.50 m) K’tra, 2 Neelam (1.50 m) Sirsa, 3 Arjoo (1.40 m) MNSS Rai.

Triple jump: 1 Renu (10.59 m) Hisar, 2 Pooja Ahlawat (10.30 m) Bhiwani, 3 Saroj Saini (10.28 m) Y’nagar. Hammer throw: 1 Ritu (47.50 m), 2 Suman (38.90 m), 3 Rajbala (31.42 m) Bhiwani.

Judo: (Men) 50 kg: 1 Ashwani (Hisar), 2 Baljeet Singh (Kaithal), 3 Parminder Singh (F’bad) and Narendar (Bhiwani). 60 kg: 1 Vinod (Bhiwani), 2 Vikas (Hisar) and Omparkash (K’tra), 3 Rajesh (Rohtak).

Women: 40 kg: 1 Jyoti (Hisar), 2 Shalo (Bhiwani), 3 Rajani (Gurgaon) and Jyoti (Sirsa). 44 kg: 1 Nirmla (Hisar), 2 Babita (Gurgaon), 3 Gaytri (Ambala) and Luxmi (Bhiwani).

Kho-Kho: Men: Hisar beat Panipat by 20-3, Bhiwani beat Jind by 16-15. Women: K’tra beat Rewari 12-9, Bhiwani beat Panipat 8-7.

Weight lifting: Men 56 kg: 1 Rattan Lal (F’bad), 2 Jaivir (Rohtak), 3 Vishal (Y’nagar).

Handball: Men: K’tra beat HAU Hisar by 19-12, Bhiwani beat Rohtak 23-21, Women: 1 Kaithal beat Ambala by 10-5.

Football (women): 1 Karnal beat K’tra by 5-0, Hisar w/o Kaithal.

Men: Hry Police beat Y’nagar 3-2, Sonepat beat Bhiwani 3-1.

Basketball: Women: K’tra beat Gurgaon 25-19, Jind w/o Faridabad, Hisar beat Ambala 34-11, Bhiwani beat Karnal by 38-27.

Men: Rohtak beat Y’nagar 57-31, Sonepat w/o Kaithal. Tennis: Men: Gurgaon beat Karnal by 2-0.

Kabbadi national style: Men HP beat Kaithal 33-8, Rohtak beat Gurgaon 32-12, Jhajjar beat Jind 46-22. Women: Rohtak beat Faridabad by 20-3. Circle kabaddi (women): Bhiwani beat K’tra 36-33, Sonepat w/o Jind. Men: Jhajjar beat Karnal 57-37, Jind beat Panipat 49-46.

Badminton: women: Bhiwani beat Rohtak by 2-0, Karnal beat Technical Education Board 2-0. Panchkula beat Kurukshetra 2-0, Faridabad beat Yamunanagar by 2-0.

Hockey: men: K’tra beat Ambala 7-1. Women: Jind beat Sirsa 3-2, Y’nagar beat Sonepat 4-1.

Swimming: 400 mtrs free-style: men: 1 Gobind (4:55:15) Jind, 2 Guljar Mehta (5:01:41) Ambala, 3 Pardeep (5:02:69) Panipat.

400 m free style women: 1 Ram Bateri (6:04:15) Jind, 2 Renu (7:13:62) MNSS Rai, 3 Anshul (7:28:31) MNSS Rai. 100 m backstroke (men): 1 Ram Phal (1:12:74) Jind, 2 Rakesh (1:13:56) Karnal, 3 Narendar (1:15:59) Bhiwani. 100 m backstroke (women): 1 Rashmi (1:28:51) Jind, 2 Getanjli (1:33:91) Jind, 3 Anuradha (1:35:25) Gurgaon. 200 m breast: men: 1 Anil (2:39:40) Hisar, 2 Ajay (3:01:94) Sirsa, 3 Vijay Pal (3:03:52) Jhajjar.

Boxing fly wt: Sohan Singh (P’kula) beat Gangdeep (Ambala), Naveen Dev (Hisar) beat Deepak Verma (Karnal). Bantam wt: 1 Dharmvir (Bhiwani) beat Rajesh Kumar (Panipat). Light wt: Naveen (P’kula” beat Kuldeep (Hisar), Anil Kumar (HAU Hisar) beat Sanjeev Rohtak Virat Shastri Sanjeev (Rohtak) beat Surender Singh (Ambala) Dharmvir (Rohtak) beat Ajmer Singh (Bhiwani). 85 kg: Krishan (Sonepat) beat Ranbeer Nidhani, Surender (HP) beat Labh Singh (Hisar), Amit (Rohtak) beat Jatinder (Jind).
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Patiala win overall title
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Patiala, October 22
Patiala accumulated 253 points to win the overall championship title in the 22nd Punjab State Veterans Athletic championships that concluded at the Physical college grounds here late yesterday evening. Ludhiana with 221 and Amritsar with 191 points were placed second and third, respectively, in the race for the overall championships.

The spotlight in the three-day meet was held by one of India’s oldest veteran athlete, the 110 year old Baba Joginder Singh, whose name figures in last years edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for being the “oldest human being on the planet to compete in an international athletic meet.” On the first day, Joginder Singh ran a full lap much to the amazement of the sizeable crowd and then engaged himself in throwing the discus and javelin to distances normally covered by athletes in the 85-plus age category.

The results: Men:100m : 45-50 years: Mukhtiar Singh ( Mukatsar)-1, Rajinder Singh (Jalandhar)-2. 50-55 years: Surinderpal Singh (Hoshiarpur)-1, Rashpal Singh (Kapurthala)-2. 55-60 years: Jarnail Singh (Bathinda)-1, Ajit Singh (Amritsar)-2. 60-65 years: Gurdial Singh (Gurdaspur)-1, Sulakhan Singh (Ludhiana)-2.65-70 years: Sarwan Singh (Ludhiana)-1, Bahadur Singh (Patiala)-2. 70-75 years: Ajit Singh (Patiala)-1, Vishwanath (Kapurthala)-2 Women-100m: 40-45 years: Rajinder Kaur (Fatehgarh Sahib)-1, Bhupinder Kaur (Patiala)-2.45-50 years: Maninder Kaur (Ropar)-1, Sukhjinder Kaur (Kapurthala)-2.

Men-110m hurdles: 50-55 years: Gurmail Singh (Ludhiana)-1, Rashpal Singh (Gurdaspur)-2. 60-65 years: Surjit Singh (Gurdaspur)-1, Gurnam Singh (Ludhiana)-2. Hammer throw: 50-55 years: Balwant Singh (Jalandhar)-1.55-60 years: Janak Singh (Moga)-1, 60-65 years: Avtar Singh (Gurdaspur)-1.65-70 years: Shamsher Singh (Ludhiana)-1. Women: 5 km walk: 45 years plus: Manmohan Kaur (Ropar)-1, 60 years plus: Balbir Kaur (Patiala)-1.
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Punjab TT from today
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Ludhiana, October 22
Around 350 players are expected to take part in the 42nd edition of the Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Championship being organised by the Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association (LDTTA) which begins here tomorrow at the Shastri Indoor Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium.

The ranking of the players and inter-district teams: (Men’s singles: Janak Raj (PSEB) 1; Vikram Aditya, Vikas Mahajan and Vineet Chopra (all PSEB) Disny Ryait (Ludhiana) 5; Vikas Sharma (Amritsar) 6; Mohit Kundra (Amritsar) 7; Pankaj Sharma (Jalandhar) 8.

Women’s singles: Shikha Ghai (Amritsar) 1; Nitika (Amritsar) 2; Rajni Gupta (Amritsar) 3; Anu (Jalandhar) 4; Shelly Dhawan (Amritsar) 5; Simarti (Amritsar) 6; Mandakni (Amritsar) 7; Navdeep (Amritsar) 8.

Inter-district teams : Men’s PSEB 1; SBOP 2; Amritsar 3 ; Jalandhar 4.

Women’s Amritsar 1; Jalandhar 2; Ropar 3.
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

PM CONGRATULATES JR HOCKEY TEAM
NEW DELHI:
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today congratulated the Indian junior hockey team for clinching the World Cup at Hobart and urged the youth to continue to do the country proud by attaining such laurels. In a congratulatory message, Vajpayee said, “The win is a particularly cherished one as the junior hockey team has brought back memories of the golden days of the Indian hockey of yesteryears. “The win is a fitting tribute to the zest, spirit and stamina of the Indian youth,” he said in a statement here. Vice-President Krishan Kant also extended his greetings to the team saying “your brilliant achievement has made the country proud....Your achievement augurs well for the future of Indian hockey”. PTI

BLOW TO KENYA
CAPE TOWN:
Kenya suffered a further blow on their difficult tour of South Africa when seam bowler Joseph Angara was forced to withdraw from the team late on Sunday due to the news that his mother had died. Angara, who earned the Man of the Match award after Kenya’s surprise 70-run win over India last Tuesday, was due to leave early Monday, the day the tourists are playing South Africa at Newlands. Captain Maurice Odumbe and Sandeep Gupta are already both set to miss the match due to suspension and injury respectively. Odumbe had to serve a two-match suspension for publicly criticising an umpire and will only be eligible for Kenya’s final match against India in Paarl on Wednesday. The tourists have been forced to recall batsman Hitesh Modi, who is on a working holiday in South Africa, to the squad. Reuters

CAPRIATI ON TOP
HAMBURG:
American Jennifer Capriati remained for the second straight week atop the top 10 rankings of the WTA Tour issued on Monday. The Australian and French Opens winner Capriati now leads the standings with 4,962 points — 120 more than Martina Hingis, who is sidelined at least six weeks after suffering torn ligaments in her right ankle and undergoing surgery last week. Capriati dethroned Hingis in last week’s standings, ending the Swiss player’s run of 73 consecutive weeks on top. The top five remained unchanged from last week while there were two changes in the bottom half of the top 10. DPA
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