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IHF cautions players on airing views
Saraswati Saha crashes out of 200 metres

Athens, August 23
The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) today cautioned the players not to air their views or comment on the coaches and said they should rather concentrate on the game, even as sprinter Saraswati Saha crashed out of the women’s 200m on the 10th day of the Olympics.

India draw with Argentina, to play Pakistan
India’s Dilip Tirkey  fights for the ball with Argentina’s Matias Paredas during their hockey match in Athens
India’s Dilip Tirkey (L) fights for the ball with Argentina’s Matias Paredas during their hockey match in Athens on Monday. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. — AP/PTI photo

Spain, Germany enter semis
Athens, August 23

Spain thrashed Egypt 3-0 while world champions Germany held Sydney Olympics silver medallist South Korea 2-2 to reach the semifinals of the men’s hockey competition here today. Pakistan drubbed Great Britain 8-2 to finish third in pool A.

Dutch eves knock out Australia
Athens, August 23
Playing at a furious pace, Holland pipped two-time defending champions Australia 1-0 to storm into the semifinals of the Olympic women’s hockey tournament here late last night.


An Indian cricket fan
An Indian cricket fan waits for the Australia versus India One-Day International to start after it had been delayed due to rain, during the three-nation tournament in Amsterdam on Monday. — AP/PTI

EARLIER STORIES
 

Sunil Dutt hails Shobha’s effort

NEW DELHI: JJ Shobha’s brave show in the Olympics has earned her praise from Sports Minister Sunil Dutt, who hailed the heptathlete’s effort on Monday. “The  determination, dedication and courage with which you participated despite all odds will go a long way in setting the example for sportspersons all overs, especially the present and future aspirants of our country,” he said in an official statement. The minister said he would pray for the speedy recovery of the athlete and felicitate the 26-year-old on her return from Athens. — PTI


Justin Gatlin races to victory in 100 metres
Athens, August 23
American Justin Gatlin raced to victory in the closest Olympic 100 metres final ever in an atmosphere of feverish excitement. Gatlin flew across the line in 9.85 seconds, one-hundredth of a second ahead of Portuguese Francis Obikwelu with defending champion Maurice Greene a further hundredth of a second back in third place.  ‘’I’ve been dreaming about this since I started racing,’’ said an elated Gatlin after completing a victory lap of the Olympic stadium with a laurel wreath on his head. ‘’I’ve lived for this moment. It was a very great race, the competition was stellar.’’





Justin Gatlin of the USA celebrates his gold medal in the men's 100m on Sunday. Gatlin won in 9.85 seconds, ahead of Portugal's Francis Obikwelu and Maurice Greene of the USA. — Reuters photo
Justin Gatlin of the USA celebrates his gold medal in the men's 100m

Emelie Lepennec of France waves on the podium after winning the gold medal on the uneven bars on Sunday. Americans Terin Humphrey took silver ‘Awesome’ finish by US gymnasts
Athens, August 23
The USA increased its gymnastics medal haul to seven, the most since the Americans won 16 at the boycotted Los Angeles Games in 1984. “I think it was a pretty awesome finish,” US women’s coach Kelli Hill said last night. “We like seeing three girls compete and three girls walk away with hardware.” Terin Humphrey and Annia Hatch got silver while Courtney Kupets got bronze. Humphrey finished second to France’s Emilie Lepennec in the uneven bars, while Kupets was third.



Emelie Lepennec of France waves on the podium after winning the gold medal on the uneven bars on Sunday. Americans Terin Humphrey took silver while Courtney Kupets won bronze. — Reuters photo

Khorkina makes inglorious exit
Athens, August 23
Svetlana Khorkina was expected to soar into the record books at the Athens Olympics, making a glorious exit from the international stage as the reigning queen of the asymmetric bars.

Gardner wants to reaffirm supremacy
Athens, August 23
When the men finally move into action on the Olympic wrestling mats tomorrow, American Greco-Roman big man Rulon Gardner will be looking for another gold medal. Gardner narrowly escaped death when stranded in temperatures of minus 25 degrees after his snowmobile broke down in a forest in his native Wyoming in 2002.

Massu outlasts Fish for singles gold in tennis
Athens, August 23
Nicolas Massu of Chile won the Olympic men’s singles tennis gold medal when he incredibly beat American Mardy Fish in the final, 16 hours after winning the doubles with Fernando Gonzalez.



Tennis singles gold medallist Chile's Nicolas Massu (C), silver medallist Mardy Fish of the USA (L) and bronze medallist Chile's Fernando Gonzalez show their medals after the medal ceremony on Sunday. — Reuters photo
Tennis singles gold medallist Chile's Nicolas Massu, silver medallist Mardy Fish of the USA (L) and bronze medallist Chile's Fernando Gonzalez show their medals

China elated over securing 100th gold
Beijing, August 23
China, the undisputed Asian sports powerhouse, is elated about securing their 100th gold medal in Olympic Games so far. China secured the 100th gold when world number one ping-pong queen Zhang Yining defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang-Mi in the women’s table tennis singles final yesterday.

Teenager Amir Khan ‘breath of fresh air’
Athens, August 23
Already a revelation of the Olympic boxing tournament, Britain’s teenage hope Amir Khan is great news to a sport tired of just gifted Cubans and tough Russians. Comparisons with the all-time greats might be a bit premature but the fresh-faced 17-year-old lightweight has done enough to signal he is a unique talent.

Greek outsider joins immortals
Athens, August 23
Rank outsider Athanasia Tsoumeleka snatched the women’s Olympic 20km race walk title after a thrilling finish today to give Greece their first athletics gold of the Games. She beat Russia’s Olimpiada Ivanova, the 2001 world champion, in a final-kilometre dash, timing one hour 29 minutes 12 seconds. Ivanova was four seconds back with a delighted Jane Saville of Australia third.





Greece's Athanasia Tsoumeleka celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 20km walk on Monday. Tsoumeleka won in a time of one hour 29.12 minutes ahead of Russia's Olimpiada Ivanova and Australia's Jane Saville. — Reuters photo
Greece's Athanasia Tsoumeleka celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 20km walk

Shot-putter stripped of gold
Athens, August 23
Russian woman shot-putter Irina Korzhanenko, who won the Olympic gold, has been stripped of her medal and thrown out of the games after failing a dope test, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced here today.

Athens Diary
Heat takes its toll on players
“Take a water bottle, a hat, sunglasses and sun screen” is the message for everyone who chances to venture to any of the venues of the XXVIII Olympic Games between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Reinder Nummerdor of the Netherlands  spikes the ball past Australia’s defenders during their pool B match in Athens Reinder Nummerdor of the Netherlands (L) spikes the ball past Australia’s defenders during their pool B match in Athens on Monday. The Netherlands won 3-0. — Reuters

Breeding flowers
BEIJING:
Beijing’s gardeners are busy breeding over 600 new varieties of flowers to ensure that the city is in full bloom when it hosts the 2008 Olympic Games. More than 600 varieties are being bred at a nursery near the Fragrant Hill, half an hour’s drive west of Beijing, ‘China Daily’ reported today.



India-Australia match abandoned due to rain
Australian batsman Mathew Hayeden plays a stroke during the match against India at the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen, south of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, August 23
India’s chances of reaching the tri-nation cricket series final were severely dented after heavy rain forced their second limited overs match against Australia to be abandoned here today.
Australian batsman Mathew Hayeden plays a stroke during the match against India at the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen, south of Amsterdam, on Monday. — AFP photo

Spin trouble for Indians?
Amsterdam, August 23
Forget the Brett Lees and Shoaib Akhtars, the famous Indian batting these days is being exposed even by the likes of Upul Chandana and Shahid Afridi, prompting experts to wonder whether the players are adopting the right technique against spin bowling.

Challenger Trophy in Mumbai
Mumbai, August 23
The N.K.P. Salve Challenger Trophy one-day tournament involving India ‘Senior’, India ‘A’ and India ‘B’ will be held in Mumbai from February 7.

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Rathore HISA goodwill ambassador
Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore CHENNAI: Ace marksman and Athens Games silver medallist Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Hero Indian Sports Academy (HISA). HISA Chairman and Indian cricketing icon Kapil Dev and vice-chairman Moraad Ali Khan and other members of the academy applauded the stellar performance of Rathore, who became the first in post-independent India to win an individual silver in the quadrennial event.

Nirmal Amarjit to head hockey body
Jalandhar, August 23
Ms Nirmal Amarjit Singh, daughter-in-law of Mr Umrao Singh, a former MP, has been elected president of the Punjab Women’s Association during its annual general meeting held here.

Jharkhand eves retain title
Kapurthala, August 23
Jharkhand retained the Shirley Counsel Memorial Running Trophy, a symbol of supremacy in the 17th Dhanoa Sub-Junior National Women Hockey Championship which concluded at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

PGAI Tour to kick off on Sept 1
New Delhi, August 23
The 2004-05 season of the Amby Valley Professional Golfers’ Association of India (PGAI) Tour will begin with the ‘Southern Swing incorporating four events and a total prize money of Rs 40 lakh with the Rs 10 lakh Hyundai-TNGF Open in Chennai from September 1.

Sneh Lata, Mahipal emerge winners
New Delhi, August 23
Sneh Lata in the girls section and Mahipal in the boys section emerged winners in the senior events of the Rajiv Gandhi Marathon Run organised by the National Sports Club of India (NSCI), here.

Sweden's Christian Olsson jumps during the men's triple jump at the main Olympic Stadium at Athens Sweden's Christian Olsson jumps during the men's triple jump at the main Olympic Stadium at Athens on Sunday. The Swede won the gold medal. — Reuters

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IHF cautions players on airing views 
Saraswati Saha crashes out of 200 metres

Athens, August 23
The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) today cautioned the players not to air their views or comment on the coaches and said they should rather concentrate on the game, even as sprinter Saraswati Saha crashed out of the women’s 200m on the 10th day of the Olympics.

The IHF has taken strong exception to forward Prabhjot Singh’s interview to a TV channel in which he had strongly criticised chief coach Gerhard Rach.

“The players’ job is to play and let their stick talk”, a senior IHF official said.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said “What can a coach do if a player can’t score an open goal? Who is to be blamed for the defeat against Holland? We had sitters in the match but we could not score. Against New Zealand also, we muffed chances.”

He said it was rather surprising that the players had started airing their views after their dismal showing.

“I don’t know what is the provocation”, he said.

The official, however, tried to evade the question about rampant indiscipline in the team and said, “We have been telling the boys — please talk less and perform more on the field.”

He was, however, candid enough to admit that the performance of the team had come as a shock not only to him but to the federation.

“We gave them whatever they had asked for. They got the best of the training, best of the conditioning camps and best of the competition before the Games but when they failed, they started blaming others.” “You may not agree with some tactics of the coach because everybody has his own way of thinking. But who prevented them from scoring the goals? It was not the coach, I presume”, he said.

“It is very strange that players, instead of concentrating on their game, should be talking and writing about it” he said adding that “I think time has come to check them. We will have to enforce discipline, even if it means some drastic changes. We just can’t afford to carry baggages.”

“Why should the IHF be overawed by some players’ reputation if they are not bothered about themselves? On what basis are they criticising the coach when their own performance has not been up to the mark?” he shot back.

Earlier, key forward Prabhjot Singh joined the chorus led by Dilip Tirkey and veteran Dhanraj Pillay through their critical newspaper columns, by accusing the coach of deliberately trying to put him under pressure and forcing the team to play defensive hockey which was not its forte.

Prabhjot, who has been off colour in the Olympics, also expressed his displeasure over being used in the matches off and on for short durations.

“I am played for five minutes and made to sit on the bench for 15 minutes. Overall, in all the four matches that we have played so far, I must have played for 25 minutes or so,” he said today.

Meanwhile, Saraswati Saha ran poorly in the first round heats to finish in the fifth position in heat 3 in a slow 23.43 seconds, which was off her best for the season by 0.36 seconds.

The time clocked by the 25-year-old Kolkata-based Saha in the long sprint was well below her season’s best of 23.07 seconds done at home to attain the qualifying mark for the games. It was also well below her personal best of 22.83 seconds achieved in 2002 at Ludhiana.

The contingent is now waiting for world number six Anju Bobby George to bail them out when she competes in the women’s long jump on August 25.

Sailors finish last

The Indian sailing duo of Malav Shroff and Sumeet Patel came up with yet another disastrous show to finish at the bottom of the table in the mixed open double-handed dinghy-49er races here today.

The Indians finished 19th in race 12 and their poor show placed them overall last in a field of 19 with 180 points.

The US-based Indians, Malav being the skipper and Sumeet the crew, proved no match at all at the highest level of competition at the Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre here and they have been struggling to keep their head above water since race one. — UNI, PTI

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India draw with Argentina, to play Pakistan

Athens, August 23
Last-minute blues continued to haunt India as Argentina scored just seconds before the hooter to hold the eight-time gold medallists 2-2 in their final Olympic pool B hockey match here today.

The draw, however, was enough for India to have a chance to improve upon their performance in the Sydney games four years back where they had finished seventh.

They will now play for 5-8 places classification matches after finishing the five-match league engagements in fourth place with four points — ahead of South Africa and Argentina.

The fourth-place finish means they will play the third-place holder in pool A, Pakistan, in their classification match on Wednesday.

Even though India took the lead twice with Gagan Ajit Singh (33rd and 60th minutes) scoring on both occasions, they hardly posed a threat to the Argentines on other occasions, who must be ruing their missed opportunities.

After suffering the reverses, they came back strongly scoring from penalty corners through Matias Vila, who took the setpieces as expert Jorge Lombi proved ineffective early on.

Vila’s first strike came in the 53rd minute when he scored from the 5th penalty corner and followed it up with another in the last minute from another set piece.

But that was not enough to save Argentina, who finished eighth in the Sydney games, from being relegated to play Egypt in the play-offs for 9-12 places.

The Argentines, who were steamrolled by most teams in the competition, dominated today’s match for most part as India continued to struggle with their ball possession and trapping.

The performance of the forwards was hardly any different from what it was in earlier matches as they came up with a sloppy display. Barring captain Dilip Tirkey, the defence was also far from impressive.

They must consider themselves lucky for taking home a point from the match. — PTI

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Spain, Germany enter semis

Athens, August 23
Spain thrashed Egypt 3-0 while world champions Germany held Sydney Olympics silver medallist South Korea 2-2 to reach the semifinals of the men’s hockey competition here today. Pakistan drubbed Great Britain 8-2 to finish third in pool A.

Earlier, 1976 winners New Zealand routed South Africa 4-1 to finish third in the pool ‘B’. Holland and Australia have already qualified for the last four stage from this pool.

Spain dominated the game throughout, despite not playing at full pace. They took the lead in the sixth minute through Eduardo Tubau, who shot home a rebound after rival goalkeeper had blocked a powerful drive from Pablo Pol Amat.

Spain consolidated the lead in the 62nd minute when Amat made no mistake in converting a penalty stroke which was awarded after striker Santiago Freixa was fouled in front of the goal (2-0).

Three minutes later, the score went up 3-0 as Tubau, with a powerful dragh flick, converted a penalty corner for his second individual goal. — UNI

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Dutch eves knock out Australia

Athens, August 23
Playing at a furious pace, Holland pipped two-time defending champions Australia 1-0 to storm into the semifinals of the Olympic women’s hockey tournament here late last night.

Holland not only beat the Aussies but also denied them a place in the last four as Germany earned the second slot from this pool.

It was a sweet revenge for the Dutch women, who had lost to Australia 0-5 in the Sydney Olympics and that defeat had deprived them a place in the semifinals there. They turned the tables last night, ousting the Aussies from the race for the medal.

The other teams completing the last four line-up are China and Argentina.

China kept the Asian challange alive in the tournament as they downed fancied Argentina 3-2 to finish the league assignment with an all-win record.

Holland scored the all-important goal in the 47th minute when captain Mijntje Donners converted a penalty corner and after that the Dutch girls defended their lead well to emerge winners.

In the semifinals, China will take on Germany while Argentina will play Holland tomorrow. — UNI

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Justin Gatlin races to victory in 100 metres

Athens, August 23
American Justin Gatlin raced to victory in the closest Olympic 100 metres final ever in an atmosphere of feverish excitement.

Gatlin flew across the line in 9.85 seconds, one-hundredth of a second ahead of Portuguese Francis Obikwelu with defending champion Maurice Greene a further hundredth of a second back in third place.

‘’I’ve been dreaming about this since I started racing,’’ said an elated Gatlin after completing a victory lap of the Olympic stadium with a laurel wreath on his head. ‘’I’ve lived for this moment. It was a very great race, the competition was stellar.’’

The pre-race atmosphere resembled the build-up to one of the old classic heavyweight title fights at Madison Square Garden with the eight finalists waving and gesturing in turn to the capacity crowd who had been clapping rhythmically to the theme tune from ‘’Zorba the Greek’’.

Gatlin, (22) was slowest out of the blocks but powered back into contention, lunging over the line just ahead of Nigerian-born Obikwelu.

Greene, seeking to become only the second man to retain the Olympic title after Carl Lewis, was gracious in defeat. ‘’I hope they (the fans) enjoyed the show we put on today. It was a great race.’’

At the other end of the scale, world silver medallist Mizuki Noguchi conquered the demanding marathon course from the town which gave the 42.195-km event its name to the Panathinaiko marble amphitheatre in the centre of Athens where the modern Olympic Games were revived in 1896.

Noguchi moved ahead in the second half of the race on a series of taxing inclines to win in two hours 26 minutes 20 seconds.

Kenyan Catherine Ndereba of Kenya took the silver with the bronze going to American Deena Kastor.

World record holder Paula Radcliffe of Britain laboured in the fierce heat and came to a sudden standstill after 36 kms, sitting down beside the road in tears.

It was another excellent day for the Swedes, following Carolina Kluft’s win in the heptathlon on Sunday.

Christian Olsson added the Olympic triple jump gold medal to the world title he won in Paris last year and Stefan Holm took the high jump title when he was the only competitor to clear 2.36 metres.

Holm faced elimination after he failed twice at 2.34 but soared over the bar with his final attempt and cleared the winning height with his next jump.

‘’It’s the jackpot for Sweden,’’ Olsson told reporters. ‘’I have achieved what everybody wants to achieve in his career. I am overjoyed.’’

Adrian Annus won Hungary’s fifth men’s hammer title in the other gold medal decided on Sunday, ahead of Japanese rival Koji Murofushi. ‘’I just tried to make sure I gave Koji a hard time on the last throw. I was really scared as I thought he had me but it turned out he didn’t,’’ Annus said. — Reuters

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‘Awesome’ finish by US gymnasts

Athens, August 23
The USA increased its gymnastics medal haul to seven, the most since the Americans won 16 at the boycotted Los Angeles Games in 1984.

“I think it was a pretty awesome finish,” US women’s coach Kelli Hill said last night. “We like seeing three girls compete and three girls walk away with hardware.”

Terin Humphrey and Annia Hatch got silver while Courtney Kupets got bronze. Humphrey finished second to France’s Emilie Lepennec in the uneven bars, while Kupets was third. Hatch’s silver came on the vault, where she was runner-up to Romania’s Monica Rosu. Anna Pavlova of Russia took the bronze.

Greek fans had something to cheer about, too. Dimosthenis Tampakos sent the Olympic Indoor Hall into a frenzy on the final event of the night, winning gold on still rings. Tampakos was the first of eight competitors, and the hometown fans - including local games chief Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki - roared each time a score was posted and Tampakos maintained his hold on first place.

Jordan Jovtchev of Bulgaria won the silver, and Italy’s Yuri Chechi took the bronze. Svetlana Khorkina was not one of them. The Russian diva’s Olympic career ended with a thud, when she fell off the uneven bars, and she quickly stalked out of the arena.

Khorkina did not even stick around to watch the final bars performance, leaving before Humphrey went. American Paul Hamm failed to get a medal in either of his events, finishing fifth on floor and sixth on pommel horse.

But he was more upset with the International Gymnastics Federation, which acknowledged Saturday that a scoring error wrongly gave Hamm the gold in the all-around over Yang Tae-young of South Korea.

Hamm became the first US man to win the Olympic all-around, and Carly Patterson became the first woman since Mary Lou Retton in 1984 to win gymnastics’ biggest prize. — AP

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Khorkina makes inglorious exit

Athens, August 23
Svetlana Khorkina was expected to soar into the record books at the Athens Olympics, making a glorious exit from the international stage as the reigning queen of the asymmetric bars.

But the Russian diva has never liked following a script and her final performance in the Olympic arena was no exception as she stormed off into retirement in a huge sulk.

Khorkina was aiming to become the first gymnast to win the same apparatus title at three consecutive Games and had entered the asymmetric bars final as the favourite.

But only seconds into her complex display between the bars, the 25-year-old lost her grip.

Surprisingly, she was not even in the midst of performing one of her gravity-defying release and catch moves when she fell off.

Rotating on the high bar, the Russian simply failed to hang on and was left standing on the matting contemplating her next move.

For a few moments it looked as if she would storm off without completing her routine. Stone-faced, she returned to go through the motions before making a swift exit from the arena.

The woman who had arrived to make history had just finished last out of the eight competitors.

Yesterday’s dramatics capped a decade-long career in which Khorkina has made a name for herself as a trend-setting gymnast -but also as a highly temperamental competitor.

Only three days after describing the winning of her first all-round Olympic medal - a silver - as the best day of her life, she was accusing the judges of bias towards American winner Carly Patterson.

“I knew well in advance, even before I stepped on the stage for my first event, that I was going to lose,” she was quoted as saying in the Russian media.

One of the most elegant athletes ever to grace the sport, Khorkina certainly did not appear unhappy following the all-round final.

She paraded around the arena draped in the Russian flag, waving and blowing kisses to her adoring fans.

However, Khorkina thrives on being unpredictable and her swansong from international gymnastics was no different. — Reuters

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Gardner wants to reaffirm supremacy

Athens, August 23
When the men finally move into action on the Olympic wrestling mats tomorrow, American Greco-Roman big man Rulon Gardner will be looking for another gold medal.

Gardner narrowly escaped death when stranded in temperatures of minus 25 degrees after his snowmobile broke down in a forest in his native Wyoming in 2002.

Although he managed to hold on while friends went to call for help, Gardner suffered frost bite before being airlifted to safety, but he lost a middle toe.

Gardner, (33) caused one of the greatest upsets in the sport when he beat the seemingly invincible Russian Alexander Karelin to win the 130kg gold medal in Sydney. His main challenger this time could be current world champion, Khassan Baroev of Russia.

Weight classifications have changed slightly for the Athens Games as the categories were reduced from eight to seven and the biggest men are now not allowed to weigh in at more than 120 kg.

A total of 146 wrestlers will face off in the Greco-Roman discipline with the draw which follows the weigh-in set for this afternoon.

Four weight divisions begin competing on Tuesday (55 kg, 66 kg, 84kg and 120 kg) while the other three (60 kg, 74 kg and 96 kg) begin on Wednesday.

The Greco-Roman competition could also be disturbed by the same Middle Eastern political troubles that affected last week’s judo event when Iran apparently told its world champion to pull out rather than face an Israeli. With Israelis and Iranians grouped in the 120kg and 84kg categories, there is a chance they could meet at some point.

In the 84 kg division Israel’s Gotsha Tsitsiashvily is looking to add a gold medal to the world title he won in Creteil, France, in 2003. A veteran of three Olympics, the Georgian-born Israeli will be trying to win his country’s first Olympic gold.

One of his main challengers is Armenian-born Swede Ara Abrahamian, the man from whom Tsitsiashvily took the world title. — Reuters

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Massu outlasts Fish for singles gold in tennis

Athens, August 23
Nicolas Massu of Chile won the Olympic men’s singles tennis gold medal when he incredibly beat American Mardy Fish in the final, 16 hours after winning the doubles with Fernando Gonzalez.

He hung in for a 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win to cap a tremendous day in Olympic history for Chile yesterday.

His five-set doubles win was Chile’s first ever Olympic gold medal in any sport. It finished at 2:40 this morning and after the medals ceremony he had to go to doping control and for a massage.

But last night after hardly any sleep, he fought back from two sets-to-one down to win in exactly four hours of momentous tennis.

Gonzalez, who lost to Fish in the semi-finals, beat American Taylor Dent for the bronze medal to give Chile three Olympic medals - two golds and a bronze.

Massu started like it was a 100 metre sprint, racing away to take the first set 6-3 after winning the first five games, only to hit the wall marathon runners so fear.

Fish won the next two sets and Massu looked like he was a dead man walking.

Somehow, only he knows how, he fought back to pull level at two sets-all and with his adrenalin soaring he critically broke Fish in the fifth game of the final set after each man had dropped serve.

Fish refused to give up without a fight, either. But Massu held serve in the eighth game to force the American to serve to stay in the match.

He did just that, but Massu brought a stunning Olympics to a close by serving out for his, and Chile’s, second gold medal. Chile have now won two gold, three silver and seven bronze medals since 1896.

World numbers one and two Roger Federer and Andy Roddick failed to survive the early cull, but it was still a remarkable performance by Chile. Gonzalez beat Roddick while Massu beat third seed Carlos Moya.

Massu had not won a match on hardcourt before coming to Athens, but in 24 gruelling hours on court here he won the singles and doubles gold medals.

He won the first five games in a rush before Fish could catch his breath to fight back to win three. Massu served out the set, but already he was beginning to look like a man with problems. He regularly squatted, stretched his legs and looked up at the sky as if imploring help from above.

Fish broke him in the eighth game to take the second set then broke him in the very first game of the third set and again in the seventh to serve out the set.

Massu promptly took a break. And came out fighting but could not believe it when Swiss umpire Andreas Egli gave Fish his first service game when his serve looked well out.

With the crowd roaring their encouragement, Massu won his own serve to love and took the set 6-3 to go into yet another five setter.

He broke Fish in the first game of the fifth then immediately dropped serve. But after each man held serve he came out fighting once again to break Fish in the fifth. That was to prove decisive with each man holding serve and Massu hitting the tape as an astonishing Olympic champion. — AFP

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China elated over securing 100th gold

Beijing, August 23
China, the undisputed Asian sports powerhouse, is elated about securing their 100th gold medal in Olympic Games so far. China secured the 100th gold when world number one ping-pong queen Zhang Yining defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang-Mi in the women’s table tennis singles final yesterday.

“Fittingly the landmark 100th gold came on the table tennis court, where China has won 16 gold medals out of a possible 19 since the sport’s Olympic debut in 1988, and where Rong Guotuan claimed China’s first world championship of any sports in 1959,” the Xinua New Agency said.

“China’s historic 100-gold mark was reached after a timely helping hand by American shooter Matthew Emmons, who misfired the last shot to give the men’s 50m rifle 3 position gold medal to Chinese Jia Zhanbo,” it said.

Jia’s gold was China’s 99th since the world’s most populous nation ended its Olympic title drought in 1984, it added.

It was the second gold after doubles for Zhang, who had long been under the shadow of Wang Nan, a “grand slam” winner of Olympic, world championships and World Cup crowns.

The 22-year-old knew she would win even before the championship duel took place.

“When I shook hands with my rival before the start, I felt her hand was ice cold. So I thought she must be very nervous and I felt more sure about the match,” Zhang said.

Li Ting and Sun Tiantian won what China had never dreamt of — a tennis gold.

The top Chinese pair upset Spanish veterans Conchita Martinez and Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-3, 6-3 in the women’s doubles final.

China, which fell to second after topping the medal tally for the first six days, snatched the lead back from the USA, totalling 22 gold medals against the 21 medals won by the USA. Japan is a distant third with 13 gold medals, followed by Australia on 12 and Germany on 10.

China began its Olympic career at the Los Angeles Games with 15 gold medals, and followed up in Seoul four years later with just five.

But by 1992, China won 16 medals in Barcelona, a feat repeated in Atlanta four years later. Sydney saw China explode into the elite group of Olympic nations with 28 gold medals, placing it third on the gold and overall medal tally behind the USA and Russia.

China Olympic Committee officials had played down expectations for Athens, saying the nation’s target was 20 gold medals as it fielded a young team to prepare them for a much bigger haul when Beijing hosts the next Games.

But with China already achieving its benchmark 20 gold medals on just the ninth full day of competition in Athens, China looks set to break its record haul, ‘China Daily’ reported. — PTI 

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Teenager Amir Khan ‘breath of fresh air’

Athens, August 23
Already a revelation of the Olympic boxing tournament, Britain’s teenage hope Amir Khan is great news to a sport tired of just gifted Cubans and tough Russians.

Comparisons with the all-time greats might be a bit premature but the fresh-faced 17-year-old lightweight has done enough to signal he is a unique talent.

“He’s an absolute breath of fresh air,” British boxing coach Terry Edwards said of his one-man team. “He makes me feel 20 years younger, just watching him train and fight.”

While rejuvenating Edwards, Khan has also displayed maturity beyond his years with shrewd tactics inside the ropes and a cool head in and out of the ring.

After opening with a dazzling display against local hope Marios Kaperonis, Khan confirmed he was special by outclassing European champion Dimitar Stilianov in the next round to reach the quarter-finals. With swift footwork, amazing hand speed and daring body moves, the world junior champion quite simply taught Bulgarian Stilianov, one of the most seasoned fighters around, a boxing lesson.

“I’ve just boxed the European champion and he’s 10 years older than me,” Khan said proudly.

“I was very relaxed. I was just treating it like another day at the gym.”

Between the son of a Pakistani scrap metal merchant from Bolton in northern England and a medal now stands South Korean Baik Jong-sub, who Khan will challenge on Tuesday.

But the Briton wants more than just a semi-final spot.

What he is after is the final, in which he would be likely to clash with mighty Cuban Mario Kindelan, who is nearly twice his age at 33 and is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound amateur in the world.

If the upsets Kindelan, then it will be suitable to compare him with the great Sugar Ray Leonard, who burst into the limelight on the Olympic stage 28 years ago in Montreal.

If he were to emulate Audley Harrison, who handed Britain their first Olympic title since 1968 with his super-heavyweight triumph in Sydney, Khan would become the youngest Olympic champion since American Floyd Patterson in 1952.

But he has not done it yet.

“He’s just come out of the juniors and already he is being bracketed in the same league as Muhammad Ali,” said Edwards.

“Sometimes I’m aghast at what I hear and read. Amir has his feet on the ground and he will decide on his future when the time is right.”

Offers for him to turn professional should soon abound but, like Edwards, Khan is aware that his amateur career is only just starting.

“I’ve got my eyes on the next Olympics,” he said. “I’m only 17 and I don’t want to turn pro too early. I want to get stronger and more mature before I do that.” — Reuters

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Greek outsider joins immortals

Athens, August 23
Rank outsider Athanasia Tsoumeleka snatched the women’s Olympic 20km race walk title after a thrilling finish today to give Greece their first athletics gold of the Games.

She beat Russia’s Olimpiada Ivanova, the 2001 world champion, in a final-kilometre dash, timing one hour 29 minutes 12 seconds. Ivanova was four seconds back with a delighted Jane Saville of Australia third.

The 22-year-old Tsoumeleka, who had never won a major international medal before but who played a perfect waiting game, leapt into the arms of jubilant Greek officials, hardly believing her own success as she smashed her personal best by more than 20 seconds.

“I wanted the medal so much. I thank God,” said Tsoumeleka, whose first name means “Immortality”.

She also had words of support for Greek world-class sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, who withdrew for the Games after missing drugs tests in mysterious circumstances.

“I got great strength from what happened with our two athletes, Costas and Katerina. I firmly believe they did nothing wrong.

“They gave me great strength. I have been always dreaming of them. Katerina comes from my home town in northwestern Greece, Preveza.”

Tsoumeleka had barely featured at the head of the field until the closing stages. Blown along by home crowd support, she then put in a series of devastating bursts, including a sprint from just outside the Olympic stadium to seal her win. — Reuters

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Shot-putter stripped of gold

Athens, August 23
Russian woman shot-putter Irina Korzhanenko, who won the Olympic gold, has been stripped of her medal and thrown out of the games after failing a dope test, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced here today.

Korzhanenko tested positive on August 18 for stenozolol, a banned anabolic steroid, said an IOC spokesman.

The Russian won the gold medal two days before the full athletics programme got under way in a competition north of Athens at Olympia, the ancient birthplace of the games.

She had previously been found guilty of doping and was stripped of the 1999 world indoor title for her offence.

Korzhanenko would have gone into the record books as the first woman champion at the site of the ancient games, as well as the first athletics champion of this particular edition of the modern games.

“I kept thinking before this competition that the silver was the best I could hope for so I think the Greek gods helped me win this gold medal as conditions were far from ideal,” the 30-year-old said at the time of her victory. — AFP

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Athens Diary
Heat takes its toll on players
Prabhjot Singh

“Take a water bottle, a hat, sunglasses and sun screen” is the message for everyone who chances to venture to any of the venues of the XXVIII Olympic Games between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“This is not summer. Athens is an oven,” remarked a Canadian journalist saying that 38 degrees celsius is affecting performances of athletes.

So much so that in womens’ marathon yesterday, the current world champion Paula Radcliffe of Britain fought the heat all she could till she collapsed in tears on an Athens street, almost 6.5 km short of the finish line.

Though the marathon started at 6 p.m., but the heat had taken its toll for this 42-km course, run when the temperature had dropped from 38 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees celsius, but still heat was too much and it slowed down the pace.

It is not only athletics, but heat has cast its spell on almost all events. Beach volleyball for example, too, drew protests from players holding that temperature was too uncomfortable.

Greece is considered a siesta kind of place. Here, it is called “mesimeriano ipnako”, which means an afternoon snooze. It is why Greece normally shuts down between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to avoid the “brutal sun”.

Though the organisers had taken the heat factor in account while deciding timing of events, yet heat has been worrying everyone. Even athletes from Africa, India and other countries, too, have been complaining of too much of heat here. No track and field events are held in the afternoon.

But many sprinters and distance runners have complained that even late evening events retained heat on the track and was affecting their performance.

To meet the sizzling heat challenge, the organisers have supplied two billion litres of bottled water and three million bottles of soft drinks. According to an estimate, thirsty players, officials and spectators consume an estimated 20 million bottles of water, sports drink and soft drinks by the time the Games end on Sunday after the closing ceremony.

Incidentally, yesterday was the highest temperature (38 degrees Celsius) witnessed in Athens ever since the start of the Games.

Early arrival was perhaps not enough for athletes to acclimatise themselves to the weather conditions. Besides track and field, even equestrian events are not held till evening. Too high temperatures affect both the rider and the mount.

Even hockey matches are avoided in the afternoon. But 10.30 match against New Zealand day before yesterday was played in sweltering heat.

After 11in the morning, even streets are deserted because of the heat. It is only evenings which bring not only all Olympic venues but also the streets, squares of all municipalities that fall within Athens to life.

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Breeding flowers

BEIJING: Beijing’s gardeners are busy breeding over 600 new varieties of flowers to ensure that the city is in full bloom when it hosts the 2008 Olympic Games.

More than 600 varieties are being bred at a nursery near the Fragrant Hill, half an hour’s drive west of Beijing, ‘China Daily’ reported today.

Horticulturists will choose some of the flowers to be cultivated around the city next year to evaluate their performance, head of the research group, Zhang Lannian said. — PTI

USA clinch softball gold

ATHENS: The USA won the gold medal in softball on Monday, beating Australia 5-1 on two home runs from Crystl Bustos and masterful pitching from Lisa Fernandez.

The win in Athens marked the thirdstraight Olympic gold medal for them as they only allowed one run, which came in the gold medal game, in their nine games in Athens. Crystl Bustos slammed a two-run homer in the first to put the USA on the board. Australia took silver and Japan received the bronze medal. — Reuters

Fencing referee suspended

ATHENS: A Hungarian fencing referee was expelled from the Olympics and suspended for two years on Sunday after officials said he made several errors during the previous night’s gold medal match in men’s team foil.

According to International Fencing Federation media director Jochen Faerber, referee Joszef Hidasi made mistakes in six scoring decisions — all in favour of Italy. The Italians beat China 45-42 to win the gold medal.

FIE president Rene Roch said in a press release that the errors were “heavy and against the good reputation of our sport.” — AP

Winner retires

ATHENS: Italy’s Andrea Benelli won the gold medal in the Olympic men’s skeet shooting on Sunday, ran a jubilant lap of honour and then announced his retirement.

“From today, I’m not shooting any more,” Benelli told the Italian news agency ANSA after capturing the gold in a shoot-off with Finland’s Marko Kemppainen. — Reuters

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India-Australia match abandoned due to rain
Ashish Shukla

Amsterdam, August 23
India’s chances of reaching the tri-nation cricket series final were severely dented after heavy rain forced their second limited overs match against Australia to be abandoned here today.

The teams earned three points each following the downpour which forced the umpires to call off the match with two balls remaining in the Australian innings.

After a four-and-a-half-hour delayed start, Australia won the toss and elected to bat in the 32 overs a side match. They were 175 for seven in 31.4 overs when the covers came on.

The no-result left India with three points from two matches. Australia, who also have three points, will play Pakistan in the final league match on Wednesday.

Pakistan, who beat India in the opening match on Saturday, have six points and are ensured of a berth in the final on August 28.

India has a slim chance of entering the final, which depends on Pakistan beating Australia and collecting full six points.

It was a big blow for the Indians who bounced back from their opening match defeat against Pakistan to put up a commanding performance on the field.

Electing to bat, Australia were pegged back by some tidy bowling by India who exploited the slow paced nature of the VRA ground track better than they did against Pakistan.

Australia, who were at one stage were 138 for six, owed their final total to a late counter-attack from allrounder Michael Clarke, who slammed 42 off 28 balls and hit six fours.

The Indians had a fresh injury worry with Ajit Agarkar down due to a side strain but that seemed to have little impact on the overall performance on the field.

Laxmipathy Balaji, who grabbed 3-27 against Pakistan in the previous match, showed he had put the nightmarish Asia Cup behind him as he claimed three for 20.

Sehwag, whose off-spin was effective in Sri Lanka, had the Australians struggling throughout to pick up 1-35, prompting the question why he was not called to bowl on Saturday.

Anil Kumble’s experience came in handy towards the end as the ace leggie mixed it up for figures of 2-37.

Australia, except for the early stage when Mathew Hayden and captain Ricky Ponting added 46 runs for the second wicket, never looked in control.

Ashish Nehra (1-44), brought in the team in place of injured Ajit Agarkar, struck the first blow when he removed wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (5) with a catch at mid-off with 23 on the board.

Three wickets then fell in a space of four runs with two going to Balaji, brought in as second change in this game.

Balaji first claimed Matthew Hayden (29) who slogged a catch to short midwicket and then won a leg before shout against Ricky Ponting (26).

Scoreboard

Australia

Hayden c Ganguly b Balaji 29

Haddin c Balaji b Nehra 5

Ponting lbw Balaji 26

Martyn b Sehwag 12

Symonds c Dravid b Kumble 12

Lehmann c Gavaskar b Kumble 19

Clarke c Sehwag b Balaji 42

Hogg not out 17

Lee not out 1

Extras (b-1, lb-4, w-6, nb-1) 12

Total (for 7 wickets in 31.4 overs) 175

Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-69, 3-70, 4-83, 5-101, 6-138, 7-169.

Bowling: Pathan 6.4-0-34-0, Nehra 6-0-44-1, Sehwag 6-0-35-1, Balaji 6-0-20-3, Kumble 7-0-37-2. — PTI

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Spin trouble for Indians?

Amsterdam, August 23
Forget the Brett Lees and Shoaib Akhtars, the famous Indian batting these days is being exposed even by the likes of Upul Chandana and Shahid Afridi, prompting experts to wonder whether the players are adopting the right technique against spin bowling.

Coach John Wright stirred a hornet’s nest when he wondered if his team was playing the right shots against spin in one-day cricket after the side’s damning defeat against Pakistan in the opening game of the tri-series here on Saturday.

“We need to re-look at our shot selection against spin. We need to find out if we are playing too square and not straight enough against slow bowlers,” Wright had remarked which, given his modest tongue, was almost acerbic in nature.

Indeed, in two straight one-day tournaments, in Sri Lanka and now in Holland, Indian batsmen have appeared clueless against slow bowlers, be it Dilshan, Muralitharan or Chandana or be it the case of squaring up against Shoaib Malik and Afridi here in Amsterdam.

Sanjay Manjrekar, the famous technician, goes by his experience and says whenever he played too much of international cricket and came back to play spin in domestic cricket, he almost invariably had problems in dealing with spin bowlers.

“It happened to me always, Whenever I played in international cricket and came back for domestic matches, I struggled against spin. You get so used to playing pace bowling, on your backfoot, the ball climbing to your chest that you get out of practice against spin,” said Manjrekar.

Manjrekar feels the problem with the current lot of Indian batsmen gets accentuated because they hardly get to play domestic cricket because of the busy international schedule these days.

“So cramped is the international schedule that you hardly get time to play domestic cricket — you are out of the circuit almost always,” he said.

Barry Richards, that famous batsman of South Africa who was rated by no less than Bishan Singh Bedi as possibly the best player of spin in his time, feels Indians have been taken by surprise by the extra spin which the pitch at the VRA ground here affords to slow bowlers.

“I didn’t see them in Sri Lanka but here I got the feeling it spun a lot more than they anticipated. This was a venue about which they didn’t know much. In one-day games, you don’t expect the ball to spin so much. I think it caught them a little by surprise.

“There was only one international game here before and there is no evidence to go by it. I still haven’t got the feeling they don’t play spin so well but the evidence obviously suggests they haven’t (played spin so well).

Richards said the players were trying to play more square than straight in the opening game against Pakistan and put it down to lack of knowledge about the wicket beforehand.

“They were playing more square than straight. I think the expectation of what they could do on this wicket without quite knowing about it went against them.”

It is almost blasphemous to think the likes of Rahul Dravid or Virender Sehwag or for that matter Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, are struggling against slow bowlers. But the evidence supports the dilemma.

Those famous twinkle-toe foot movements are no longer visible. There is no one-two-three movement which sends the ball soaring over extra cover or lofted strokes over mid-wicket. — PTI

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Challenger Trophy in Mumbai

Mumbai, August 23
The N.K.P. Salve Challenger Trophy one-day tournament involving India ‘Senior’, India ‘A’ and India ‘B’ will be held in Mumbai from February 7.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a press release said that the first match between India Seniors and India ‘A’ will be played on February 7, while India ‘B’ will clash with India Seniors on February 8. India ‘A’ will take on India ‘B’ on February 9, while the final will be played on February 10. — UNI

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Rathore HISA goodwill ambassador

CHENNAI: Ace marksman and Athens Games silver medallist Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Hero Indian Sports Academy (HISA).

HISA Chairman and Indian cricketing icon Kapil Dev and vice-chairman Moraad Ali Khan and other members of the academy applauded the stellar performance of Rathore, who became the first in post-independent India to win an individual silver in the quadrennial event.

HISA comprises some of India’s best legendary sportspersons and its main objective was to recognise outstanding sporting achievement. — UNI

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Nirmal Amarjit to head hockey body
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, August 23
Ms Nirmal Amarjit Singh, daughter-in-law of Mr Umrao Singh, a former MP, has been elected president of the Punjab Women’s Association during its annual general meeting held here.

Mr Rajinder Singh, honorary secretary of the association, in a press note issued here today, said keeping in view the services of Ms Surinder Umrao Singh, the outgoing president, the general house had passed a resolution to nominate her honorary president for life.

The list of office-bearers include two women PCS officers — Ms Sarojini Gautam Sharda and Ms Babita — who have been nominated senior vice-president and vice-president, respectively.

Other office-bearers include: president— Ms Gurmit Atwal, Mr Zorawar Singh and Ms Sukhwinder Kaur; honorary secretary — Mr Rajinder Singh; honorary associate secretary — Mr Kirpal Singh Matharu; joint secretary — Mr Piara Singh (Amritsar), Ms Uma Jaggi (Gurdaspur), Ms Harpreet Kaur (Ropar), honorary treasurer — Mr Sanjay Kohli; executive members — Mr Jaswant Singh Grewal (Moga), Ms Sangeeta Sareen (Jalandhar), Mr Amarjit Singh Phull (Hoshiarpur), Ms Mohani Grewal (Jalandhar) and Mr Sarabjit Singh (Gurdaspur).

The members of the technical committee include Mr Kirpal Singh Matharu (chairman), Mr Jaswant Singh Grewal (Moga), Mr Ranjit Singh (Ropar), Mr Manjit Singh(Ferozepore), Mr Bharat Bhushan (Gurdaspur) and Ms Sukhbhinder Kaur (Amritsar).

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Jharkhand eves retain title

Kapurthala, August 23
Jharkhand retained the Shirley Counsel Memorial Running Trophy, a symbol of supremacy in the 17th Dhanoa Sub-Junior National Women Hockey Championship which concluded at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

In the thrilling title-clash, Jharkhand won by a solitary goal against never-say-die Haryana.

The all-important goal was scored by centre-forward Anima who took possession of the ball near the 25-yard line and dribbled her way inside the striking circle with a solo effort before scoring a gem of a goal in the 15th minute.

Runners-up Haryana were awarded the Sahara Cup.

Earlier, Orissa got the better of Manipur by 2-1 to lift the Inder Kaur Memorial Trophy in the Hard Line match. — UNI

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PGAI Tour to kick off on Sept 1
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 23
The 2004-05 season of the Amby Valley Professional Golfers’ Association of India (PGAI) Tour will begin with the ‘Southern Swing incorporating four events and a total prize money of Rs 40 lakh with the Rs 10 lakh Hyundai-TNGF Open in Chennai from September 1.

The second tournament, a Rs 10 lakh event, will be played at the MGC Golf Links, also in Chennai, from September 7 to 10. The third tournament will be the Hindu Open to be played from September 15. The fourth leg, for the Hero Honda Open South will be held at the Bangalore Golf Club course from September 21 to 24. 

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Sneh Lata, Mahipal emerge winners
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, August 23
Sneh Lata in the girls section and Mahipal in the boys section emerged winners in the senior events of the Rajiv Gandhi Marathon Run organised by the National Sports Club of India (NSCI), here. Atish Kumar won the junior boys title. Over 15000 school children participated in the races.

MCD School, Sonia Vihar swept the titles as the boys and girls from the school displayed their distance running prowess to beat back the challenge of participants from other schools of Delhi and neighbouring areas. Races were held in the 6 to 10 and 10 to 14 age groups.

NSCI president Subhash Chopra flagged off the races from the Ambedkar Stadium, which then passed through ITO and Mathura Road before culminating at the NSCI ground. A sum of Rs 80,000 was distributed among the winners as scholarships. In all, the best 400 finishers received cash incentives.

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Football coach reinstate
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, August 23
A senior football coach, Dalbir Singh Randhawa, was reinstated by Punjabi University here today. Dalbir Singh, who is working with the university’s Department of Physical Education and Sports, was recently acquitted in a TADA case. He was placed under suspension after it was alleged that he was one of the accused in the murder of former Excise Commissioner A.K. Mishra, who was gunned down by terrorists in 1992 in Patiala. However, now that Dalbir Singh has been acquitted, the university authorities have revoked his suspension and have asked him to rejoin duty.

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COUNTRY

GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
United States 23 25 17 65
China 23 15 12 50
Japan 15 8 8 31
Australia 13 9 13 35
France 9 7 9 25
Germany 8 10 11 29
Romania 8 4 4 16
Ukraine 8 2 5 15
Great Britain 7 8 7 22
Italy 7 6 7 20
Russia 6 16 19 41
Korea 6 10 5 21
Greece 5 2 2 9
Hungary 4 4 2 10
Netherlands 3 6 8 17
Sweden 3 0 1 4
Turkey 3 0 1 4
Belarus 2 3 6 11
Poland 2 2 3 7
Slovakia 2 2 1 5
Bulgaria 2 1 5 8
Ethiopia 2 1 1 4
Georgia 2 1 0 3
Thailand 2 0 2 4
Chile 2 0 1 3
New Zealand 2 0 0 2
Norway 2 0 0 2
Spain 1 6 3 10
Canada 1 3 1 5
Cuba 1 1 6 8
Indonesia 1 1 2 4
South Africa 1 1 2 4
Zimbabwe 1 1 1 3
Denmark 1 0 5 6
Belgium 1 0 2 3
Brazil 1 0 2 3
Switzerland 1 0 1 2
Cameroon 1 0 0 1
U Arab Emirates 1 0 0 1
Austria 0 4 1 5
Czech Republic 0 3 3 6
DPR Korea 0 3 1 4
Croatia 0 2 2 4
Kenya 0 2 0 2
Lithuania 0 2 0 2
Portugal 0 2 0 2
Slovenia 0 1 3 4
Chinese Taipei 0 1 1 2
Estonia 0 1 1 2
Finland 0 1 0 1
Hong Kong 0 1 0 1
India 0 1 0 1
Kazakhstan 0 1 0 1
Latvia 0 1 0 1
Morocco 0 1 0 1
Serbia/Monteneg 0 1 0 1
Argentina 0 0 2 2
Azerbaijan 0 0 2 2
Colombia 0 0 1 1
Eritrea 0 0 1 1
Israel 0 0 1 1
Jamaica 0 0 1 1
Mongolia 0 0 1 1
Trinidad/Tobago 0 0 1 1
Venezuela 0 0 1 1

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