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Shorts: Para-canoeist Prachi Yadav bags bronze at WC

Last updated on: May 30, 2022 00:01 IST
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India's para-canoeist Prachi Yadav with her bronze medal at the Paracanoe World Cup at Poznan, Poland

IMAGE: India's para-canoeist Prachi Yadav with her bronze medal at the Paracanoe World Cup at Poznan, Poland. Photograph: Indian Paralympics/Twitter

Para-canoeist Prachi Yadav created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch a bronze medal in women's VL2 200m event at the Paracanoe World Cup at Poznan, Poland.

 

Prachi bagged the bronze with a timing of 1:04.71 seconds behind silver medallist Brianna Hennessy of Canada (1:01.58s) and gold medallist Susan Seipel of Australia (1:01.54s).

It is India's best-ever performance in the event which started on May 26 and will end on Sunday.

In other India-related news, Manish Kaurav (KL3 men 200m) and Manjeet Singh (VL2 men 200m) made it to the finals of their respective events for the first time in the history of the tournament.

Jaideep qualified for the semi-finals of VL3 men's 200m event but could not progress further.

Manisha Ramadass wins twin gold medals at Fazza Dubai Para Badminton

Manisha Ramadass claimed two gold medals, while Paralympic champion Pramod Bhagat also secured the yellow metal at the 4th Fazza Dubai Para Badminton International in Dubai on Sunday.

In the women's SU5 category, Manisha defeated Japan's Akiko Sugino 21-17, 21-11 and then combined with Mandeep Kaur to outwit Thailand's Nipada Saensupa and Chanida Srinavakul 21-9, 21-13 in just 21 minutes.   

In the men's singles SL3, Bhagat, who won two gold medals at the recent Bahrain 2022 International, defeated compatriot Nitish Kumar 19-21, 21-17, 21-17 to emerge victories.

"I am very happy to keep the winning momentum in singles, but unfortunately, we fell short in mixed doubles. This win will boost my preparation and training for Canada International," the 33-year-old Bhagat said.

"Manisha is really a good emerging player in SU5 and I am sure we will deliver good results in future," Bhagat added.

Manasi Joshi also claimed gold in SL3, beating fellow Indian Mandeep Kaur 16-21, 24-22, 21-14 in 43 minutes.

Indian boxer Sabari Jaishankar wins WBC Australasia Pro title

Indian pro boxer Sabari Jaishankar beat Australian champion Michael Pengue to lift the World Boxing Council's Australasia Title in the Welterweight division in Sydney.

Pengue was the favourite to win the fight and was coming into this event with 2 consecutive wins in his last 2 outings.

Pengue had won the WBC Australasia title in December, 2021, by a 10 round points decision over compatriot Jorge Kapeen.

Tamil Nadu boxer Sabari had won the WBC India title in December, 2021, via a 8 round Split Decision victory over Akashdeep Singh in Hyderabad.

On Saturday night, Sabari oozed confidence right from the first bell and was clearly out-punching Pengue in every round. By the eighth round, the Australian was exhausted and was knocked out by Sabari with the clock stopped at 2 minutes and 11 seconds.

At the time of stoppage, Sabari, was way ahead on the score-sheet with 2 out of the 3 judges assigned by the World Boxing Council and Australian Boxing commission, assessing in the Indian's favour.

Rudrankksh finishes seventh at Baku Shooting World Cup

India's Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil finished seventh in the men's 10m air rifle competition at the ISSF Combined World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday.

The 18-year-old Junior World Championship silver medallist had made the top eight stage on Saturday, finishing fourth in qualification.

Serbia's Lazar Kovacevic won gold, Croatian Miran Maricic silver and Kazakh Islam Usseinov won bronze.

Rudrankksh shot 153.7 in the ranking round to bow out first along with Poland's Maciej Kowalewicz.

Miran topped the round with 261.8 while Lazar was second with 260.9. The final was close affair till the Serb prevailed 16-14 over the Croat.

Indian team has fielded a 12-member rifle only squad in this World Cup.

Shuttler Toshniwal loses in Austrian Open International series semi-finals

India's Smit Toshniwal suffered a straight-game loss in the women's singles semi-finals after an impressive week at the Austrian Open International series in Graz on Sunday.

 Sixth seed Toshniwal, who had reached the finals of Odisha Super 100 and Slovenia International, lost 13-21, 11-21 to top seed Wen Chi Hsu of Chinese Taipei in 28 minutes.

The 21-year-old from Nasik, who trains at Chetan Anand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, had defeated compatriot Keyura Mopati in the quarterfinals.

In the earlier rounds, she had beaten Indonesia's Mutiara Ayu Pusapitasari and England's Estelle Van Leeuwen.

Thompson-Herah, Bromell storm to 100m wins at Pre Classic

Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah wins the women's 100m in 10.45 during the 47th Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA, on Saturday.

IMAGE: Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah wins the women's 100m in 10.45 during the 47th Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA, on Saturday. Photograph: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah triumphed in a 100 metres showdown with American Sha'Carri Richardson and Trayvon Bromell won the men's sprint at Saturday's Prefontaine Classic.

Down for most of the race at Hayward Field, Thompson-Herah exploded down the stretch to retain her Eugene Diamond League meet title in 10.79 seconds, 0.13 ahead of Richardson.

"I'm excited, I crossed the line healthy, I didn't care about the time," said the Jamaican, who has been grappling with a shoulder injury and lingering Achilles issues.

"I'm getting into shape, I'm getting where I need to be."

Fellow Jamaican Shericka Jackson, who took bronze in the 100 metres in Tokyo, finished third.

The podium finish was a moment of sweet redemption for Richardson, who finished last in the event when she returned from serving a 30-day suspension in August.

On the men's side, Bromell exploded off the blocks and held his arms outstretched in celebration even before he broke the tape in 9.93 seconds, drawing on the roaring crowd as he led an American podium sweep.

Tokyo silver medallist Fred Kerley and world champion Christian Coleman finished second and third, respectively.

The meeting served as a dry run for July's world championships, which will be held in the United States for the first time at the recently renovated facility.

Making her 10th appearance at the Pre Classic, three-times Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won the 200 metres in 22.41 but said she had work to do ahead of Jamaica's national trials.

"I definitely have to go back and look if I was able to execute it technically what I wanted," she said.

Twice Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya won the 1,500 metres in a world-leading 3:52.59, while Tokyo winner Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico made light work of the women's 100 metres hurdles in 12.45 seconds.

Tokyo silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson of Britain broke away down the back stretch to hold off world bronze medallist Ajee Wilson in the 800 metres.

Ethiopian Berihu Aregawi brought the fans to their feet as he demolished the men's 5,000 metres field by 16 seconds in a world-leading 12:50.05.

Brazilian Olympic bronze medallist Alison dos Santos improved on his own world-leading time to win the men's 400 metres hurdles in 47.23.

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