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Sports Shorts: High jumper Tejaswin matches national record in US

Last updated on: February 24, 2019 13:56 IST
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Tejaswin, 20, is a gold medallist at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games besides winning a silver at the 2016 South Asian Games

IMAGE: Tejaswin, 20, is a gold medallist at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games besides winning a silver at the 2016 South Asian Games. Photograph: Tejaswin Ashwin/Twitter

India's Tejaswin Shankar won the men's high jump title at the Big12 collegiate athletic meet with a national record-equalling leap in Texas, USA.

Appearing for the Kansas State University, Tejaswin cleared a season best 2.28m in his final attempt to equal his national record set in the 22nd Federation Cup in Patiala last year.

However, Tejaswin's personal best is 2.29m, cleared in April last year at the Texas tech invite.


Tejaswin, thus, became the sixth Big12 high jump champion from Kansas State University and eight in the history of the collegiate meet.

"Another gr8 meet with a clutch final attempt jump to win the @Big12Conference title also equalling my Indian NR on its 1st anniversary! Chasing consistency which seems to be playing tag with me. But I'll get it soon as I am a 400m runner too!" the Indian tweeted.

Tejaswin, 20, is a gold medallist at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games besides winning a silver at the 2016 South Asian Games.

He rose to prominence when he broke Hari Shankar Roy's 12-year-old national record of 2.25 metres with a jump of 2.26 metres at the Junior National Championships in Coimbatore in 2016.

Woods hits career low with putting woes on consecutive holes in Mexico

Tiger Woods has won more major championships than anyone other than Jack Nicklaus but his putting went badly awry during the third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship on Saturday.

The American, in his first competitive appearance south of the border, sent murmurs of disbelief through the packed gallery when he four-putted at the 15th hole at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City.

It took him three attempts to get the ball into the hole on the 16th green and the PGA Tour confirmed that it was the first time he had put together such a poor display of putting on consecutive holes.

Woods had played 22,640 holes on the PGA Tour when he approached the 15th, where everything looked in order as he coaxed a birdie putt up to inside four feet.

His par putt lipped out, however, and trickled two feet away from the cup. Without marking his ball, Woods stroked his third putt, which also lipped out, and he walked off with a double-bogey.

His three-putt at the next, where he missed a five-footer, was not quite as dramatic but hardly less disappointing for one of the greatest talents to have played the game.

Despite the putting problems, the 14-times major champion shot a respectable one-under-par 70 to trail leader Dustin Johnson by 10 strokes heading into Sunday's final round.

Woods declined to speak to the media afterwards, something he has done only a handful of times over his career.

India assured of five medals at Iran boxing tourney

India were assured of five medals in the Makran Cup Boxing Tournament in Chabahar, Iran, after Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) and four others advanced to the semi-finals.

A former Asian Games bronze-medallist, Satish blanked Turkmenistan's Baky Toychyyev 5-0 to enter the last-four stage, where he will square off against Eeman Ramzan.

Others who entered the semi-finals were Manjeet Singh Panghal (75kg), Sanjeet (91kg), Lalit Prasad (52kg) and Deepak (49kg).

Manjeet defeated Iraq's Ameer Mohaisen 5-0 to enter the semi-finals, while Sanjeet (91kg), the gold-medallist from last year's India Open, got the better of Hungary's Adam Hamori.

Lalit Prasad (52kg), the reigning national champion, had no trouble going past Mahdi Habibi 5-0. Deepak, on the other hand, beat Beigi Mir.

Brijbhushan elected WFI president for third time

Brijbhushan Sharan Singh was on Sunday elected unopposed as the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for a third time.

Brijbhushan and all other office bearers were elected unopposed and will serve WFI for a three-year term, a statement from the national federation said.

The elections were conducted by Returning Officer, Justice R B Misra, a retired judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

I D Nanavati has been elected as the senior vice president while V N Prasood will continue to be the secretary general and Satyapal Singh Deshwal the treasurer.

Elected office bearers of WFI:

President: Brijbhushan Sharan Singh

Senior Vice President: I D Nanavati

Secretary General: V N Prasood

Treasurer: Satyapal Singh Deshwal,   

Vice President: Asit Kumar Saha, Hamza Bin Omer, N Phoni, N Khalo, R K Hooda, Bhola Nath Singh, Karan Bhushan Singh, B S Langde.

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