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Sports Shorts: India men's hockey team ends year on 6th

December 12, 2017 20:42 IST

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday

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IMAGE:  Indian players celebrate with goalkeeper Akash Chikte. Photograph: Hockey India/Twitter

The Indian men's and women's hockey teams remained static at sixth and 10th positions respectively in the latest rankings released by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).


The Indian men's team was at the sixth spot since the beginning of this year and maintained its position throughout 2017.

India's third place finish at the recently-concluded Men's Hockey World League (HWL) Final in Bhubaneswar though helped them reduce the gap with fifth place Germany significantly, they failed to topple them.
India now have 1566 points, while Germany have 1680.

Australian men's team reclaimed the top position from Argentina after posting a 2-1 win over the same opponents in the title clash of the HWL Final.

Ghosal in third round

India's Saurav Ghosal breezed past Ben Coleman of England 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 to move into the third round of the World Squash Championship being held at Manchester, England.

The national champion has a tough next round as he faces the second seed Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt, the current World number 4.

It was curtains in the first round for the two leading women stars, 14th seeded Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik.

Unseeded Egyptian Salma Hany beat Joshna 11-9, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9 while Dipika Pallikal went down fighting to 13th seed Olivia Blatchford of USA.

The American won 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 12-14, 11-8.

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