REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: India’s three equestrians, including ace rider Fouaad Mirza, have qualified for the Dressage and Eventing World Championships to be held in August and September. | Photo Credit: AFP
Touching a new high, India's three equestrians, including ace rider Fouaad Mirza, have qualified for the Dressage and Eventing World Championships to be held in August and September.
Anush Agarwalla and Shruti Vora will compete in the FEI Dressage World Championships, which is set to be held at Herning, Denmark from August 5 to 11.
Both are preparing for the championships in Germany.
Mirza will compete in FEI World Championship Eventing, which is scheduled to be held at Pratoni, Italy from September 10 to 12.
India's Eventing team had won a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
In 1982, Indian riders had won the country's first gold medals at the Asian games and finished with an astounding haul of three gold, one silver, and a bronze.
"The high cost associated with the sport had turned equestrian into a niche sport which made the growth and development painstakingly slow. But the efforts of the EFI despite various challenges, with complete support of Indian Army and the athletes has not been in vain," Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) Secretary General Colonel Jaiveer Singh said.
"Today, the level of competition in the country has evolved and Indian riders have achieved podium finishes in important world and regional competitions."
Tvesa joins Aditi and Diksha at Women’s Scottish Open
Indian golfer Tvesa Malik hopes her return to action after a short gap at the women's Scottish Open will end her none-too-good run this season on the Ladies European Tour.
Tvesa, who was in Top-20 of the LET Order of Merit last season, has been struggling to make cuts and finishing way down on the leaderboard this season.
Now she hopes her fortunes will turn as she tees up at the Dundonald Links in Troon as the Scottish summer of golf continues.
The other Indians in the field are Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar.
Aditi comes to Europe after numerous starts with modest results on the LPGA, while Diksha Dagar, after some moderate results, had Top-20 finishes in Amundi German Masters and Big Green Egg Open.
Aditi will play with Yealimi Noh of the US and Swiss golfer, Kim Metraux, while Tvesa plays with the 2019 Hero Women's Indian Open winner Christine Wolf, who is back after a four-month break from golf, and Allisen Corpusz of the US.
Diksha Dagar tees off in the company of Scot Hannah McCook and Lauren Stephenson of the US.
Vivaan in the lead after round four at Digvijay Singh shotgun championship
Vivaan Kapoor faltered a bit, but stayed in the lead with 97 after four rounds in two days of men’s trap in the Digvijay Singh shotgun championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabar, on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Vivaan shot rounds of 23 and 24, after having shot two perfect rounds on the opening day of the competition. Olympian Kynan Chenai was breathing down the neck with 96, following rounds of 23, 25, 25 and 23.
Rayyan Rizvi and Shardul Vihan folowed with 94, while Jasbir Singh, Shapath Bhardwaj and Prithviraj Tondaiman were on 93. Zoravar Singh was on 92 along with Lakshjeet Singh Sindhu, while Asian Games silver medallist Lakshay Sheoran had slipped to the 27th spot with 86.
In women’s trap, Manisha Keer jumped to the lead with 91, two points ahead of overnight leader Kirti Gupta. Rajeshwari Kumari had recovered with rounds of 24 to climb to the third spot with 88, the same as Preeti Rajak. Mahima Vishwakarma (87), Shreyasi Singh (86), Pragati Dubey (85), Sabeera Haris (84) along with Seema Tomar and Neeru (83) were trying to consolidate their chances of making it to the second stage of competition, which will be decided after one more round on Thursday.
Olympian Shagun Chowdhary slipped to the 23rd spot with 77, following rounds of 19 and 16 this day Vivaan Kapoor led in the junior men’s section, ahead of Shardul Vihan (94) and Shapath Bharadwaj (93).
In junior women’s section, Preeti Rajak led with 88, four points ahead of overnight leader Sabeera Haris.
Qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten 6-2, 7-5 by Ben Shelton in the first round of the $792,980 ATP tennis tournament in Atlanta.
The 27-year-old Ramkumar, ranked 229 in the world, who had made the qualifying draw as an alternate, won 12 ATP points for making the main draw and $7,600.
In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Nottingham, Ankita Raina made the quarterfinals, with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Gao Xinyu of China.
Siddharth Arya knocked out top seed VM Ranjeet 7-6(4), 7-5 in the men’s quarterfinals of the Rs. 5,00,000 AITA ranking tennis tournament at the Singha Sports Academy on Wednesday.
In the women’s section, Shimreen Ahamed, who had ousted top seed Yubarani Banerjee in the second round, beat Ishwari Matere 6-2, 6-3 to make the quarterfinals.
The intervention of rain curtailed play and some of the women’s pre-quarterfinal matches had not been completed.
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