* Indian freestyle grapplers disappointed on the final day of the World Junior Wrestling Championships as they failed to go the past second round in Sofia,Bulgaria. Dinesh Kumar (66kg),Ajit Singh (84kg) and Surjeet (120kg),who won their opening bouts with relative ease,all lost to Azerbaijan opponents in the next contest of their respective weight categories to crash out of the competition. Devender Kumar,however,made it to the third round of the 55kg category before going down to Armenia’s Artak Hovhannisyan in a closely fought duel at Arena Armeetz. India finished at the 11th position in the freestyle team rankings with 14 points,which were dominated by Russian wrestlers (64) followed by Iran (52). Only,96kg grappler Satywart Kadian who won bronze,returned with a medal.
Gayakwad finishes seventh
* Ace Paralympic swimmer Sharath Gayakwad finished 14th in the 50m Freestyle finals at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal,Canada. Sharath,clocked 30.02 seconds at the event held on last day of the week-long Championships. He was India’s sole representative at the Swimming World Championships organised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC),had participated in 200m Individual Medley,100m Breastsroke,100m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle competitions. He began his campaign at Montreal with the 200m Individual Medley and finished 10th. He finished 7th in the 100m Breastsroke. After missing the 100m Butterfly,he was 14th in the 50m Freestyle .
Bolt for Zurich
* Organisers of Weltklasse say 19 world championships gold medalists will compete at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich next week. Usain Bolt leads a 100 meters lineup on Aug. 29 featuring the top six finishers in the worlds final at Moscow last week. High jump world champion Bohdan Bondarenko heads an entry that includes the top eight in Moscow. Ethiopian rivals Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba – the women’s world champions over 5,000 and 10,000,respectively – will race over 5,000. Weltklasse stages the first half of the season-ending Diamond League finals. Brussels hosts the remaining events Sept. 6 at the Van Damme Memorial meet.
Thomas award undeserved
* Former hurdler and Athletics Federation of India’s selection panel head G S Randhawa has protested the Dronacharya award to be conferred on K P Thomas and questioned the Keralite’s claims of mentoring stars like Anju Bobby George in a letter to the Sports Ministry. …the Athletics fraternity in India is surprised rather shocked to learn that K.P. Thomas is selected to receive Dronacharya Award this year. This year the Dronacharya Award will be given to a person who has never attended any National Coaching Camp or gone with the Indian athletes to take part in any major International Athletics Championships, he explained.
Kush wins gold at Youth Asiad
* Kush Kumar won India’s first gold medal at the second Asian Youth Games after defeating Malaysia’s Mohammad Syafiq Mohd Kamal in the men’s singles squash competition. Chennai-lad Kush won 11-9 5-11 11-9 11-7 against the Malaysian in the summit clash to cap off an impressive undefeated run in the quadrennial event. In table tennis,India’s Abhishek Yadav settled for a bronze medal after losing his semifinal clash against China’s Zhendong Fan 2-4 in the men’s singles competition. Yadav went down 4-11 13-11 13-11 4-11 8-11 5-11 in 44 minutes to his higher-ranked opponent. This is India’s fourth medal in the ongoing edition of the Games after M Kavita Devi and T Lalchhanhima had won a bronze each in girl’s judo and boy’s weightlifting category on the first day of the competition.