SPORTS - 2019 APRIL

April 29

Divij Shah clinched silver go
Indian Para-athletes secured a silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Road Para-cycling championships at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Divij Shah clinched silver while Asian Para Games bronze medalist Curlal Singh and Hand cyclist Sudhakar Marathe claimed bronze again.
Abhishek secured gold medal
In shooting, Abhishek Verma secured India's fifth Olympic quota place by winning the 10m air pistol gold medal at the ISSF World Cup at Beijing, China.

April 28

Asian Wrestling Championships
Wrestlers of India finished Asian Wrestling Championships tournament held in Xian, China with a total of 16 medals. This included eight (one gold, three silver and   four bronze) medals won by men’s freestyle wrestlers, four bronze by women and three silver and one bronze by Greco-Roman wrestlers.  Greco-Roman style results in an emphasis on throws because a  wrestler  cannot use trips to take an opponent to the ground, or avoid throws by hooking or grabbing the opponent's leg.

April 26

ISSF World Cup
In Shooting, India opened its medal account with Air Pistol Mixed team events on the third day of ISSF World Cup in Beijing.
Asian Boxing Championships
For Amit Panghal and Kavinder Singh Bisht it is the second successive international gold medals this year in Asian Boxing Championships.

April 25

Asian Boxing Championships
India bagged one gold and two silver medals at the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok in Wrestling,
In the women's competition of the Asian Championships in Xi'an, China on India's Divya Kakran and Manju Kumari bagged bronze medals for the country.

April 24

Bajrang Punia wins Gold in Asian Wrestling Championship
World number one Bajrang Punia reclaimed the gold medal in the Asian Championship crown. He defeated Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov in 65 kg men's freestyle final.
It is Bajrang’s second gold at this championship, having won one in 2017.
India clinched one gold medal, one silver medal and bronze at the Asian Wrestling Championship in China's Xian.

April 23

India bag four medals on final day in Asian Athletics C’hips
On the final day of the Asian Athletics Championships at Doha in Qatar India bagged four medals, including a Gold medal.
P.U. Chitra smartly went on to retain her women’s 1500m gold in the Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa Stadium. She successfully defended her Women's 1,500 metres Gold she had won in 2017.
Ajay Kumar Saroj in Men's 1,500 metres and the Women's 4x400 metres relay team clinched a silver medal each.
Dutee Chand, a Sprinter won and added a bronze in Women's 200 metres race.
India ended at the fourth spot in the medals tally with 3 Gold, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze. Bahrain topped the table with 11 Gold, 7 Silver and 4 Bronze. China was second with 10 Gold, 13 Silver and 7 Bronze, while Japan was third with 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 9 Bronze.

April 22

Santosh Trophy tournament is held every year with 31 teams divided into groups that qualify for the tournament through the preliminary round.
The tournament is named after the president of the Indian Football Association at the time, Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh which was started in 1941.
The Services have lifted the Santosh Trophy, beating Punjab 1-nil in the final at Ludhiana.
Punjab defeated Goa 2-1 and Services had defeated Karnataka 4-3 in the semi finals with a penalty shootout. 
The Santosh Trophy is a football knock-out competition contested by the regional state associations and government institutions under the All India Football Federation (AIFF) which the Football governing body in India.

April 18

Cricketer Mithali Raj has been named as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian team for the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC).
She will join former captain Saurav Ganguly and IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals in supporting the team.
The tournament is being organised by Street Child United (SCU), a UK based organisation
SCCWC will provide a level playing field for street-connected children to be seen and their voices heard – inspiring their countries and communities to better protect, respect and support street children everywhere.

April 15

In tennis India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran achieved a career-high ranking of 80 in the latest ATP rankings.
The 29-year-old from Chennai, who broke into the top 100 in February this year.
He received a bronze medal in the Asian Games.

April 14

Ethiopian athletes Gelete Burka (women’s race) and Abrha Milaw (men’s race) won the 43rd edition of the Paris Marathon.
They led a record 60,000 participants to the finish line through the French capital.
Milaw won the men’s race with a time of 2 hours : 07 minutes and : 50 seconds.
Burka was the fastest woman with 2 hours : 22 minutes and : 48 seconds. Kenyan Paul Lonyangata, a two-time Paris Marathon winner, was the third-fastest man.
In the wheelchair race, Julien Casoli won for a third time. The fastest disabled racer put up a time of 1 hour : 36 minutes and : 57 seconds.
The Paris marathon is one of the world's most popular running events.
In motor racing, Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix for a record sixth time.
He seized the overall lead from his team mate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.
This was the 75th of Hamilton’s career, and second in a row after his triumph in Bahrain. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place. 
The Indian Cricket team for World Cup is announced
The team consists of : Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MSD (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Sham.

April 13

Tiger Woods seals fifth Masters title and 15th major
Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title to seal one of the greatest comeback stories in sport after overcoming career-threatening back problems.
The 43-year-old muscled his way through a tightly packed leaderboard to win by one shot at Augusta for his first major title in 11 years and first Masters win since 2005.
It completes a fairytale return for the most dominant player of his generation - and arguably the best ever - after enduring "dark times" through injury since 2014.
Woods underwent career-saving spine fusion surgery in 2017 and sealed an impressive comeback season last year with his first win for five years.
Meena Kumari Maisnam clinches gold in Boxing World Cup
Meena Kumari Maisnam continued her fine run to win gold in the 54 kg. This was the only bout of the tournament for the Manipur pugilist as she had been directly placed in the final due to a smaller draw. Reigning youth world champion Sakshi (57 kg) and India Open champion Pwilao Basumatary (64 kg) settled for the silver. Pinki Rani (51 kg) and Parveen ( 60 kg) won bronze.
India had sent a seven-member team to the tournament this time following a healthy haul of six medals from the erstwhile Chemistry Cup held at Halle city in central Germany last year.
India finished with 5 medals in the Boxing World Cup which concluded at Cologne, Germany.

April 11

Indian women's hockey team beat Malaysia to win series as 4-0
To complete a 4-0 win in the five-match bilateral series in Kuala Lumpur the Indian women's hockey team beat Malaysia by a solitary goal
It was Navjot Kaur's fine field goal and a good defensive display that helped Indian team to win.

April 9

Graham Reid Appointed as Indian Men's Hockey Team Coach
Reid's appointment till the end of 2020 was ratified after Hockey India received necessary clearance from the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Reid was part of the silver-medal winning Australian team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Indian men's hockey team with Captain: Manpreet Singh team had been without a chief coach since Harendra Singh was sacked after last year's World Cup.
Reid will be in charge of the team during their next international assignment - tour to Australia in May 2019.

April 8

Indian swimmer Kushagra Rawat has been qualified for 2020 Olympics, Tokyo.
After he achieved the B standard of the 800m freestyle event at the Speedo Thailand Age Group Championships in Bangkok he got this chance.
2020 Olympics will be hosted in city of Tokyo, Japan
Motto of 2020 Olympics is - Discover Tomorrow.
Israeli Isaak Hayik set a new world record as the world’s oldest person to play in a professional soccer match.
He is 73-year's old. The previous record holder was 53 years old Uruguayan Robert Carmona who has played a professional match in 2015.
Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan clinched the Malaysia Open 2019 title against countryman Chen Long
This is his first major title in two years.
The 2019 Malaysia Open, officially the CELCOM AXIATA Malaysia Open 2019, is a badminton tournament which takes place at Axiata Arena in Malaysia from 2 to 7 April 2019.
It has a total purse of $700,000 to offer to the Winners of the Tournament.

April 7

Praful patel elected as FIFA council member
Praful Patel is the current president of All India Football Federation (AIFF) a part of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) which is the governing body of association football.
His membership in the council will be for four years, from 2019 to 2023
FIFA Council member election was held during the 29th Asian Football Confederations (AFC) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

April 5

ESPN Multi-Sport awards 2018 recognised achievements across 11 categories.
Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra were named as female and male sportsperson of the year in the ESPN India Multi-Sport Awards for their achievements in 2018.
Saina Nehwal, 2012 London Olympics bronze medalist shuttler, won the award for the ‘Comeback of the Year’ after bagging the bronze at the 2018 Asian Games.
Lifetime Achievement Award - Pradip Kumar Banerjee (football).

Tata Steel wins the 'Global Slag Company of the Year' award at the 14th Global Slag Conference and Exhibition 2019
An award has been presented to Tata Steel for its innovative practices in development of new applications for Steel by-products.
The award was given at the 14th Global Slag Conference and Exhibition 2019, held recently in Aachen, Germany.
The conference is one of the largest global annual slag events, attended by major steelmakers, steel mill service providers & associated companies.

April 2

India retain test championship for third year in a row
India finished at the top of ICC Test team rankings on the cut-off date of April 1,2019.
India have also been awarded $1-million cash prize.
New Zealand, ranked second, won $500,000 prize money after finishing with 108 points.
South Africa finished 3rd with 105 points.
Nine Test nations will compete across 27 series and 71 Test matches to reach the ICC World Test Championship Final in 2021 where the World Test Champions will be crowned.

On the final day of the Asian Airgun Championships India finished with 16 gold, five silver and four bronze medals.
Indian shooters Munari, Chhau, Ghumara , claimed five gold medals on the final day of the Asian Airgun Championships
They signed off with a total of 25 medals in Taoyuan, Taipei.
For the next assignment, where the International Shooting Sport Federation Shotgun World Cup, the stage is set for Indian shooters Al Ain, the United Arab Emirates.

April 1

2019 India Open (Badminton)
The 2019 India Open, officially the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2019, was a badminton tournament which took place at K.D. Jadhav Indoor Hall in India from 26 to 31 March 2019 and had a total purse of $350,000.
The 2019 India Open was the eighth tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour and also part of the India Open championships, which had been held since 2008.
This tournament was organized by the Badminton Association of India with sanction from the BWF.
Indian Open Badminton 2019 Winners:

Event
Winner
Runner Up
Men’s Singles Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) Srikanth Kidambi (India)
Women’s Singles Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) He Bingjiao (China)
Men’s Doubles Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin (Chinese Taipei) Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Angga Pratama (Indonesia)
Women’s Doubles Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu (Indonesia) Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean (Malaysia)
Mixed Doubles Wang Yilü and Huang Dongping (China) Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Indonesia)

2019 Miami Open
2019 Miami open which was the 35th edition of Miami Open, held at Miami Gardens in Florida, USA from 18th March to 31st March 2019.
It was a part of Masters 1000 category of 2019 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour and Premier mandatory Category of 2019 WTA (Women Tennis Association) Tour.
Roger Federer won his 4th ATP Miami title in Men’s Single Category.
Complete list of winners:

Category
Winner
Runner Up
Men’s Single Roger Federer (Switzerland) John Isner (USA)
Women’s Single Ashleigh Barty (Australia) Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
Men’s Double Bob Bryan (USA) and Mike Bryan (USA) Wasley Koolhof (Netherlands) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
Women’s Doubles Elise Mertens (Belgium) and Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) Samantha Stosur (Australia) and Zhang Shuai (China)

Lewis Hamilton grabs Bahrain Grand Prix 2019
Lewis Hamilton, who was Five times world champion, grabbed the Bahrain Grand Prix 2019 title by beating Mercedes Valtteri Bottas of Finland who secured second position.
Charles Leclerc was finished with third position and became Ferrari’s youngest ever race winner at the age of 21.
The Bahrain Grand Prix is a Formula One Championship race in Bahrain which is sponsored by Gulf Air.

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