SPORTS - 2017 MAY

May 1

Paddler Soumyajit Ghosh bags singles, doubles titles at Chile Open.
Indian top seed Soumyajit Ghosh beat compatriot Anthony Amalraj in the men's singles final at the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Chile Open table tennis tournament. Ghosh had a memorable outing in the Chilean capital as he partnered Amalraj to capture the doubles title as well.
Somyajit defeated Amalraj to become the third Indian to win a men's singles title at an ITTF Challenge Series or ITTF World Tour tournament while Amalraj became the fourth Indian to reach such a final.
Soumyajit and Amalraj later combined brilliantly to win the men's doubles title when the Indian pair accounted for the Bulgarian combine of Philipp Floritz and Romania's Hunor Szocs.

Rafael Nadal Clinches his 10th Barcelona Open Title.
Rafael Nadal won a record-extending 10th Barcelona Open title by defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria. Nadal collected his second clay court title in a row.
Nadal, who won the Monte Carlo Masters for a 10th time last week, romped to the title without dropping a set on the newly renamed Rafa Nadal court at the Real Tennis Club in Barcelona.
Nadal won in Barcelona between 2005-2009, 2011-2013 and now in the last two years.

May 2

ICC T20 rankings: India drop to No. 4 in ICC T20 Rankings.
India has dropped two places to slip to fourth position in the ICC Twenty20 International team rankings. India is now on 118 points, three behind second placed England and third placed Pakistan both of whom are on 121 points each.
England climbed up three places after gaining seven points but is still four points behind table-topper New Zealand.
South Africa lost two places to be at fifth spot after conceding six points, but is a point ahead of Australia. Australia has swapped places with reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions, the West Indies.

Mark Selby beats John Higgins to retain world title.
English professional snooker player Mark Selby won his third World Snooker Championship in four years after registering comeback victory against John Higgins.
The 33-year-old, who has been snooker's world number one for 116 straight weeks now, was 4-10 behind Higgins before registering a comeback to claim the Rs. 3.1 crore prize money.

May 3

Three Indian boxers reach Asian Boxing Championship semi-finals.
Indian boxers Shiva Thapa (60 kg), Sumit Sangwan (91 kg) and Amit Phangal (49 kg) entered the semi-finals of their weight categories at the Asian Boxing Championship.
The trio not only ensured podium finish for themselves, but also qualified for the World Championships to be held in Hamburg, Germany, from August 25 to September 3.
Sumit was the first Indian boxer to advance to the last-four stages when he thrashed third seed Fengkai Yu of China in the Light Heavyweight (91kg) quarter-finals.
Amit defeating fourth seed Cornelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia in the last-eight stage of the Light Flyweight (49 kg) category. Shiva defeated Chu-En Lai of Taiwan in the Lightweight (60 kg) quarter-finals.

Shooter Shapath Bharadwaj finishes 6th in double trap in World Cup Final.
Young Indian shooter Shapath Bharadwaj reached his maiden ISSF World Cup stage Final but eventually finished sixth in the men’s double trap event in Larnaka.
Meerut teenager Shapath reached his maiden final when he qualified on a shoot-off in fourth position out of the top six, raising hopes of India's first medal of the World Cup.
Italy's former world and European champion Danielle Di Spigno displayed a double trap master class, hitting 78 out of 80 targets en route claiming the gold in a Finals World Record performance.
Russia's Artem Nekrasov won the silver with a score of 72 while another Italian Davide Gasparini bagged the bronze with a finals score of 56.


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