Cricket lovers were hooked on to the Indian Premier League for the past one and a half months which ended in a grand style with Mumbai Indians clinching its fourth title. The ICC Cricket World Cup will be the next big thing in international cricket. But the fact is, we overlooked other sporting events India featured during the past two months.
With the Tokyo Olympics, just more than a year left to kick-off, it is time that we back our athletes ahead of the mega event in Japan.
Let us have a look at 51 moments you might have missed during the 2019 IPL:
1. Archana Kamath second best in Muscat; clinches Silver at Oman Open
Archana Girish Kamath wins Silver (U21 Women Singles) at Oman Open, ITTF Challenge Plus event. She went down to Satsuki Odo (Japan) 7-11, 811, 6-11. The reigning national champion admitted that it was a very difficult final and that the Japanese used her potent backhand to great effect to emerge victoriously. The top-seed—who was playing her first major tournament after winning the national championship in January this year—said she was happy with the result and took a lot of positives back home. On her way to the final, Kamath had defeated the No.3 seed, Maria Tailakova of Russia in the semi-finals and downed Singapore’s Rui Xuan Goi in the quarters.
2. Divya Kakran silences home crowd with Gold in Asian U-23 Championship
Divya Kakran wins Gold in 68kg at the Asian U-23 Wrestling Championship. She defeated Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan (Mongolia) 10-6.
3. Naina adds to India’s medal tally, bags Gold in Asian U-23 Championship.
Naina wins Gold in 72kg at the Asian U-23 Wrestling Championship. She defeats Alexandra Zaitseva (Kazakhstan) 4-2 and Tsogzolmaa Dorjsuren (Mongolia) 8-6.
4. Khade wins two bronze medals in Singapore
Virdhawal Khade made up for his disappointing fifth-place finish in the men’s 100m freestyle category by clinching two bronze medals. He won two bronze medals in 50m butterfly (24.60) and 50m freestyle (23.10) respectively at the Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championship.
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) March 25, 2019
He was up against Olympic champion, Joseph Schooling in the butterfly event, who eventually finished on top with a gold medal. Kadhe, an Arjuna awardee, had won Gold in the men’s 50m freestyle event last year at the same Championship.
5. Centenarian Man Kaur finishes with 3 Golds at World Masters
Centenarian Man Kaur is showing no signs of slowing down. Yet again, she has proven that age is just a number by winning 3 Golds at the World Masters Athletics Championship. The 103-year-old athlete secured the top prize in Shot Put with a throw of 2.13 metres. She also clinched gold medals in the Javelin Throw and 60-metre Sprint events respectively.
#Athletics | ?? 1️⃣0️⃣3️⃣-year-old Man Kaur clinched the gold medal ? in the shot put event in the World Masters Athletics Meet in Torun, Poland.
Earlier, Kaur has won the gold medal in the 200m race at the World Masters last year. pic.twitter.com/DzRLK0ac5P
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) March 26, 2019
6. Muskan Kirar successfully defends Gold at Asia Cup
Muskan Kirar of India clinched Gold in the opening round of the women’s Compound final event at the Bangkok Archery Asia Cup for a second consecutive year. She successfully defended her stage-1 gold medal by defeating Salleh Fatin Nurfatehah (Malaysia) in a tightly contested final. The 18-year-old shot 147/150 points in the 15-arrow 50-metre gold medal match to bag the contest 147-142. Kirar was also part of the women’s compound team with Priya Gurjar and Sanchita Tiwari, that finished second with a silver in their event.
7. Gold for India in Men’s Compound Team event
The team of Vikas, Siddhant Gupta and Vedant Wankhade clinched the gold medal in the men’s Compound Team final at the Bangkok Archery Asia Cup, stage-1. They defeated Iran 233-230. This victory helped Indian top the medal tally after the first stage (Three Golds and two silver and bronze medals). Kazakhstan finished third in the event. The first stage of the Asia Cup took place between March 25-30.
8. Srikanth settles for Silver in India Open
Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth finished runner-up in India Open, a BWF Super 500 event. He went down in 7-21, 20-22 in straight sets to Viktor Axelson of Denmark. This was Srikanth’s first final since French Open 2017 and he fell just short of his bid to end long title drought. The former world no.1 had two game points in the second game, but top-seed Axelson got the better of him to lift yet another title.
9. A Bangkok trip to remember for the Indian Rowing team
The Indian Rowing team had an extremely successful campaign at the 2019 Asian Indoor Rowing Championships. Indian clinched a total of 13 medals, which included a record seven gold, five silvers and a bronze. Moreover, Indian rowers shattered two records.
#Rowing | India finishes with an impressive tally of 13 medals (7G, 5S, 1B) at the Asian Indoor Rowing Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Congratulations to all. pic.twitter.com/VlyIgfjFuA
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) April 1, 2019
Parminder Singh clocked 6.12 seconds in the 2000m men’s single scull event to set a new record and also clinch a gold medal. Singh continued his impressive run by setting another record on his way to Gold, this time with his teammate, Balwinder Singh in the double scull event. Last year, our rowers had only managed to bag one gold, four silver and seven bronze medals.
10. India grabs silver in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Indian Men’s Hockey Team wins silver in the 2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. They went down to South Korea 4-2 in the Penalty shootout after being tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time. World no.5 India took the lead through Simranjit Singh’s, but the Koreans were quick to bounce back and equalize. A stern defensive display saw the 17th-ranked team take Indian to the decisive shootout. Five-time champions were the favourites to win to lift the cup, but they succumbed to another defeat in the shootout.
11. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran defeats World No. 14
Sathiyan Gnanasekeran Qualifies for World Cup with his 6th place finish in Asia Cup. The paddler produced one of his greatest performances during the tournament having defeated the World No. 14 Chung Ting Wang of Hong Kong. But he faltered against the 17-year old Lin Yun Ju of Chinese Taipei in the later on and eventually finished at the 6th place. But he managed to qualify for the World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Chengdu, China later this year from October 18 to 20.
12. Chess: World No. 1 in under-14 girls’ section
Divya Deshmukh becomes the World’s no. 1 chess player in the under-14 girls’ section. Her 2492 Elo rating also places her at No. 3 among Indian women and also the second Indian to reach the top spot in the rankings. The first Indian player to make it past the 2400 Elo rating was the 14-year old Koneru Humpy who achieved the feat back in October 2001, she was also the youngest complete the feat. Within a year, Humpy also became the World’s youngest grandmaster.
#Chess | At 13, Divya Deshmukh is World No.1⃣
Divya is now World no.1 in the under 14 section. Her 2432 Elo rating also places her at No.3 among Indian women (ahead of her the experienced 31-year-old Humpy and 28-year-old Harika Dronavali) pic.twitter.com/BvxnEGHCwP
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) April 3, 2019
13. Para-shuttlers win 9 medals in Dubai
Indian Parabadminton Team wins 9 Medals in Dubai Fazza International Tournament. Pramod Bhagat, Parul Parmar, Krishna Nagar, Krishna Nagar/Raja Magotrawin win Gold Manasi Joshi, Tarun, Rakesh Pandey/Rajkumar win Silver and Sukant Kadam, Nitesh Kumar/Tarun win Bronze.
14. Kushagra Rawat secures B-cut for World Swimming Championships
Kushagra Rawat wins gold in 800m Freestyle (8:07.99) in Thailand Age Group Championship. He also achieved B-cut for World Championship 2019 and Tokyo Olympics 2020. Not only in that category but he also B standard for the World Championships in the 400m category with a timing of 03:56:10.
15. Indian Youth shine in Asian Chess Championships
Indian Youth Chess Team won 8 medals at the Asian Youth Championship. Sreeshwan Maralashikari, Moksh Amit Doshi wins gold; Mayank Chakraborty, Mahendra Teja Mekala, Sankalp Gupta, Harshini win Silver and Jaivardhan Raj, Mitrabha Guha win Bronze.
16. Harsheel Dani wins Dutch International
Harsheel Dani won Dutch International, a BWF Challenger event. He defeats Mads Christopherson (Denmark) 15-21,21-12,21-13. The Indian was trailing by a game but made an exceptional comeback to clinch the silverware. With the win, he jumped 22 places in the World rankings at the 89th spot.
17. Ankita Raina comes second in Istanbul
Ankita Raina finishes second best in Lale Cup, an ITF 60k $ Event. She goes down to Vitalia Diatchnko (Russia) 4-6,0-6. In the semifinal, she had defeated Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic) 6-4, 7-6. The Ahmedabad-born Tennis player who hails from a middle-class Kashmiri family started playing since she was five years old and is now the top-ranked Indian player.
#IndianTennis | Ankita Raina through to the finals!@ankita_champ defeated second seed Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in the semifinals. She will face top seed Vitalia Diatchenko in the finals later today at the $60,000 #ITF tournament in Istanbul. pic.twitter.com/yk192sYGN5
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) April 14, 2019
18. Boxer Meena Kumari wins gold in Germany
Meena Kumari wins gold in the 54kg category at the Cologne Boxing World Cup. She defeats Machai Bunyanut (Thailand) on points. She is a former Asian champion, claiming the top podium finish in the 2014 edition. Meena is also a three-time national champion.
19. New u-18 national record in Javelin Throw
Rohit Yadav creates new U18 National Record in Javelin Throw with 81.75m at the National Javelin Throw Open Championship. The previous record of 79.29m was set by Mohammed Hadeesh Apia back in September 2015.
20. New Youth World Record by Jeremy
Jeremy Lalrinnunga lifts 134kg in Snatch and 163kg in Clean & Jerk for a Total of 297kg in B category of Asian Weightlifting Championship to set a new Youth World Record in all three (Snatch, C&J, Total).
21. Prajnesh breaks into the top 80 of the world
Prajnesh Gunneswaran finishes as runners-up in Kunming Open, an ATP Challenger event. He goes down to Jay Clarke (Britain) 4-6,3-6. The helped the Indian to break into the top 80 of the world rankings and reach the 75th spot. Prajnesh has already secured his place in the main draw in the upcoming French Open and also the Wimbledon later this season.
22. Gomathi Marimuthu scripts the biggest success story
Gomathi Marimuthu win Gold in 800m (2:02.70) at the Asian Athletics Championship. Hailing from a family of farmers, she started her career as a professional runner at the age of 20. It took her ten long years to establish herself at the international stage, hope she continues to make our nation proud in the future days.
"Almost decided to quit"
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) April 27, 2019
23. Tejinderpal Singh Toor wins shotput gold in Doha
Tejinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shotput (20.22m) at the Asian Athletics Championship, in Doha. The Indian athlete secured the gold medal with a first-round throw of 20.22, which was his best this season. The outdoor national record holder also won the gold medal in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. Even though he started playing cricket, Tejinder shifted to shotput after his father advised him to do so.
24. PU Chitra returns in Doha and comes first in 1500m
PU Chitra wins gold in 1500m (4:14.56) at the Asian Athletics Championship. She secured the pole position with a timing of 4 minutes and 14.56 seconds. The athlete was out of action for several months after her bronze medal wins at the Asian Games last year, but he made a strong comeback at the mega event in Doha.
25. Bajrang Punia is the best in the world in 65 kg category
Bajrang Punia wins the gold in 65 kg at the Asian Wrestling Championship. He defeats Sayatbek Okassov(Kazakhstan) 12-7. During the title match, the Indian was put under pressure from his opponent, but the former managed to overturn a huge deficit and eventually clinch the gold medal at the championships. The wrestler has been excellent since the past year, having grabbed the gold medals in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and also in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.
Bajrang Punia has won 9 gold in his last 12 tournaments and has medalled 14 times in his last 15 tournaments.
Can there be a record better than this? https://t.co/hLRbsRYK4t
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) May 3, 2019
26. Amit brings more success from Asian Boxing Championships
Amit Panghal wins gold in 52 kg at the Asian Boxing Championship. He defeats Kim Inkyu (Korea) by unanimous decision. This was his maiden International win since he moved up to 52 kg category from his earlier 49 kg slab. He previously won the silver medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Game and the Gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games, but that was in the 49 kg category.
27. Pooja Rani wins in Asian Boxing Championships too
Pooja Rani wins gold in 81 kg at the Asian Boxing Championship. She defeats Wang Lina (China) in a split decision. The Haryana-born took up boxing against the wishes of his father, her first major achievement was the silver medal win in the Asian Championships back in 2012. She followed it up with a bronze medal win at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. The Asian title win in Bangkok will give her a boost for the upcoming days.
28. Pankaj Advani wins again, this time in Asia
Pankaj Advani wins gold at the Asian Snooker Tour. He defeats Ehsan Heydari Nezhad (Iran) 6-4. The 21-time world snooker and billiards winner edged past his opponent with scores of 52-40, 66 (58)-0, 1-63(62), 78-4, 35-47, 0-51, 47-35, 38-39, in the final. This was the inaugural season of the Asian Snooker Tour.
29. Gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team at Shooting World Cup
Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary won gold in 10m Pistol Mixed Team at the ISSF World Cup Beijing. They defeat Ranxin Jiang and Wie Pang(China) in a gold medal match. The dup had previously won the Gold medal in the same event in New Delhi during the World Cup earlier, they followed it up with yet another inspiring display in Beijing.
30. ..and Gold in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team at Shooting World Cup
Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil win gold in 10m Rifle Mixed Team at the ISSF World cup Beijing. They defeat Ruxuan Liu and Haoran Yang (China) in a gold medal match. Anjum has been in the shooting circuit for quite some time now, having won a silver medal at 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, while it was a big achievement for Divyansh Singh Pawar.
31. Shooter Divyansh Panwar earns Olympic quota
Divyansh Singh Panwar wins silver in 10m Rifle with 249.0 in final at the ISSF World Cup Beijing. He became the 4th shooter to earn quota for Tokyo Olympics 2020. This was Divyansh’s second senior World Cup appearance after making his debut in the New Delhi edition earlier this year.
? OLYMPIC QUOTA & MEDAL ?
2⃣nd Medal for Young Divyansh Singh Panwar in this #ISSFWorldCup Beijing, he wins the silver medal in the 10m Air Rifle Men finals and becomes fourth Indian shooter to earn quota for Olympics #Tokyo2020. pic.twitter.com/I0nsQqF14d
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) April 26, 2019
32. Abhishek Verma wins the ticket to Tokyo next year
Abhishek Verma struck gold in the 10m Pistol with a score of 242.7 in final at the ISSF World Cup Beijing. He became the 5th shooter to earn quota for Tokyo Olympics 2020. The shooter previously won the Bronze medal in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, he notched up his level in the World Cup. Hopefully, he brings back a medal from Tokyo next year!
33. Mahesh Mangaonkar falls short of Irish Open title
Mahesh Mangaonkar finishes as the runner up in the Irish Open, a PSA Challenger event. He goes down to Campbell Grayson (New Zealander) 6-11,8-11,7-11. The main highlight of the squash player was when he won the Gold medal in the team event in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
34. Aarush Dolas makes merry at world school meet
Aarush Dolas wins gold in the U-7 category at World School Chess Championship, in Antalya, Turkey. A total of 392 players from 33 different nations faced off each other in gae categories of U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17. The Indian prodigy scored a phenomenal 8.0/9 rating in the U7 category to claim the highest position.
35. Rajiv Sethu creates history with the wheels
Rajiv Sethu finished at the 10th in the Australia round of Asia Road Racing Championship. With this result, he became the 1st Indian rider to finish inside the top 10 in this tournament. In what was a topsy-turvy race, the Indian, although was on the back foot for a few times, managed to finished at the 10th spot at the end.
36. 27 medals in Uganda by our shuttlers
The Indian Parabadminton team won 27 Medals in Uganda International Tournament with 11 gold,8 silver and 8 bronze.
37. Niranjan Mukundan qualifies for World Championships
Niranjan Mukundan wins gold and Silver in 200m Individual Medley and 50m Butterfly respectively in Para-Swimming World Series in Brazil. He qualifies for World Championship 2019 and also achieved B Cut for Tokyo Paralympics 2020.
38. Chennai Spartans make the nation proud
Indian Volleyball Club Chennai Spartans finish 4th at the Asian Men’s Club Championship after going down to Qatar’s Al Rayyan Club in the Bronze medal match. Chennai is the first Indian club to have reached the semifinals in the championship history.
39. Indian Para Cycling Team wins three medals in Asia
Indian Paracycling Team wins 3 medals at the Asian Paracycling Championship Divij Shah win Silver and Gurlal Singh, Sudhakar Marathe win Bronze. This was the highest ever medals tally by an Indian contingent at any International para-cycling tournament.
40. Bajrang Punia’s dream run continues
Bajrang Punia wins Gold in 65kg at Ali Aliyev International tournament. He defeats against Viktor Rassadin(Russia) by 13-8. The Indian was down by 0-5 in the first stage but came back strongly in the bout to claim his second title in a span of two weeks.
41. Saurav Ghosal claims maiden Asian title
Saurav Ghoshal wins gold in men singles at the Asian Individual Squash Championships. He defeated Leo Au Chun Ming (Hong Kong) 11-9, 11-2, 11-8. Top-seeded and finalist in the previous edition Saurav Ghosal claimed the top spot in the men’s event. Saurav who won the Asian Championships for the first time, even though he was in touching distance in the past.
42. Joshna Chinappa makes it two for India
Joshna Chinappa wins gold in women singles at the Asian Individual Squash Championships. she defeats Annie Au (Hong Kong) 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6. Joshna had lost a few matches to Annie before this, but she made sure that it was her day. The last time she won against Annie was back in September 2017 during the Hong Kong International Open.
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) May 6, 2019
43. Indian Men boxing team bags 6 medals
Indian Men Boxing Team wins 6 medals at Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament. Gaurav Solanki, Manish Kaushik win Gold; Hussamuddin win Silver and Sanjeet, Mandeep Jangra, Ankit Khatana win Bronze.
44. Swayam Mishra becomes a grandmaster
Swayam Mishra becomes India’s 62nd grandmaster. He achieves his 3rd and final GM norm at the Polonia Wrocklaw GM Norm Tournament, which was held in Poland’s Wroclaw between 28th April and 5th May 2019.
45. Indian shuttlers victorious in Brazil
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty win Brazil International, a BWF Challenger event. They defeated Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling (Netherlands) 21-14,21-18. They clinched the tournament without dropping a set and inched closer to a 2020 Tokyo Olympics berth.
46. Indian footballer scores the fastest goal
India international Footballer Anju Tamang scores the fastest goal in the Indian Women’s League history. Playing for Gokulam Kerala FC finds the back of the net in the 14th second against Central SSB (Bengal) during Indian Women’s League match.
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) May 15, 2019
47. Divij Sharan falls short of ATP title
Indian Tennis with partner Marcelo Demoliner (Brazil) finish men doubles Runner up at BMW Open, an ATP 250 event. They went down to Frederik Nielson(Denmark) and Tim Putz(Germany) 4-6,2-6. The Indo-Brazilian pair earned a total of 150 points and also a prize money of 15200 Euros.
48. Team South India wins Street Child Cricket World Cup
Team South India beat team England to win the first ever Street Child Cricket World Cup. They scored 47 runs against opponent 42 runs. The teams participating in the tournament were Bangladesh, England, Congo, Mauritius, Nepal, West Indies and Tanzania. While India was represented by two teams – India North and South India. The format of the Street Child Cricket World Cup involved six-member teams playing off against each other in a twenty-ball match. The squad consisted of eight members, with equal representations of boys and girls aged between 14 and 17.
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) May 8, 2019
49. Tejaswin Shankar jumps to glory
Tejaswin Shankar wins gold in men High Jump (2.26m) at Big 12 Conference Outdoor event at the collegiate Athletic Meet representing Kansas State University. The athlete played cricket until the eighth standard before his physical education training advised him to shift to high jump.
50. Jehan Daruvala wins Spanish F1 Grand Prix
Jehan Daruvala wins the inaugural Round of the all-new FIA Formula 3 Championship at the Spanish F1 Grand Prix. The driver from team Prema scripted victory after a consistent performance in the second race in Barcelona, making a back to back win for the team after his teammate Robert Schwartzman won the race in the previous day.
51. Indian parabadminton team makes its mark in Canada
Indian parabadminton Team wins 8 Medals in Canada International Tournament. Paul Parmar, Tarun, Raj Kumar/Rakesh Pandey win Gold; Pramod Bhagat/Manoj Sarkar, Manasi Joshi win Silver and Sukant Kadam, Manasi Joshi, Pramod Bhagat, Tarun win Bronze.