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May 2nd Week 2015 Current Affairs
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1) Jitu Rai wins `Sportsperson of the Year` Award at TOISA.

  • Ace marksman Jitu Rai was declared the Sportsperson of the Year` at the Times of India Sports Awards in a glittering ceremony that was graced by the legendary Carl Lewis.
  • `Flying Sikh` Milkha Singh received the `Lifetime Achievement Award` from the `Olympian of the century` and Times Group MD Vineet Jain in a ceremony that was attended by the India`s sporting fraternity.
  • Besides Lewis and Milkha, prominent figures from the sporting world included former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, Olympic bronze medallists boxer MC Mary Kom, shuttler Saina Nehwal and CWG gold medallist squash player Dipika Pallikal.
About Jitu Rai:
  1. In the 2014 Asian Games held at Incheon in South Korea, Jitu won the gold medal in the 50 m pistol category. He also won a bronze in the men`s 10 m air pistol team event.
2) Sakshi, Lalita win bronze in Asian Wrestling Championship.
  • Sakshi Malik and Lalita bagged bronze medal in Women`s Freestyle 60kg and 55kg categories, respectively, even as Babita Kumari lost out on a third-place finish in 53kg division of the Senior Asian Wrestling Championship in Doha.
  • In a total of five rounds in the 60kg category, Sakshi won two of her bouts to claim the third position.
  • Lalita was defeated by North Korea`s Han Kum-ok 3-9 in the semifinal but she managed to settle for a bronze medal in the end in her category. 
3) Winners of 2015 Mutua Madrid Open.
Men’s singles Title:
  • Britain’s ace tennis player Andy Murray has won Mutua Madrid Open Men’s Singles Title. In the final match he defeated defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain. This is Andy Murray’s first Mutua Madrid Open title.
  • Women’s singles Title:
  • Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic has won Mutua Madrid Open Women’s Singles Title. In the final match she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.
Men’s doubles Title:
  • Rohan Bopanna (India) and Florin Mergea (Romania) pair won the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open Men’s doubles Title. In the final match, they defeated Marcin Matkowski (Poland) and Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) pair.
Women’s doubles Title:
  • Casey Dellacqua (Australia) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Russia) pair won the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open Women’s doubles Title. In the final match, they defeated Spanish pair Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro.
4) Indian Discus Thrower Vikas Gowda Wins Gold Medal In Jamaican International Invitation Meet.
  • Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda won the Gold medal in the Jamaican International Invitation meet in Kingston.
  • He came up with an effort of 65.14 metres to win his event. Chad Wright of Jamaica was second, while Jared Schuurmans of United States was third.
  • Another Gold came India’s way at the Sacramento State Open event in the United States. At the Hornet Stadium, national record holder Kamalpreet Singh won the men’s hammer throw event with an effort of 69.61 metres.

5) Vikas Gowda won gold at Jamaican International meet.

  • India discus thrower Vikas Gowda has won gold in the Jamaican International Invitation meet held at Kingston.
  • Chad Wright of Jamaica came second with an effort of 61.84m while Jared Schuurmans of United States was third with 61.62m.
About Vikas Gowda:
  1. Vikas Gowda is an Indian discus thrower and Shot putter.
  2. He is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the 2006 US NCAA National Champion in discus.
  3. His personal best throw is 66.90 meters which is also Indian national record in discus throw, achieved in 2013.
  4. His best moment came when he clinched the Gold for India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 63.64m, which made him the second Indian man to win athletics gold, 56 years after Milkha Singh, won the men`s 440 yards at the Cardiff 1958 Games.

6) Lee Alan Johnson named Head Coach of U-19 football team of India.

  • Lee Alan Johnson of England was named as the Head Coach of Under-19 football team of India. He was named by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
  • Besides, 34-year-old Johnson will also act as the Head Scout for the national side and will also perform the role of Assistant Coach of the senior team.
  • Prior to this, Johnson was working as the Technical Director of the Football Federation of Rwanda where he was also the Head Coach of the U-17 national team.
  • Johnson was also an FA Learning Tutor for the Football Association besides being the academy coach at Crystal Palace Football Club and Chelsea Football Club.
7) Tejaswini Sagar wins gold at Under-15 World School Chess Championship.
  • Tejaswini Sagar from India won under-15 category of World School Chess Championships in her first attempt.
  • In the ninth and final round played at Pattaya, Thailand she defeated Kavinya Miyuni Rajapaksa of Sri Lank to win gold medal. In this championship, she scored seven points out of nine by winning six, drawing two and losing one game.
  • Irina Barbayeva of Russia won the silver medal in this category. While, the top seed Nur Abidah Shanti of Indonesia won the bronze medal.
  • Apart from Tejaswini, Anand Nadar bagged the silver medal in under-15 open category while Saloni Sapole also won the silver in under-17 girls’ section for India in this World School Chess Championship.