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May 3rd Week 2015 Current Affairs
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1) Gagan Narang wins bronze medal at ISSF World Cup in the 50m Rifle Prone Event in held at Fort Benning in US.

  • India’s ace shooter Gagan Narang won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone Event of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.
  • With this win he got qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics by earning himself a quota place.
  • Narang is third Indian shooter to make the 2016 Rio Olympics cut after Jitu Rai and Apurvi Chandela. He had won won the bronze medal in 10m Rifle at the 2012 London Olympics.
  • It should be noted for Olympics games, each participating country can win a maximum of 30 quota places from a total of 15 shooting disciplines (including shotgun events), two each from each discipline.
Winners of 50m Rifle Prone Event at ISSF World Cup 2015:
  1. Michael McPhail of US by shooting 208.8 points won gold medal.
  2. Ole Kristian Bryhn of Norway won silver medal by shooting 206.3 points.
  3. Narang shot 185.8 points to secure third place.
2) Vikas Gowda wins bronze in Shanghai IAAF Diamond League.
  • Ace India discus thrower won a bronze medal in the second leg of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League series held in Shanghai, China.
  • The 31-year-old Gowda hurled the disc to a distance of 63.90m, which he achieved in his fifth and penultimate attempt to finish third behind 2013 World Championships silver medallist Piotr Malachowski (64.65m) of Poland and Robert Urbanek (64.47m), also of Poland.
  • He is the National record holder with 66.28m.He is the winner of 2014 Commonwealth Games gold and Asian Games silver medals.
  • With this win will pocket $4000 for the third-place finish, besides earning one Diamond League point.
  • The United States-based Indian has a season`s best of 65.75m, which he achieved at La Jolla in California last month, he is yet to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, for which the qualifying standard is 66m.
3) Novak Djokovic wins Rome Masters Title 2015 with victory over Roger Federer.
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia won his fourth Rome Masters Tennis title. In the summit clash, Djokovic defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-4, 6-3.
  • With this win, Djokovic earned prize money of 628100 US dollar and 1000 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
  • This was the fifth title of the season for Djokovic, the other titles are the Australian Open (defeated Andy Murray), the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (defeated Roger Federer), the Miami Open (defeated Andy Murray) and the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (defeated Tomas Berdych).
4) Maria Sharapova won the women’s single of Italian Tennis Open.
  • Russian Maria Sharapova won the women’s singles of Italian Open for the third time by defeating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro by 4-6 7-5 6-1 in Rome.
  • The Italian Open is the most prestigious red clay tennis tournament in the world after the French Open.
  • The men’s singles of the Italian Open (also called Rome Masters) was won by Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
  • The men`s competition of the Open is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour, and the women`s competition is a Premier 5 event on the Women`s Tennis Association (WTA) tour.
  • The two events were combined in 2011. The tournament is played on clay courts, currently during the second week of May. The event is also known as the Rome Masters and the Italian Championships.

5) Joe Root named England`s Cricketer of the Year 2014-15.

  • Joe Root was elected as England Cricketer of the Year for 2014-15 by British sports journalists; it was announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
  • The 24-year-old has scored 1,135 Test runs at an average of nearly 95 over the past 12 months; He was also recently appointed vice-captain of England`s Test team.
  • Charlotte Edwards was named England Women`s Cricketer of the Year for the second consecutive year and also received a silver cap to mark her 200th match as captain against New Zealand in February.
  • Lancashire`s right-arm seamer Saqib Mahmood won the England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year award while Luke Sugg from England`s Visually Impaired team was named Disability Cricketer of the Year.

6) Ethiopian runners win both Men’s & Women’s titles in TCS World 10000m run.

  • Ethiopian runners won both the Men’s and Women’s titles in the eighth edition of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10 Thousand metre run in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • In Men’s category, Mosinet Geremew bagged the title, while his teammate Fikadu settled at second place.
  • In the women’s section, Mamitu Daska bagged the title.
  • In Indian Men’s category Suresh Kumar bagged the title. In women’s category Tamil Nadu’s Suriya Loganathan won the title.
7) Brad Haddin, the Australia wicketkeeper retired from ODI cricket.
  • Brad Haddin, the Australian wicketkeeper batsman retired from One Day International (ODI) cricket. His final ODI appearance was the seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in World Cup final in Melbourne on 29 March 2015.
  • He will continue to represent Australian side in Test and Twenty20 international cricket.
  • He played 126 matches and scored 3122 runs at an average of 31.53 of which 110 (against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2010) was his highest score.
  • As a wicketkeeper, he claimed 170 catches and did 11 stumping over 14 years in the 50-over format, which was the third-most dismissal for Australia after Adam Gilchrist and Ian Healy.
8) British magazine SportsPro released World’s 50 Most Marketable 2015 report.
  • The British sports business magazine SportsPro released the World’s 50 Most Marketable 2015 report.
  • According to SportsPro`s listing of the top 50 most marketable athletes in the world for 2015, Eugenie Bouchard, Tennis player from Canada, topped the list.
  • FC Barcelona soccer Neymar stood at second place and was followed by Golfer Jordan Spieth at the third place.
  • Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli was placed at the sixth position ahead of United States basketball star Stephen Curry. Another Indian, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was placed at the 44th position.
  • Tennis player Novak Djokovic was placed at 14th position while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were at 16th and 22nd respectively.
9) Shuttler Saina Nehwal of India ranked No.1 in single rankings released by BWF.
  • Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the number one spot in the latest BWF world rankings.
  • She was followed by Li Xuerui of China.
  • In April 2015, she secured the number one position for the first time. But she subsequently slipped from the top spot.
  • Nehwal`s compatriot and two-time World Championship bronze medalist P.V. Sindhu dropped to number 12.
  • In men’s singles, K. Srikanth retained his fourth place. Even P. Kashyap and H.S. Parnnoy also maintained their 13th and 15th positions, respectively.
10) Sharapova slams `disrespectful` treatment of Nadal.
  • Sharapova blasted the "disrespectful" treatment of fellow French Open champion Rafael Nadal.
  • Nadal, the nine-time champion at Roland Garros and who boasts an astonishing record of 66 wins and just one defeat, comes into the 2015 tournament ranked seven in the world, his lowest in a decade.
  • He is also without a European claycourt title for the first time in 10 years, a run of form which has prompted many in the sport to write off the Spaniard`s chances of a 10th Paris title.
  • But Sharapova leapt to the defence of Nadal, a stablemate of hers at Nike.
  • “He`s an incredible champion and he has no reason to be here doing it again” said 2012 and 2014 champion Sharapova.