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Sports Current Affairs August 2nd Week 2016
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1) American swimmer Ledecky captures gold, breaks world record.

  • United States` Katie Ledecky won the gold medal in the women`s 400-meter freestyle.
  • The unassuming teenager from suburban Washington gave the United States its first swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics crushing her own world record in the women`s 400-meter freestyle.
  • Ledecky has dominated the longer freestyle events since winning gold in the 800 free at the London Olympics as a 15-year-old.

2) James Anderson topples R Ashwin from top spot in ICC bowler rankings.

  • England pacer James Anderson has reclaimed the number-one ranking from India’s Ravichandran Ashwin in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers released after the end of the Edgbaston Test.
  • Anderson had entered the Edgbaston Test trailing Ashwin by one point, but he has now opened up a 12-point gap over the India spinner.
  • This is the second time in less than six weeks that Anderson has topped the bowling table.
3) Australia women bag rugby sevens first gold medal.
  • Australia were crowned the first ever Olympic rugby sevens champions after beating New Zealand 24-17 in the final of the women’s tournament in Rio.
  • The tournament marked the first time since 1924 that rugby has been played at the Olympics and the debut for sevens, the previous four incarnations featuring men’s 15-a-side tournaments.
  • Canada, who had gone down 22-0 to Britain in pool play, dominated the British 33-10 to claim bronze.

4) Michael Phelps wins fourth successive 200m individual medley, bags 22nd Gold.

  • Michael Phelps of the United States won the Olympic 200 metres individual medley to capture the 22nd gold medal of his career and become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Games.
  • It was yet another extraordinary swim for Phelps, who has now won two individual and two relay golds at his fifth Olympics, two years after coming out of retirement.
  • His total medal haul has now risen to 26, including two silvers and two bronzes, with the 100 metres butterfly still to come.
5) Dipika Pallikal pockets Australian Open title.
  • India’s top squash player Dipika Pallikal warmed up for the World Doubles Championship, which begins in Darwin, by winning the PSA Australian Open in Melbourne.
  • Pallikal’s previous title came in February 2015 when she won the Winnipeg Winter Open in Canada.
  • The win comes days before the start of World Doubles where she and Joshna Chinappa have been given the top seeding.
  • The pair made history by winning the gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
  • Chinese paddler Ma Long becomes fifth male Grand Slam winner in Rio.
  • Ma Long celebrated his first Olympic gold medal in a quiet but unique style.
  • The world No. 1 completed his Grand Slam request and came out the fifth male paddler to do so in table tennis after winning an All-Chinese final over defending champion Zhang Jike at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
  • Ma made short work of teammate Zhang 14-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4. It has been Team China`s 11th gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.