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Sport Current Affairs June 5th Week 2018
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 1. India’s R Praggnanandhaa Becomes World’s 2nd Youngest Chess Grand Master.

India’s R Praggnanandhaa has become the country’s youngest and the world’s second youngest Grand Master at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days after reaching the final round of the ongoing Grendine Open in Italy.

The Chennai-based player was paired with Grand Master Prujjsers Roland in the final round, which ensured that he would achieve the feat. After beating GM Moroni Lica Jr in the eighth round, he needed to play an opponent above rating of 2482 in the next round to make his third GM norm.

Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin remains the youngest ever GM, having achieved the feat at the age of 12 years and seven months in 2002. In 2016, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest International Master at the age of 10 years, 10 months and 19 days. Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, the country’s first GM, congratulated Praggnanandhaa on his achievement.


2. Sandeep Sejwal Wins Gold In Singapore National Swimming Championships.

Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal put up an impressive performance to clinch the gold medal in men`s 50m breaststroke event at the  Singapore National Swimming Championships in Singapore today.

Besides, Virdhawal Khade grabbed a creditable silver medal in the 50m freestyle event with a timing of 22.68 seconds even as compatriot Aaron Agnel Dsouza crashed out in the semifinals.

Competing against a host of international swimmers, Sandeep broke the Singapore meet record with a timing of 27:59 seconds to win the gold. He bettered his own time of 27.68 seconds in the semi-final by 0.09 seconds.

The 29-year-old had also won the silver in the men`s 100m breaststroke on Thursday in 1:02 seconds. Virdhawal, who was swimming back-to-back 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle events missed out on qualifying for the final of the 50m butterfly.

The 26-year-old Virdhawal, who beat Olympic champion Joseph Schooling to clinch the gold in men`s 100m freestyle event yesterday, finished third behind Australia`s Marks Edward and Mathew Temple in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, Karnataka`s Arvind Mani also found a spot on the podium, grabbing the bronze in the men`s 50m backstroke event. In the women`s category, Aditi Dhumatkar and Divya Satija failed to progress beyond the preliminary rounds of 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly events respectively.


3. Archer Deepika Kumari Wins Gold At Salt Lake World Cup.

Archer Deepika Kumari won her first individual gold medal in six years at the Salt Lake World Cup following a 7-3 win over Germany’s Michelle Kroppen in the recurve final. The win ensured Deepika will represent the country at the season-ending Archery World Cup Final in Samsun, Turkey in October. “Finally! That’s what I said when I won this gold medal,” said Deepika after four silver medal finishes.

In six appearances at the Archery World Cup, Deepika had come back with silver medals in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 but this time she finally got the elusive yellow metal. The last time she won a stage medal was back in 2015 but the last time she won at a stage event on the international circuit goes even further back to Antalya in 2012.

Against her stood indoor world team champion Kroppen who will be the highest ranked German recurve archer following the tournament. Making her first individual event final, Kroppen had her task cut out from the get go as she was aware she was averaging 9.08 points per arrow compared to Deepika’s 9.21 points per arrow.

In the final, Deepika started off better by taking the opening set 29-28 and taking a 2-0 set lead. Both shot 10, 9 and 9 in the second set to stand level at 28-28 which brought the match down to 3-1. Kroppen won the third set 27-26 and levelled the match at 3-3. Deepika showed her experience in the final two sets as the pressure started to kick in. Kroppen shot a 7 on her third arrow to hand the fourth set (29-26) to the Indian archer. With all to do in the final set, Kroppen scored 8 points on her third arrow and Deepika won the fifth set 27-26 and with that, the match.

“I was repeating to myself, ‘just do it the best, this is your time; just enjoy your game and forget about winning or losing and have fun’,” said Deepika.


4. Rani Rampal Announced Captain Of Indian Women’s Hockey Team.

Rani will lead the 18-member Indian women’s hockey team while goalkeeper Savita will serve as her deputy in the World Cup, which is slated to begin in London on July 21.

Fellow Goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu has made a return to the team after being rested for the Spain Tour. India’s defence will consist of Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur and youngster Reena Khokhar, who makes a comeback into the team. In the midfield, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Neha Goyal, Navjot Kaur and Nikki Pradhan will hold fort.

Indian captain Rani, who returned to the team during their Spain Tour, will again be leading her team’s forward-line. The ace-striker will be linking up with the experienced Vandana Katariya while Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami and Udita will also provide them support in attack.


5. Dutee Chand Sets New National Record In Women’s 100m.

 Indian sprinter Dutee Chand on Friday broke her own record and set a new national record in Women’s 100m race in the 58th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship at Sarusajai Stadium. According to sources, Dutee Chand broke the national record of 11.30 second which she had made last year at the Indian Grand Prix held at New Delhi.  She nailed the new national record by clocking 11.29 seconds in the semi-final round of the heat-2 in the Women’s 100m race.

The Odisha Chief Minister also congratulated her for setting the new national record in the event by clocking 11.29 second.