Aug 21

India Hopes for a medal on Finishing Day of Olympics

Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt , bronze medallist from London 2012, will be hoping he breaks that trend and delivers another medal to give Indians something to cheer about on Sunday, the last day of the Games. On the final day of Rio Olympics, Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has a shot at fetching India one last medal

Suarez hits hat-trick as Barcelona thump Betis

Barcelona: Lionel Messi and hat-trick hero Luis Suarez were in sensational form as they helped Barcelona start their title defence with a crushing 6-2 win over Real Betis at the Camp Nou. Messi scored twice and set up another goal, dominating proceedings, while Suarez added three of his own after Arda Turan’s opener. Ruben Castro

Tendulkar bats for healthy lifestyle

Mumbai:  Batting legend Sachin Tendulkartoday stressed upon leading a healthy lifestyle, saying fit citizens make a robust country. He was speaking after flagging off the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Half Marathon here from South Mumbai at 5:45am. The right-handed batsman also flagged off the 10K Timed Run and a 5K Heritage Run after the half

Centrowitz stuns favourites for ‘surreal’ 1500m gold

Rio de Janeiro: Matthew Centrowitz produced a stunning gun-to-tape 1500m run on Saturday to claim the United States’ first gold in the event since 1908. Centrowitz, fourth in the London Games four years ago and twice a world championship medallist, timed 3min 50.00sec. Algerian defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi added silver to second place in the

Farah seals first distance double-double in 40 years

Rio de Janeiro:  His legs were tired, but Britain’s Mo Farah produced blistering pace in the final straight to become the first man in 40 years to retain the two Olympic distance titles. The 33-year-old, who fought back from a stumble to claim the 10,000m last week, said his victory in the 5,000m on Saturday

Bolt, Phelps exit leaves Olympic void

Rio de Janeiro:  Twin titans Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps have mined a trove of Olympic gold, changed the sporting landscape and left a huge hole that starts in Rio and goes around the world. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach hailed the two superstars as “icons”. But he will leave the 31st Olympic Games

Indian businessman announces cash prize for India’s Rio heroes

Dubai:  An Indian businessman here hasannounced a cash prize of Rs 5 million for India’s silver- medalist ace shuttler P V Sindhu and Rs 2.5 million for wrestler Sakshi Malik for winning the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics 2016. Mukkattu Sebastian, who is based in UAE for four decades, announced Rs 5 million for

Russian shot putter stripped of silver medal for doping

Rio De Janeiro:  The International Olympic Committee stripped Russia’s Yevgeniya Kolodko of her London 2012 Games shot put silver medal for doping — the second medallist from the contest to be disqualified. Kolodko adds to a growing list of medal winners caught out in new tests on samples taken in London and at the 2008

US clobber Spain to win sixth straight women’s basketball gold

Rio de Janeiro:  The powerhouse United States women’s basketball team was nearly as dominant in the final as it was in every other contest at the Rio Games, winning its sixth straight Olympic gold with a 101-72 victory on Saturday. Spain, which secured its first every medal in this competition with a convincing 68-54 win

Wrestling world champions Akgul, Sadulaev bag Olympic titles

Rio de Janeiro:  Turkey’s world wrestling champion Taha Akgul claimed the men’s freestyle 125kg title at the Rio Olympic Games, while Russian Abdulrashid Sadulaev added the 86kg gold to his medal collection. In the men’s heavyweight final, Akgul on Saturday posted a 3-1 victory over Komeil Ghasemi of Iran. Akgul scored two of his points

South Africa’s Semenya grabs 800m gold in Rio

Rio de Janeiro:  South Africa’s Caster Semenya set a national record to win the gold in the women’s 800 metres at the Rio Olympics. The 25-year-old on Saturday clocked one minute and 55.28 seconds to beat Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba by 1.21 seconds, Xinhua news agency reported. Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui pocketed bronze in a personal

Chen Aisen wins China’s 7th diving gold at Rio

Rio de Janeiro:  China’s 20-year-old diver Chen Aisen scored a highest 108.00 points in his last dive to win the men’s 10-metre platform at the Rio Olympic Games here. It’s China’s first gold medal in the event since the 2004 Athens Games where Hu Jia clinched the title, Xinhua news agency reported. Chen on Saturday

Neymar’s nerves of steel hand Brazil first football gold

Rio De Janeiro:  Neymar struck the winning penalty as Brazil claimed a first ever Olympic football gold medal with victory over Germany on penalties at Rio’s Maracana. The 5-4 shoot-out win exacted revenge for a humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany two years ago. Olympic gold was the only major title to have

Produnova can’t be called a death vault: Karmakar

New Delhi:  Experts may think it is the’Vault of Death’ but trailblazer Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar doesn’t agree and says she will continue performing the Produnova despite the dangers that come with the daredevil act. Karmakar, who was the first Indian gymast to qualify for Olympics, exceeded expectations by entering the vault finals in Rio

BPCL announces Rs 75 lakh cash award, promotion for P V Sindhu

New Delhi: State-owned BPCL today announceda cash award of Rs 75 lakh and promotion for P V Sindhu, the country’s first-ever woman silver medallist in the Olympic Games. Sindhu has been working with Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) since 2013 and is currently Assistant Manager (Sports) at its Hyderabad office. Announcing a cash award of

Hearing on Russian Paralympic Committee appeal against ban postponed by 24 hours

Rio de Janeiro: The Russian Paralympic Committee’s (RPC) appeal against their ban from Rio 2016 will be heard on Monday (August 22), 24 hours later than originally planned, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced. The RPC officially launched its appeal last week to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), whose ad-hoc division will

Make Rajyavardhan Rathore Sports Minister: Milkha

Chandigarh:  India’s legendary athlete Milkha Singh today suggested that Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore be made the union sports minister with “appropriate support” for better results in future multi-sporting world events such as the Olympics. “I have a suggestion, make Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore the Sports Minister and put him in charge with appropriate funding and resource support.

Over 41,000 tickets sold for Rio Olympics closing ceremony

Rio de Janeiro:  More than 41,000 tickets have been sold for the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, spokesman for the RIO-2016 organising committee Mario Andrada has said. “To date, 41,233 tickets to the closing ceremony have been sold,” he said on Friday, reports Tass. “I am sure this figure will grow, since some

AIFF announces reward of Rs 5 lakh each for Sindhu, Sakshi

New Delhi:  All India Football FederationPresident Praful Patel has congratulated ace shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik for winning medals at the Rio Olympics and announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for them. “AIFFMedia expresses it’s support & solidarity with the sporting fraternity for doing India proud. We award Rs. 5 lakh

I am the greatest: Bolt

Rio de Janeiro:  Sprint legend Usain Bolt declared himself “the greatest” after signing off his Olympic career with a ninth gold medal. The 29-year-old ran an electrifying final leg to anchor Jamaica’s second straight Olympic men’s 4×100 metre relay victory here on Friday, reports Xinhua. The result gave Bolt his ninth Olympic gold medal and