Sports Current Affairs November 2016

Sports Current Affairs November 2016

TENNIS CURRENT AFFAIRS

US Open 2016

• Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) won his third Grand Slam championship after winning the 2016 US Open by beating world number one Novak Djokovic (Serbia) in the finals on September 12, 2016.

• Earlier, he has reached three Grand Slam singles finals in his career,. winning all three, the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French Open and the 2016 US Open.

• In doubles and team tennis for Switzerland, he has won a gold medal in the men’s doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, partnering with Roger Federer, and the Davis Cup in 2014.

• He played in the longest doubles match in history at the 2013 Davis Cup, in a tie against the Czech Republic.

CRICKET CURRENT AFFAIRS

Duleep Trophy 2016-17

• Gautam Gambhir-led India Blue won the inaugural day/night Duleep Trophy Cricket tournament held in Greater Noida on September 14, 2016.

• In the final, India Blue defeated India Red, captained by Yuvraj Singh, by a massive 355 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara was named the ‘Player of the Match’.

• The Duleep Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket competition played in India between teams representing geographical zones of India.

• The competition is named after Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji of Nawanagar. The 2016-17 Duleep Trophy was the 55th season of the Duleep Trophy.

F1 RACE

Italian Grand Prix 2016

• Germany’s Nico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix for dominant Mercedes to cut team mate Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One world championship lead to two points on September 4, 2016.

• Rosberg, earlier won the 2005 GP2 Series for the ART team, having raced in Formula 3 Euro Series previously for his father Keke Rosberg’s racing organisation. He has enjoyed his most successful period, winning 21 Grands Prix and’ earning 28 pole positions. .

• His biggest career achievements have been in 2014 and 2015 when he finished runner-up in the Formula One World Championship behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton and being the fourth driver in history to win the Monaco Grand Prix three times in a row and being the fourth driver in history to win 7 Grands Prix in a row.

BADMINTON

Brazil Open Grand Prix 2016

• Indian mixed doubles pair of Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra clinched their maiden Grand Prix title, bagging the Brazil Open with a straight game victory over Canadian combo of Toby Ng and Rachel Honderich in the finals on September 5, 2016. .

• Sikki, whd has been a part of the bronze medal winning Indian team at the 2014 and 2016 Uber Cup. Sikki won both the women’s doubles and mixed doubles titles.

• Pranaav had started in Sutlej club in Ludhiana before moving to Mumbai where for two years he trained under Uday Pawar. In 2008, he joined Gopichand Badminton Academy and started competing on the international circuit.

SQUASH

U-19 Asian Junior Individual Championship

• India’s emerging player Velavan Senthilkumar after defeating Jordan’s . Mohammad Al-Sarraj won the U-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title on September 25, 2016.

• The Chennai lad, who .trains at the Indian Squash Academy (ISA), is the second Indian to win the title after Ravi Dixit in 2010.

• From among 31 Indian players in various age categories at the tournament, there were two more medal winners in Tushar Shahani, who claimed silver in boys ‘U-17, and Yash Fadte who earned a bronze in boys’ U-15 section.

ATHLETICS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Asian Beach Games 2016

• India opened their medal account in the 5 th Asian Beach Games with Pinky Balhara bagged a bronze in kurash on the opening day of competitions on September 25, 2016.

• She won the bronze in women’s 52 kg category after she lost to Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam in the semifinals.

• The athletes will participate in 13 disciplines which include Swimming, Kabaddi, Handball, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Sambo, Ju-Jitsu, Woodball, Sepaktakraw, Pentaque, Shuttlecock, Voninam and Muay Thai.

Rio Paralympics 2016

• Devendra Jhajharia, won gold medal in the javelin throw F46 event of the Rio 2016 Paralympics on September 13, 2016.

• Previously, he had wbn gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a throw of 62.15 m with which he set a world record. In Rio de Janeiro, he bettered 97 m.

• He also won gold at the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon in 2013.

• He last participated in the Paralympics 12 years ago. The F46 event did not feature in the 2008 and the 2012 editions.

• He broke the previous world record set by himself in the event. Jhajharia’s achievement is India’s second gold medal and fourth medal overall in the Rio Paralympics.

• Mariyappan Thangavelu won India’s first gold medal at Rio 2016 Paralympics on September 9, 2016.

• In March, 2016, Mariyappan cleared a distance of 1.78 m in the men’s high jump T42 event at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia, qualifying him for the Rio Paralympics. At the Rio Paralympics, he won the gold medal in the men’s high jump T42 finals, with a leap of 1.89 m.

TABLE TENNIS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Belgium Open 2016

• Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has become only the second Indian table tennis player to win an ITTF event as he clinched the men’s singles title of the Belgium Open.

• He won his first pro title by defeating local player Nuytinck Cedric in the final played at De Haan in Belgium.

• Achanta Sharath Kamal is the first Indian to win an ITTF event in 2012.

SHOOTING CURRENT AFFAIRS

World Deaf Championships

• Priyesha Deshmukh won bronze in the 10 m air rifle { category at the first World Deaf Shooting Championships held in Kazan on September 18, 2016.

• She scored 180.4 in the final to secure the third spot, a big achievement for someone who started the sport only three years ago.

• She had qualified for the medal round after scoring 404.9 in the qualification round. Ukraine’s Svitlana Yatsenko (201.6 in final) and Serbia’s Gordana Mikovic (200.3) won gold and silver respectively.

MARTIAL ARTS

World Masterships 2016

• Sushmita Rai East Sikkim grabbed a bronze at the recently concluded World Martial Arts Mastership 2016 which was held at Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do of South Korea on September 13, 2016.

• She had also won a Silver Medal at the Asian Kickboxing Championship 2015 held in Pune, Maharashtra.

• The competition was an Olympics for martial arts with 2073 participants from 87 countries. It was the first comprehensive martial arts competition where national teams from across the globe took part.

WUSHU

6th Asian Championship

• The Indian wushu team won four silver and five bronze medals in the 6th Asian Championship which drew to a close in Taoyuan (Taiwan) on September 6, 2016.

• Silver medals winners were L. Budha Chandra Singh (56 kg), Praveen Kumar (48 kg), Rajinder Singh (90 kg), K. Arunpama Devi (60 kg).

• Bronze medals winners were Y. Santhoi Devi (52 kg), Pooja Kadian (65 kg), Vishakha Malik (70 kg), Rajani Deori (75 kg).

SPORTS PERSONALITIES

Kieren Dsouza

• In a run that lasted, 33 hr, 3 min and 25 sec, Kieren Dsouza became the first ever Indian to finish it on October 3, 2016.

• The Spartathlon, an annual run between Athens in Sparta in Greece has a circuit which lasts for 246.6 km and is widely considered, ‘The world’s toughest race.

• He had been training for this race since 2012 and just last.year completed the 222 km La Ultra in Ladakh , again becoming the only Indian to have managed to do so.

Manikandan Kumar

• Para climber Manikandan Kumar won the gold medal in the IF SC Para Climbing Cup, organised in the United Kingdom on October 2, 2016.

• He also claimed a Silver medal in the IF SC Para Climbing World Cup in Italy and a Bronze medal in the para climbing World Cup in ‘ Innsbruck, Austria.

• He became the first and the only Indian climber to have won three Gold medals, seven Silver medals and a Bronze medal.

• This has never been achieved by any other Indian climber so far and I’m really happy to reach such a milestone.

Chawi Kohli

• Patiala fencer Chawi Kohli won her second gold medal at the international level in the U-17 Epee category with a win over Thailand fencer in the International Thailand Open held at Bangkok on September 30, 2016.

• Earlier, she had won the gold medal in U-15 category in the Jordan International Open last year.

• She took up fencing six years ago and became the national U-14 champion in EPEE event in the nationals held at Cuttak in 2013 before claiming the U-14 and U-17 EPEE gold medals.

R. Ashwin

• Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler to pick 200 Test wickets when he dismissed Kane Williamson on the 4th day of the Kanpur Test against New Zealand on September 26, 2016.

• R. Ashwin also surpassed Test greats Dennis Lillee and Waqar Younis, both of whom collected 200 wickets in 38 tests.

• He made his Test debut against West Indies and became the seventh Indian to take a five-wicket haul on test debut.

Ritu Rani

• Ritu Rani retired from international hockey after Rio 2016 Olympics on September 24, 2016. It was also under her captaincy that the national team had won a Bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games and a Silver medal at the 2013 Asian Champions Trophy.

• She also lead the side at the World League Semifinals held in Antwerp and the team finished in the fifth place beating higher ranked Japan in classification match.

• The Indian woman’s national field hockey team thus qualified for the ‘2016 Summer Olympics for the first time since the 1980 Summer Olympics under her captaincy.

Anjum Chopra

• Anjum Chopra became the first woman cricketer from India to be awarded an honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

• She played 12 Tests, 127 ODIs and 18 T20s. A left-hander, She aggregated 548 runs in tests, 2856 runs in ODIs, which included a century against England at Northampton in 1999.

• She was honoured alongside Sehwag, was the first Indian woman to hit an international century. An Arjuna awardee in 2007, she led India to a rare Test series win against South Africa in 2002.

Abhinav Bindra

• Abhinav Bindra officially announced his retirement due to September 5, 2016 because he felt it was time to move on and let the younger generation take over.

• He finished 4th in the Rio Olympics and was India’s one and only individual gold medallist.’He secured the winner’s position in the 10 m rifle event in Beijing. A second Qlympic medal was missed by a whisker at the recently-concluded Rio Olympics 2016.


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