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Asian Game Bronze Medal Winner Goes Back To Selling Tea

NEW DELHI: 

Little has changed for Harish Kumar since he came back home after winning a bronze medal for India at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. Son of an auto rickshaw driver, Harish Kumar used to sell tea at North Delhi’s Majun Ka Tilla area to support his family. Now that he’s back, he has had to return to the same tea stall.

Speaking to NDTV, the bronze medallist said he doesn’t regret the hard times that he had endure, but was disappointed when “no came to welcome me home.” Part of the Indian Sepak Takraw (kick volleyball) team at the Asian Games 2018.

Harish’s talent was spotted by his coach, Hemraj who saw him play with cycle tyres, rolling them forward with a stick. He took him to the Sport Authority Of India (SAI) centre and taught him the game. He soon began training. Harish used work at tea shop during the day, and train from 2 pm to 6 pm, even as locals laughed off his efforts.

“People used to say that he will not be able to do anything, he is just being fooled by the coach and by looting his money, he can do nothing,” he said.

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Harish Kumar used work at tea shop during the day, and train from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Harish, however, found support at home. His mother, Indira Devi said despite her family’s financial struggles, she tried her best to support Harish’s studies and even “saved money for his training”. For his part, Harish says he used to hide from bus conductors while going to train to avoid buying a ticket.

Harish has no complains that the government didn’t help him, but says that now he hopes for a government job. “I just want a job from the government. I’m unemployed and my father is an auto-rickshaw driver. I run a tea stall for a living,” he said.

At this year’s Asian Games in Indonesia, India finished its best-ever medal tally with 69 medals. ( Source: NDTV)

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Teenager Hriday Hazarika shoots gold at ISSF World Champions

NEW DELHI: India’s teenage shooters continue to shine at the world stage, and on Friday it was the turn of 16-year-old Hriday Hazarika who won gold in the junior men’s 10m air rifle event at the ISSF World Champioinships in Changwon, Korea, via a nerve-wracking shootoff.
Hazarika and Iran’s Amir Neokounam both ended tied at 250.1 points, taking the final into a shootoff. Incidentally, both missed the world record by an incredible 0.1 point.
The first shot in the shootoff decided the gold medal with a difference of just 0.1 point as Hazarika shot a 10.3 and Nekounam 10.2.
Hazarika shot some incredible final few shots to climb from the fourth position to first before taking the final into a shootoff. He was the lone Indian to qualify for the final with a score of 627.3.
The bronze went to Russia’s Grigorii Shamakov, who managed a score of 228.6 in the final.
The Indian team, comprising Hazarika, Divyansh Panwar and Arjun Babuta, finished fourth in the event with a combined total of 1872.3.
Earlier, there was disappointment for the country in the senior men’s 50m Rifle Three Position competition as none of the Indians in fray managed to make the cut for the finals.
Asian Games silver-medallist Sanjeev Rajput finished 58th, while Swapnil Kusale was 55th and Akhil Sheoran 44th. In the team event, the trio finished 11th.
On Thursday in Changwon, Asian Games gold medallist Saurabh Chaudhary won gold in the junior men’s 10m air pistol event.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Luka Modric Nominated For FIFA Best Player Award

Cristiano Ronaldo will go head to head with former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah as he seeks a sixth FIFA men’s world player of the year award. But Lionel Messi — who has dominated the award along with Ronaldo over the past decade — has been omitted from the shortlist after featuring in the top three for 11 straight years. Ronaldo, who like Messi is a five-time winner of the award, lifted a fourth Champions League title in five years before joining Italian champions Juventus in July.

The Best FIFA Women’s Player award is certain to change hands. Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Maroszan, who enjoyed an unbeaten Division 1 Feminine season and lifted the UEFA Women’s Champions League, are joined by Brazil’s triumphant Copa America Feminina captain Marta in contending for the honour.

France’s World Cup-winning manager Didier Deschamps, Zlatko Dalic and Zinedine Zidane were nominated as the finalists for FIFA’s coach of the year award.

Deschamps became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach with victory over Dalic’s Croatia in Russia while Zidane led Real Madridto a third consecutive Champions League win in May before stepping down.

The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award will be contested between a trio who shone in Russia, namely Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois, France’s Hugo Lloris and Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel.

All seven awards, as well as the FIFA Fair Play Award and FIFA/FIFPro World 11, will be handed out on September 24 in front of football’s biggest names amongst the impressive surroundings of London’s Royal Festival Hall.

(With AFP inputs)

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Asian Games 2018: Hima Das Wins Silver Medal in 400m Race

Hima Das has written her name in the books of history again, the world champion lived up to the nation’s expectations after winning a silver medal at the 400m race event in the Asian games 2018. She came second to Salwa Naser and registered a time of 50.79

20-year old Hima Das had the hopes of the nation on her and she ran like a true champion.

In the qualification round on day 7, Hima Das broke a 14-year-old national record when she clocked 51.00s as she qualified for the 400m final during the ongoing Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Saturday.

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The previous national record was set by Manjit Kaur (51.05s) in Chennai in 2004.

Hima ran with Bahrain’s Salwa Naser, who is favourite to win this event and won the Heat 1 with a new Games record.

In other news, Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal today headed for a gold medal showdown at the 18th Asian Games after their quarterfinal victories ensured India’s first ever women’s singles medals at the Continental event.

First, it was London bronze medallist Saina, who ended a 36-year-old wait for an individual medal after locking at least a bronze following a 21-18 21-16 win over world number five Ratchanok Intanon in a 42-minute quarterfinal.

Rio silver medallist Sindhu then fought past world number 12 Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11 16-21 21-14 in the other quarterfinal.

In the semifinals, Saina faces world no 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, while Sindhu will take on either China’s Chen Yufei or world no 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.

Indian Archery team (Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini & Abhishek Verma) also stormed into finals of ‘Compound Men’s Team Event’ with a 230-227 win over Chinese Taipei where they will take on South Korea in Final on 28th August.

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Asian Games 2018: Vinesh Phogat Wins Gold In Women’s Freestyle 50kg Event

Vinesh Phogat beat Japan’s Yuki Irie in Women’s Freestyle 50 kg gold medal match.

Vinesh Phogat won the gold medal and the country’s fifth medal at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games on Monday. Vinesh Phogat beat Japan’s Yuki Irie in Women’s Freestyle 50 kg gold medal match. She is also the first female gold medal winner at the Asiad. Vinesh completely dominated the contest, taking a 4-0 lead initially before stretching it further to 6-2 to pocket the yellow metal. Vinesh Phogat hardly broke into a sweat in her earlier semi-final encounter against Daulatbike Yakshimuratova of Uzbekistan, as the referees took just 75 seconds to declare the Indian the winner by technical superiority (10-0). Vinesh, who beat Irie in the Asian Championships semi-final earlier this year, started cautiously before pinning the Japanese grappler down to take four quick points. The Indian displayed some great defense to hold on to her 4-0 lead at the end of the first three minutes. After the breather, Vinesh Phogat‘s defence was deemed too passive by the referee and the Indian was forced to concede a point that somehow reduced the deficit to 4-1 with 30 seconds to go. But the 2014 Incheon Asiad bronze medalist came back well to pocket two more points towards the end that saw her clinch the gold with a 6-2 margin.

Vinesh had earlier registered a comfortable 11-0 victory over South Korea’s Kim Hyungjoo in the quarter-finals, after defeating China’s Sun Yanan by technical superiority 8-2 in the 1/8 finals. But the other Indians in the fray — Sakshi Malik and Pooja Dhanda — failed to win their respective semi-final ties and can now hope only for a bronze.

Earlier, India’s shooter Lakshay won the silver medal by finishing second in the men’s trap final at the 2018 Asian Games. The 20-year-old got 43 points to finish second behind Chinese Taipei’s Kunpi Yang, who equalled the world record score of 48.

(With IANS Inputs)