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                           Sports July 2013

     Devendra      Jhajharia     created     history     by    becoming    the   first
      differently-abled Indian to win a gold at the IPC Athletics World
      Championships as he bagged the yellow metal in javelin throw in

      the   sixth   edition      of   the   event    in   Lyon,   France    on    22nd
      July. Jhajharia, also a world record holder in the event which he created
      while winning gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics, hurled the javelin to

      57.04m in F-46 category, meant for one-armed athletes, at the Rhone
      Stadium. The 32-year-old Rajasthan athlete, whose world record stands at
      62.15m, led the 11-athlete field from the very beginning as he opened
      with a throw of 54.71m. He came up with his best of 57.04m in his sixth
      and last throw.

     Ace Iranian thrower Mirshekari Abdolrasoul won the silver with a throw of

      52.62m while Ismail Mahmoud of Egypt was third in 50.22m. With
      Jhajharia’s effort, India opened their medal account in the Championships
      organized by International Paralympics Committee and now stands at

      19th in the medal tally.

     India is represented by a 10-member contingent in the July 19-28
      Championships. All 10 athletes have qualified with ‘A’ standard. IPC

      President Sir Phil Cravon and CEO Xavier Gonzalez congratulated Jhajharia
      on his achievement. Paralympics Committee of India President Sultan
      Ahmed said Jhajharia will be felicitated when he returns home. The PCI

      also announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for Jhajaria.

     The 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, featuring over 1,000
      athletes   from   nearly    100   countries,   is   the   biggest   gathering   of

      international differently-abled athletes since the 2012 London Olympics.


    Meanwhile, The Paralympic Committee of India announced a cash prize of
    Rs five lakh for Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia on 22nd July.

   India’s K. Jennitha Anto on 24 July, became the World chess
    champion for the disabled after winning the 13th IPCA World
    women’s     individual    championship      in   Velke    Losiny,    Czech

    Republic. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Jennitha scored 4.5 points from nine
    rounds after winning three, drawing three, and losing three games. She
    competed in a combined group with men and became the highest scorer
    among the woman players and was awarded the IPCA women’s title. Two
    Russian women finished tied with Jennitha on points but a higher
    buchcholz score helped her win the title. The triumph was more special
    for Jennitha as she also became a Woman International Master
    (WIM). The new WIM title would allow her direct entry into many
    National events for women, except the premier tournament. The event

    attracted 49 physically challenged players from 15 countries.

   Chris Froome from Britain on 21 July 2013 has won the 100th
    edition of the Tour de France. It was Britain's second successive
    victory in the race. Earlier in year 2012 Sir Bradley Wiggin became the
    first Briton to win Tour de France. The Tour de France is an annual
    multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France while also occasionally

    making passes through nearby countries. The race was first organized in
    1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L'Auto.

   India continues to reign at the top of the table in International

    Cricket Council’s latest ODI ranking released on 25 July 2013. With
    122 rating points, India is the number one team followed by Australia
    with 114 and England with 112 points. The latest ODI rankings were

    released by the ICC in Dubai. Among the batsmen, South Africa’s Hashim
    Amla replaces countryman AB Devilliers at the top. India’s Virat Kohli has
    maintained his position at number three while skipper Dhoni is at number



   32 Year old Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis was inducted in
    Tennis Hall of Fame on 13 July 2013. With the induction she became

    the fourth youngest members to be included in the tennis hall of fame.,
    followed by Tracy Austin (30), Bjorn Borg (31) and Hana Mandlikova
    (32).She had won three Australian Open titles (1997, 1998, 1999), one

    Wimbledon (1997) and a US Open title (1997). She held the number one
    ranking for 209 weeks. She also won nine grand slam doubles titles and a
    mixed doubles title.

   The clamour may have been for Sachin Tendulkar, but the Sports
    Ministry has recommended hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand for
    the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civillian honour. "The letter
    recommending Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand has already been sent to
    the Prime Minister," Sports secretary P. K. Deb said."The Ministry has only
    recommended Dhyan Chand's name for the highest honour," he added.

    Before for the hockey wizard can be conferred the award posthumously,
    the recommendation, sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will be
    studied before it goes for approval to President Pranab Mukherjee. Dhyan
    Chand won three gold medals at the Olympics – 1928 in
    Amsterdam, 1932 in Los Angeles and 1936 in Berlin. He passed
    away in 1979. The government, in 2011, ignored a plea of 82 Members

    of Parliament, who recommended Dhyan Chand's name for the Bharat
    Ratna, but in January 2012, the Ministry itself forwarded his name along
    with that of Olympic      gold medallist   shooter Abhinav Bindra and

    mountaineer Tenzing Norgay for the award. And, Tendulkar was not
    considered as the Board of Control for Cricket in India had not
    recommended him.

   Former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta has won the 19th
    edition of Commonwealth Chess Championship title, Which held at
    Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth in Republic of South Africa. The South

    African President Jacob Zuma handed the Gold medal to 23 year old


    Abhijeet Gupta. So far, Abhijeet has won 20 medals representing India at
    World, Asian and Commonwealth Chess Championships in sub-junior,

    junior and senior categories. Nearly 900 participants from 29 countries
    participated in the event. Amongst the women in the open section, WGM
    Soumya     Swaminathan       won    the    Silver, while   national   women’s

    champion Mary Ann Gomes won the bronze. The Indians also clean
    swept the junior section with G. Akash winning the gold, Sahaj Grover
    getting the silver and Rakesh Kulkarni ending with the bronze medal.

   Two of the sport’s biggest names Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell had
    failed   drugs   tests   and    tested    positive   for   an   Unidentified
    Substance at an out-of-competition test on 16 May 2013. 30 years
    old Gay is the second fastest man of all time and has run the three
    quickest 100m times of 2013, but tested positive for an unnamed
    substance. Asafa Powell on the other hand has clocked 9.88s but was not

    selected in Jamaica World Championships team to travel to Moscow in
    August 2013.The banned drug is named oxilofrine and is a stimulant
    used to boost the body's ability to burn fat. It helps athletes to boost their
    power-to-weight ratio with more lean muscle and less fat, and so increase
    their speed.

   India on 11 July 2013 won the West Indies Tri-Nation Series 2013 – Final

    after defeating SriLanka with 1 wicket at Port of Spain in Trinidad.
    Mahendra Singh Dhoni captained the Indian Side in the tri-nation series,
    whereas, AD Mathews was the captain of the Sri Lanka. Player of the

    match won by MS Dhoni (India),whereas,Player of the series won by B
    Kumar (India)

   Former Australia spinner Shane Warne will be inducted into the

    ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on July 19 during the tea interval of the
    second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord's. Warne
    becomes the 69th male member of the Hall of Fame, and joins fellow

    2012-13 inductees Brian Lara of the West Indies, England's Enid Bakewell


    and former Australia team-mate Glenn McGrath in being recognised by
    the ICC and the living members of the Hall of Fame.Lara and Bakewell

    were inducted last year at the ICC Awards in Colombo in September, and
    McGrath during the Sydney Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in
    January this year. Warne represented Australia in 145 Tests between

    1992 and 2007, claiming 708 Test wickets at an average of 25.41. He was
    the first cricketer to reach 700 Test scalps.He also played in 194 ODIs,
    claiming 293 wickets at an average of 25.73 and was part of the Australia

    side that won the World Cup in 1999 at Lord's against Pakistan alongside
    fellow Hall of Famers Glenn McGrath and Steve Waugh.

   Lajja Goswami on 9 July 2013 won silver medal in women's 50-
    metre Rifle 3 Position event at the ISSF World Cup in Granada,
    Spain. Petra Zublasing of Italy won the gold after scoring 459.1 in the
    medal round. 24-year-old Lajja Goswami, hails from Gujarat and is a

    silver medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Lajja Goswami had
    teamed up with Tejaswani Sawant to win silver in pairs 50-m rifle 3
    position at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.

   In the Women's Singles category of Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli of
    France on 6 July 2013 won her maiden Grand Slam title. 23rd seed
    Sabine Lisicki of Germany lost to Bartoli andin the finals, 1-6, 4-6. Marion

    Bartoli is 28 years old. She is the fifth oldest woman to become a first
    time major winner in the Open Era. While, Andy Murray on 7 July 2013
    defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 at Center

    Court of London to become the first Briton in 77 years to win the
    Men’s Singles Title at Wimbledon 2013. Wimbledon was held from 24
    June to 7 July 2013 in London. The 26-year-old became the Britain’s first

    male winner after almost eight decades, to win the championship. Earlier
    it was Fred Perry, who won the Championship in 1936.Daniel Nestor of
    Canada and Kristina Mladenovic of France defeated Bruno Soares


    of Brazil and Lisa Raymond of USA to win Mixed Doubles – Final at
    Centre Court.

   Andy    Murray    ended     Britain's   agonizing   77-year   wait   for   a
    Wimbledon men's singles champion on 7 July, when he destroyed
    world number one Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in the blistering

    heat of the All England Club. The 26-year-old became the country's
    first male winner since Fred Perry in 1936. It was Murray's second Grand
    Slam title to follow his breakthrough triumph at the US Open in 2012
    which followed his Olympic gold medal as well as a heartbreaking, tearful
    loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.

   In the Women's Singles category of Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli of

    France on 6 July 2013 won her maiden Grand Slam title. 23rd seed
    Sabine Lisicki of Germany failed to match Bartoli and lost in title clash in
    straight sets, 1-6, 4-6. Marion Bartoli is presently French no. 1. She has

    won one singles major, seven other Women's Tennis Association singles
    titles and three doubles titles.

   Brazil won the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 on 30 June
    2013 against Spain in the final match. Brazil won 3-0 against FIFA World
    Cup holders Spain. On the Brazilian side, two goals were scored by Fred
    and one was scored by Neymar. Brazil won the FIFA Confederations

    Cup for the third time.Earlier, it had won the Cup in the year 2005 in
    South Africa, 2009 in Germany and 1997 in Saudi Arabia. Fernando José
    Torres of Spain was awarded with the Golden Boot Award, while

    Fred of Brazil won the Silver Boot Award. The Bronze Boot Award was
    given away to Neymar. Italy defeated Uruguay on penalties and secured
    the third place. The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the ninth cup, held

    at Brazil from 15 June to 30 June 2013.


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