DOHA (Qatar): Birthday boy Deepak Kumar secured India’s 10th Olympic quota in shooting while Manu Bhaker claimed the women’s 10 metres air pistol gold medal in the 14th Asian Championship in Doha today.
Congratulations Birthday Boy #TOPSAthlete @shooterdeepakk on winning an Olympic quota in men’s 10m air rifle and winning a bronze medal at the #AsianShooting C’ships. Many congratulations.#KheloIndia@KirenRijiju @KirenRijiju @DGSAI @PIB_India @PMOIndia @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/86ceeHh4TC
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Deepak gifted himself a bronze medal in men’s 10 metres air rifle on the opening day of the championship. Deepak shot 227.8 in the eight-man final to finish third on the podium and add to India’s quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Later in the day, Bhaker shot 244.3 to win the top prize in her event. The Haryana sensation had already secured an Olympic quota at the Munich World Cup in May.
Deepak is the second Indian shooter to earn an Olympic quota in the men’s 10 metres air rifle event after Divyansh Singh Panwar, who secured it in April.
Bowling Great And Former England Captain Bob Willis Passes Away Aged 70
Former England cricket captain regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers of his generation.
LONDON (England): England cricket hero Bob Willis has died, aged 70, after secretly battling cancer for three years. It is understood Willis was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago but never made his illness public.
The Ashes legend and fast-paced bowler played 90 Test matches for England between 1971 and 1984 and took 325 wickets. He was an integral member of the iconic Ashes-winning England team of 1981, claiming a memorable 8 for 43 in the team’s come-from-behind victory in the third Test at Headingley.
Willis was the best English fast bowler of his generation, and also the staunchest. When others defected, first to play for Kerry Packer’s rival circuit and then to comfort the banned white South Africans, Bob was always there for the English Cricket Board (ECB) — whenever his legs would carry him.
Willis played for Surrey, Warwickshire and England during an illustrious career.
He was famed for his long run-up and currently stands as England’s fourth-best all-time wicket-taker behind Jimmy Anderson, Ian Botham and Stuart Broad. With his long run-up, a sprint across 30 yards that earned him the nickname ‘Goose’, Willis offered a compelling sight with the ball in hand. Termed ”a tremendous trier” by Botham, he fought his way back after suffering multiple injuries to both his knees in 1975.
His health deteriorated over the last two months after a scan revealed cancer had advanced.
In a statement, his family said: “We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an incredible husband, father, brother and grandfather.
“He made a huge impact on everybody he knew and we will miss him terribly.”
His family has asked for donations to be made to Prostate Cancer UK in his memory.
Sri Lankan Cricket Legend Muralitharan Appointed As Governor Of Northern Province
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had personally invited Muralitharan to accept the post of the Governor.
COLOMBO (Sri Lanka): Sri Lankan cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan is among the new Governors tipped to be appointed to three provinces shortly by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Presidential Secretariat sources revealed that the former ace spinner is to be appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province, while Anuradha Yahampath to be appointed as the Governor of the Eastern Province and Prof. Tissa Vitharana to be appointed as the Governor of the North Central Province.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had personally invited Muralitharan to accept the post of the Governor of the Northern Province.
Anuradha Yahampath is the chairperson of the Nationalist Entrepreneurs Association and a Director of a reputed garment export company.
Prof. Tissa Vitharana is a former Minister and the leader of the LSSP. He had held the post of chairman of the Medical Research Institute over a long period and is also a specialist Doctor on Virus diseases.
Muralitharan married Madhimalar Ramamurthy, a Chennai native, in March 2005. He was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2002. He retired from Test cricket in 2010.
Manu Bhaker Wins Women’s 10m Air Pistol Gold With New Junior World Record
It is also India’s first gold this year at the ongoing tournament.
PUTIAN (China): India’s Manu Bhaker scripted history at World Cup Finals in Women’s 10m Air Pistol event as she bagged India’s first gold medal in the tournament this year. Bhaker has now become the second Indian after Heena Sidhu to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup final.
The 17-year-old Bhaker shot 244.7 to claim the top prize in the season-ending tournament of International Shooting Sport Federation at Putian in China today. In the process, she also created a new junior world record.
Her compatriot, Yashaswini Singh Deswal finished sixth in the final of the event.
Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic won the silver while Quian Wang of China bagged the bronze.
In the men’s 10m air pistol event, Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary qualified for the final. Verma topped the qualifications with 588 while Chaudhary was seventh with 581.
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