India’s Anjum Moudgil put aside the disappointment of a subdued outing in her home World Cup by breaching the final qualification mark in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event of the European Championship here today. Participating in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section as a guest invitee as part of India’s 13-member Olympics-bound squad, Moudgil shot a score of 1173, a huge improvement from the 1162 she shot in the New Delhi World Cup in March. The seasoned Tejaswini Sawant, the second Indian in the fray, also had a decent outing, finishing with a score of 1172. While Moudgil finished third in the 16-strong MQS section, Tejaswini was a spot below at fourth.
Olympics-bound rowers cancel foreign tour
Olympics-bound rowers Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh have decided to cancel their five-week exposure trip to Portugal due to a mandatory two-week hard quarantine period they would have had to serve upon reaching the European country. The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) had last week sanctioned Rs 21 lakh for their training at Portugal’s Pocinho High Performance Centre ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games. However, the rowers deciding against travelling as they did not want to lose crucial practice time because of the quarantine rule. Arjun and Arvind have qualified for the Olympics in the men’s lightweight double sculls event.
GM Iniyan pips Gukesh to win World Cup qualifier
Indian Grandmaster P Iniyan today qualified for the FIDE World Cup by winning the AICF World Cup qualifier online chess tournament. Iniyan and fellow GM from Tamil Nadu, D Gukesh, had finished on 12.5 points each after 17 rounds. However, the 18-year-old took the top prize since he had beaten Gukesh in Round 14. The FIDE World Cup will be held at Sochi in Russia from July 10. “The win over Gukesh who was playing really well, was an important one and gave me a lot of confidence,” Iniyan said.
Malvika ends Austrian Open campaign with quarters loss
Indian shuttler Malvika Bansod gave a good account of herself at the Austrian Open International Series despite a narrow defeat against top seed Clara Azurmendi of Spain in the quarterfinals here. The 19-year-old from Nagpur bounced back from a game down to grab the second game before going down 17-21 21-15 19-21 against world No. 71 Clara. Agencies