Top Indian swimmer Srihari Natarajan won the gold medal but missed the Olympics ‘A’ qualification time in the 100m backstroke event at the Uzbekistan Open Championship. The-20-year-old, who had achieved the ‘B’ standard for the Tokyo Games in 2019, won gold in 54.07s. The ‘A’ cut is 53.85s. A ‘B’ mark means the swimmer will receive an invitation to Tokyo if the available quota places are not filled. Maana Patel won the women’s 100m backstroke gold ahead of compatriot Suvana Baskar. Sajan Prakash bagged his third gold of the event in the 400m men’s freestyle event. Shivani Kataria won gold in the women’s 400m freestyle. Chandigarh’s Chahat Arora won gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke event.
Aditi cards 69 for season’s best start
India’s Aditi Ashok carded three birdies on the first five holes to get off to her best start of the 2021 LPGA season with a 3-under 69 in the first round of the Lotte Championship golf tournament. Aditi was tied-27, five shots behind co-leaders Britanny Altomare and Filipina Yuka Saso.
Evans stuns Djokovic, Nadal eases into quarters
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he felt “awful” on court during the straight-set defeat against Britain’s Dan Evans at the Monte Carlo Masters today and the performance was one of his worst in many years. Evans won 6-4 7-5 in the last-16 clash. Later, Rafa Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-1 6-1 to enter the quarterfinals.
Man City, Real Madrid enter Champions League semis
Manchester City ended their run of failures in the Champions League quarterfinals, beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 for a 4-2 aggregate win. Meanwhile, a 0-0 draw at Anfield protected a 3-1 advantage from the first leg as Read Madrid eased past Liverpool. Agencies