Tournaments best shooter Chandela wins another gold

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 7 (PTI) Indias Apurvi Chandela shot her way to a second successive gold medal and emerged as the Shooter of the Tournament in the Swedish Cup Grand Prix in Savsjo, Sweden. The 23-year-old Chandela shot 208.9 in the final to clinch the top prize in womens 10-metre tri-series event. Chandela, who had secured a quota for the Rio Olympics, won her first gold medal of the tournament late Tuesday with a world record score of 211.2, to surpass the feat of Chinese Olympic gold medallist Yi Siling (211). For her outstanding performance in the tournament, the rising shooter was awarded a Walther rifle, besides being crowned the best shooter (men and women combined). After giving a tough fight to Chandela, Norways Malin Westerheim won the silver with a score of 208.4, while another shooter from her country bagged the bronze after managing 186.1. In qualifications, Chandela shot 416.1 and was on fourth, and fought like a champion to emerge victorious in what was a tri-series match. On the first day on Monday, Chandela was ranked 10th. Having missed the train, she waited unsuccessfully for a bus when the temperature plummeted to -10 degree celsius, before reaching the venue through a road covered in snow. The result marked a positive start for Chandela ahead of the multi-sport extravaganza in Rio. Chandela had clinched the gold in the National Championships held last month. She had won an Olympic quota place for India after winning a bronze in the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea in April last year. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Dharamsala track will make Indian team nervous, says Mitchell Johnson

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson feels that Indian team will be “nervous” considering the pacer-friendly conditions of Dharamsala where Steve Smith and his boys should feel more confident.”Dharamsala is an amazing ground and the only times I have seen it are with grass on (the pitch). So I think that’s why the Australians will probably be confident and India will be a little bit nervous. I think they’ve been overconfident in this series and I think the scoreline shows that,” Johnson told Fox Sports. (Also read: Mitchell Johnson, Shane Warne take a dig at Virat Kohli’s Team India after Ranchi draw)The Aussie pace bowling great feels that Pune Test hero Steve O’Keefe may have to make way for Jackson Bird in seamer-friendly conditions when the fourth Test gets underway from Saturday.”I think we’re going to lose a spinner out of this Test match,” he said. (Also read: Comparing Virat Kohli to Donald Trump? What a load of shit is that: Michael Clarke to India Today)”The spinners have been great throughout the series. There’s been a lot of pressure on the spinners to go out there and perform and I think they’ve had some good patches and some bad patches. But that’s the game. It’s a tough one because they have both had their moments in this series, but I think you have got to go with experience. (Also read: WATCH: Team India lands in Dharamsala for series finale)”I think Nathan Lyon will get a lot more bounce and he has been turning the ball quite nicely. But then again, you’ve got to look at left and right-hand combinations,” Johnson said.advertisementJohnson feels that Bird will be more suitable for Dharamsala track.”If it’s more of an Australian kind of wicket, I think you’ll see Nathan Lyon bowl and Bird come in as the third quick.”Johnson, a veteran of 73 Tests is happy that Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh saved the game for Australia providing them with psychological advantage.”(The result in Ranchi) gives Australia a huge advantage I think. For them (India) to know that it’s not about Steve Smith and David Warner, other guys in the team can perform and can play out for a draw. They dug in and played exceptional cricket.””They (Australia) will be pumped after that. Even though it was only a draw, to them it will feel very good and very positive. Because they have collapsed a lot in the past. That’s why I’m confident Australia will win.”last_img read more