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PV Sindhu makes it to the finals at Rio Olympics, Expectning a gold medal

All eyes are at Shuttler P V Sindhu after she defeated Nozomi Okuhara, her higher ranked Japanese opponent in the semifinals. Now, P V Sindhu will take on the two-time World champion and currently ranked world No.1 , Carolina Marin of Spain to bring pride to her nation.

P V Sindhu enters finals of Rio Olympics 2016, expects a gold

 A medal is assured for India.

• If she wins in the final, it will be a gold medal else a silver medal.

• She has also now bettered Saina Nehwal’s feat of bronze medal at London 2012 Olympics.

•  Born on July 5th 1995, She is a 21 year old Shuttler hailing from Hyderabad, Telengana.

P V Sindhu's score in Rio Olympics 2016 :

Pre-Quarters : Defeated Tai Tzu yang with a score of 21-13, 21-15

Quarter Finals : Defeated Wang Yihan of China (Rank 2) with a score of 22-20, 21-19

Semi-Finals: Defeated Nozomi Okuhara with a score of 21-19, 21-10

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Wrestler Sakshi Malik grabs first medal for India at Rio Olympics

Sakshi Malik, 23 year old freestyle wrestler hailing from Rohtak won India’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics by clinching the bronze in the 58 kilogram category.

Sakshi Malik grabs bronze in Rio Olympics 2016

•   She became the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal.

•   This is the first time a women is getting medal from India in wrestling event.

•   In the playoff bout, Sakshi defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan by 8-5 points.

•   With this she becomes only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal. Weight-lifter Karnam Malleshwari was the first Indian to win an Olympic medal.

•   She had won a bronze medal in weight lifting event at the 2000 Sydney Games. Boxer MC Marykom and Badminton star Saina Nehwal also had won a bronze medal each in respectively at the 2012 London Games.

•   Olympic medals in Wrestling Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal was India’s fifth wrestling medal in overall at the Olympic Games till date.

•   KD Jadhav , Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt are the other wrestlers winning medal at Olympics earlier.

A bried about Sakshi Malik :

Born on September 3, 1992 in Rohtak district of Haryana.She had started her training in wrestling at an early age of 12 years under the support of Ishwar Dahiya at an akhara in the Chotu Ram stadium. She has won bronze medal at the 2010 Junior World Championships in the 59-kg category, Gold medal at the 2014 Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament (60-kg). She also has won silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, bronze medal in 2015 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha and bronze medal at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix in 60-kg category.


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India becomes no 1 ranked Test team in the world

India became the top-ranked Test side in the world after Australia slipped to joint third following a 0-3 whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka today. 
•    Pakistan has risen to number two, having drawn their four-Test series against England. India will, however, need to win their last Test against the West Indies to retain their top ranking.
•    Australia has conceded its number-one ranking to India after Sri Lanka made a clean sweep of the three-Test series in Colombo on Wednesday.
•    Australia had arrived in Colombo in number-one position on 118 points. 
•    But following loses by 106 runs in Pallekele, 229 runs in Galle and 163 runs in Colombo, Australia has joined England on 108 points but is ranked above Alastair Cook’s side, while Sri Lanka has jumped to 95 points.
•    ndia had started the year as the top-ranked side before Australia reclaimed the position following its 2-0 win over New Zealand in New Zealand.

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Japanese gymnast breaks 44 year old record in Rio

Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura became the first man in 44 years to retain his Olympic gold medal in men's all-around gymnastics, when he won the Rio event on Wednesday. 
•    Uchimura, who won silver in Beijing 2008, is only the fourth man worldwide to achieve the feat and the first since compatriot Sawao Kato, who did it in 1972.
•    Uchimura became only the fourth man, and the first since his compatriot Sawao Kato in 1972, to win successive golds in the event that tests skills across six apparatus.
•    He won with a total of 92.365. 
•    Max Whitlock becomes the first British man in over a century to win a medal in the event after picking up bronze with a total of 90.641.
•    Kōhei Uchimura is a Japanese artistic gymnast. 
•    He is a seven-time Olympic medalist, winning three gold and four silvers, a 19-time World medalist and is considered by many to be the greatest gymnast of all time.

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Simone 1st Afro-American lady to win swimming gold

Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to capture an Olympic gold medal in swimming.
•    The 20-year-old Manuel upset world-record holder Cate Campbell and tied with Penny Oleksiak of Canada at the Rio Games on Thursday.
•    Campbell was on pace to take her world record even lower when she made the turn out front, with little sister Bronte right behind her. 
•    But the Australian siblings, who teamed up to lead their country to gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay, couldn't hang on. Bronte faded to fourth, and Cate dropped all the way to sixth at the finish.
•    Manuel's victory took on extra significance in a sport that still has few people of color, especially in light of the racial divide in her country. 
•    Until now, Cullen Jones had been the face of swimming for minorities in America, having won two golds and two silvers at the last two Olympics.
•    But Jones failed to make the U.S. team this year in what could have been his final attempt.

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Aussie women won 1st ever rugby Olympics gold

Australia absorbed the expected early battering from New Zealand before winning the first Olympic gold medal in rugby sevens with a 24-17 victory in the women's final.
•    Rugby is back in the Olympics for the first time since 1924, but in the condensed sevens format and with men's and women's competitions.
•    The world sevens series-winning Aussie women took the first Olympic honors in 92 years with an unbeaten run in Rio de Janeiro, setting it up with two tries in each half to establish a 24-5 lead.
•    Kayla McAlister scored the first try for New Zealand but the Australians rallied with tries from Emma Tonegato and Evania Pelite before half-time.
•    A yellow card for New Zealand star Portia Woodman at the end of the first half resulted in a significant momentum swing for the Australians.
•    Pelite ran on to a long, floating pass from Alicia Quirk and scored in the corner on the stroke of halftime, moments after Woodman was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.
•    Canada won the bronze medal with Ghislaine Landry scoring two tries and landing four conversions in a 33-10 win over Britain.

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Real Madrid won UEFA Super Cup 2016 title

Spanish giants Real Madrid have come back from a goal down to defeat Sevilla 3-2 at the Lerkendal Stadium and win the UEFA Super Cup.
•    The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match organized by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. 
•    It takes place at the start of the domestic season, in mid-August, normally on a Tuesday.
•    Real Madrid Club de Fútbol commonly known as Real Madrid, or simply as Real outside Spain frontiers, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain.
•    Founded in 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the team has traditionally worn a white home kit since inception. 
•    The word Real is Spanish for Royal and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem. 
•    The team has played its home matches in the 85,454-capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in downtown Madrid since 1947.
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Women archers in quarter final but shooter Heena flops

The women's archery team made it to the quarter final by edging out Colombia 5-3.
•    The women's archery team of Laishram Bombayla Devi, Laxmirani Majhi and Deepika Kumari made the quarters of the recurve event .
•    This was the first time that the women archers had advanced to round two after their poor display in London four years ago when Denmark ousted them in round one. Bombayla and Deepika were part of that team.
•    The trio was to face Russian in the quarter-finals later.
•    However, the Indian shooters' unimpressive run continued unabated with Heena crashing out of the women's 10m air pistol qualification round by finishing way behind the leaders in the 14th position out of 44 competitors.
•    2010 Guangzhou Asian Games silver medallist shot an overall 380.
•    Heena, who had finished 12th in her maiden Olympics in 2012 London Games, failed to recover from a poor start and became the fourth shooter to be eliminated in day two of the competition.
•    Russia's Vitalina Batsarashkina topped the qualification round with a score of 390. 

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35 Sportspersons from Indian Railways to participate in Rio Olympics

With a rich sports heritage, Indian Railways’ sports persons are again set to bring more laurels to the nation. Continuing its run of glory in country’s sports arena, around 35 sports persons from Indian Railways will represent the nation in forthcoming XXXI Olympic Games being held at Rio, Brazil from 5-21 August, 2016. Indian railways’ contingent comprises of 1/3rd of the entire Indian Olympic contingent thus becoming the biggest contributor amongst all sports organizations in the country. In fact almost the entire Indian women hockey team comprises of Railway players, as is the weightlifting team. 
Sportspersons participating in Rio Olympics-2016 from Indian Railways are: 
•  Archery:
1.      Ms. Laxmirani Majhi,
2.      Ms. L. Bombayla Devi,
•  Athletics:
3.      Ms. Manpreet Kaur (Shot Put) [DMW], 
4.      Ms. Lalita Babar (3000m Steeplechase) [CR],
5.      Ms. Tintu Luka (800m) [SR],
6.      Ms. Sudha Singh (Marathon) [CR],
7.      Ms. OP Jaisha (Marathon) [ER],
8.      Ms. Khushbir Kaur (Walk) [NR],
9.      Ms. Dutee Chand (100m) [CR],
10.  Shri Lalit Mathur (4x400m Relay)
11.  Shri Renjit Maheswari (Triple Jump)
•  Boxing :
12.  Shri Manoj Kumar (Boxing Men-64 Kg),
•         Shooting:
13.  Ms. Ayonika Paul (10m Air Rifle)
•  Wrestling:
14.  Shri Hardeep Singh (Greeko-Roman),
15.  Ms. Vinesh Phogat and
16.  Ms. Sakshi Malik (Free-Style).
17.  Shri Praveen Rana
•  Swimming:
18.  Shri Sajan Prakash
•  Weight Lifting:
19.  Ms. Saikom Mirabhai Chanu
20.  Shri Satish Kumar
•  Hockey Women:
21.  Ms. Rajani,
22.  Ms. Sunita Lakra,
23.  Ms. Deepika, 
24.  Ms. Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam,
25.  Ms. Namita Toppo,
26.  Ms. Deep Grace Ekka,
27.  Ms. Renuka Yadav
28.   Ms. Lilima Minz,
29.  Ms. Navjot Kaur,
30.  Ms. Monika,
31.  Ms. Poonam Rani,
32.  Ms. Vandana Kataria,
33.  Ms. Anuradha Devi Thokchom,
34.  Ms. Nikki Pradhan
•  Hockey Men:
35.  Shri Chinglensana Singh
1.      Shri C R Kumar (Hockey Women)
2.      Ms. Helen Mary (Hockey Women)
3.      Ms. PT Usha (Athletics)
4.      Shri Kuldeep Malik (Wrestling)
5.      Shri Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting)
6.      Shri Jagdip Hooda (Boxing)

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India to host Kabaddi World Cup in October 2016

International Kabaddi Federation on 31 July 2016 selected India to host The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup. The World Cup featuring 12 countries is scheduled to be held in October 2016, the dates for the event will be announced later.
•    Participants of the tournament include India, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya.
•    Kabaddi became a part of Asian Games in the year 1990 and India has won all the gold medals since.
•    Official broadcaster Star Sports was selected to broadcast the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup
•    President of International Kabaddi Federation  Janardan Singh Gehlot
•    Kabaddi originated from India and is the one of the most popular games of Asia.
•    It is probably the only game which requires ground and a whistle only.
•    It came on international Map during SAF Games Dhaka in 1985.
•    Kabaddi saw its major breakthrough in 1990 when it was included in the Asian Games during 11th Asian Games at Beijing-China in 1990, since then Kabaddi is a regular discipline in Asian Games.
•    Kabaddi was included in Asian Indoor Games during 2nd Asian Indoor Games at Macau-SAR China in 1997.
•    Kabaddi achieved one more success when it was included in Asian Beach Games during 1st Asian Beach Games at Bali-Indonesia in 1998 and that too for Men & Women both.
•    It is the only game being played in all the 3 versions of Asian Games i.e. Asian Games, Asian Indoor Games and Asian Beach Games
•    Women Kabaddi was included in Asian Games during 16th Asian Games at Guangzhou in 2010.

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