Praveen Chitravel Clinches Bronze Triple Jump at Youth Olympic Games

Praveen Chitravel Clinches Bronze Triple Jump at Youth Olympic Games

Indian Triple Jumper Praveen Chitravel has bagged a Bronze medal at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires.

Praveen Chitravel finished in third place behind Cuba’s Alejandro Diaz (17.14m and 17.04) and Nigeria’s Emmeanuel Oritsemeyiwa (16.34m and 15.51 m) to clinch the Bronze medal.

The 17-year-old Praveen Chitravel cleared a distance of 15.68 metres to finish fifth in the Stage 2 competition  but his good showing in Stage 1, where he was third with a jump of 15.84 metres, took him to the podium.  Chitravel is the 2nd individual from India to bag a medal in athletics.

In a new format, there are no finals in track and field (with the exception of 4km cross-country) in the Youth Olympics and each event is held twice, with results from both rounds counting towards the final standings.

Happy had a different feeling, as an exuberant Praveen Chithravel spoke about his Bronze win! His maiden international Medal will ignite a hundred more dreams.

Congratulations to Praveen Chitravel.

India Settles For Silver After Losing in Women’s Hockey 5s at Youth Olympics

India women started the first period well as they attacked hosts Argentina from the opening whistle, and were rewarded after just 49 seconds with in-form Mumtaz scoring to give the team a crucial lead. However, Argentina put the pressure on their opponents to find the equaliser and were successful in their efforts as Gianella Palet (7′) and Sofia Ramallo (9′) scored to turn the match around and help their side to a 2-1 lead at the break.

The second period saw Argentina extend their dominance by holding the ball and not allowing the Indian team to find space or create chances. It was Argentina’s Brisa Bruggesser who had the first real chance of the second period in the 12th minute, and the midfielder made sure to extend the lead to make it 3-1. Argentina, backed by their home support in numbers, made sure that they managed the game well, as they kept possession and saw themselves through to the final whistle to register a historic Gold Medal.

While India tried their best to get back in the game, Argentina held on to win their first Youth Olympic Games Hockey 5s gold medal in front of a jubilant home crowd.

Despite India’s loss in finals they will be pleased to have picked up the silver medal — their first hockey medal in the history of the Youth Olympic Games.



Men hockey team wins silver medal at Youth Olympics 2018

Men hockey team wins silver medal at Youth Olympics 2018

India men’s U18 team came off second best in the final of the Hockey 5s event at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

India men’s team went down 2-4 to Malaysia in the Final of the Hockey 5s competition at the Parque Polideportivo Roca on Sunday. Captain Vivek Sagar Prasad (3′, 6′) scored twice within the first six minutes of the match to give India a 2-1 lead, but the Malaysians struck thrice in the second period through Akhimullah Anuar (14′, 19′) and Arif Ishak (17′) to secure the victory, after Firadus Rosdi (5′) had equalized for them in the first period.

It was India who struck first through Prasad in the 3rd minute. However, Malaysia was not behind for long as Rosdi threatened the Indians in the 5th minute, and struck the equaliser in his second attempt to make it 1-1. Then, Prasad forced a save from the Malaysian goalkeeper Shahrul Saupi in the sixth minute and managed to beat the Malaysian in the same minute to give India the lead again. India ensured no change to the scoring up until the half-time whistle.

But the game completely changed in the second half as Akhimullah Anuar (14th, 19th) scored two goals while Amirul Azahar found the back of the Indian net in the 17th minute to hand Malaysia a commanding 4-2 lead.

From there on it proved to be an uphill task for India as Malaysia defended in numbers and didn’t allow their opponents any inroads into their citadel.

Congratulations to the team.

Tababi Devi bags second medal at Youth Olympics 2018

Tababi Devi bags second medal at Youth Olympics 2018

Tababi Devi Thangjam became India’s first judo athlete to win an Olympic medal – senior or junior – as she grabbed India’s second silver medal at the Youth Olympics 2018 in Buenos Aires on Sunday.

Tababi went down to Venezuela’s Maria Gimenez 11:0s1 in the Women’s -44kg Finals of Judo but created history for India.

Tababi, 2017 Asian Cadet champion hailing from Manipur had a point each going against her on the ippon and waza-ari. She was also handed a penalty point as Gimenez, a Pan American U18 Championships gold medalist, won a historic gold medal for Venezuela after a contest that lasted for two minutes and eight seconds.

In the Round of 16, Tababi inflicted a thumping 10-0 loss over Bhutan’s Yangchen Wangmo. She then managed a close 1s2-0 victory over Kosova’s Erza Muminoviq, who was given two penalty points in the one minute 16 seconds contest.

In the semi-final, Tababi thumped Croatia’s Ana Viktorija Puljiz 10:0s1 as she won a point on the ippon and then the Croatian was handed a penalty point. The contest lasted for three minutes and 33 seconds.

The Manipur athlete became the first judoka to win a medal for India at the Olympics – junior or senior.  Our congratulations to Tababi Devi Thangjam.

Lakshya Sen wins gold in mixed event at Youth Olympics 2018

Lakshya Sen wins gold in mixed event at Youth Olympics 2018

Lakshya Sen win a gold medal in the mixed team event. Sen was part of the ‘Team Alpha’ that beat ‘Team Omega’ 110-106 in the final to take the gold.

However, this gold medal was not added to India’s medal tally.

In fact, Indian players have won 10 medals (four golds and six silvers) at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 while India’s medal tally has only 7 medals (three golds and four silvers) so far.

This is because Indian athletes have won three medals in mixed events. Youth Olympic Games 2018 feature some unusual mixed team event. These events not only mix genders but also mixes athletes of different nationalities.

Our congratulations to Lakshya Sen.

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Lakshya Sen the second Indian shuttler to win Youth Olympic silver medal

Lakshya Sen the second Indian shuttler to win Youth Olympic silver medal

Rising shuttler Lakshya Sen became the second Indian shuttler to win a silver medal from the Youth Olympics  as he went down to fifth seed Li Shifeng 15-21, 19-21 at Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 17-year-old thus emulated World No. 15 HS Prannoy’s feat. The latter had bagged the silver at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

The 17-year-old suffered a 15-21, 19-21 defeat against China’s Shifeng Li in 42 minutes. The fourth seed shuttler showed a solid fighting spirit in the second game as he managed to save four match points to inch closer towards his Chinese opponent. But Li managed to held his nerve together and push for the win without losing a game.

Shifeng took an early lead and raced to 14-5 in no time. Sen made a fine recovery to narrow down the gap to 13-16 but he could not sustain it and Shifeng went ahead 18-13 and then made it 20-14 to have six game points. Though Sen saved one game point, the Chinese won the next one to pocket the first game in 17 minutes.

This is yet another feather in the cap of the young Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy product.  Sen was the fourth seed in the men’s singles event at this tournament and was the favourite going into the final, having already had a couple of wins over the Chinese before.

Congratulations to Lakshya Sen on his achievement.



Wrestler Simran bags silver medal at Youth Olympics 2018

Wrestler Simran bags silver medal at Youth Olympics 2018

Wrestler Simran won a silver medal  in women’s freestyle 43 kg category competition after she lost to Emily Shilson of United States in the final bout.

Simran, who had won a 40kg class bronze in the 2017 Cadet World Championships, lost 6-11 as the American registered a ‘victory by points’ to clinch the gold.  Simran conceded a 2-9 lead to Shilson in the first period and that virtually sealed her fate. The Indian produced a better show in the second period by scoring 4 points as against 2 by her American opponent but that proved to be too little, too late to have any impact on the result of the bout.  The 16-year-old became only the third Indian wrestler to win a medal at the Youth Olympics.

While the youngster tried gymnastics and badminton initially, her father introduced her to wrestling.  Her life, inevitably, revolved around wrestling.   Simran won her first national title in the sub-junior and junior nationals in Srinagar in 2014 before winning the gold in China. She won a silver medal at the Asian Cadet Championships in Bangkok last year before a bronze at the World cadet Championships in Greece the same year. This year has brought a bronze at the Asian Cadet Championships in Tashkent, apart from the sub-junior national title in Pune.

Congratulations to Simran.

Sourabh Chaudhary won gold at the Youth Olympics

Sourabh Chaudhary won gold at the Youth Olympics

Saurabh Chaudhary shot 244.2 to finish on top of the podium. India shooter Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the Youth Olympic Games.  This is India’s third gold medal in Buenos Aires and the fourth medal overall for the shooting contingent. Chaudhary shot 244.2 to ensure a finish on top of the podium eclipsing South Korea’s Sung Yunho by 7.5 points (236.7). Switzerland’s Solari Jason stood third with 215.6.

The 16-year-old from Meerut had been in scintillating form and also topped the qualifying with 580 out of 600.  In the finals, he began on the front foot and maintained a healthy lead of four points over his rivals consistently.  He dominated with scores of 10.7 10.4 10.4 and 10.0.  Chaudhary, an Asian Games and Junior ISSF World Championship gold medallist, also topped the qualifying with 580. Hailing from Kalina village near Meerut, Chaudhary led from start to finish to emerge winner

He is the second Indian to win a shooting medal at the Youth Games and the first male to do so.   Congratulations to Sourabh Chaudhary on his achievement.


Manu Bhaker shoots gold in 10m pistol  at Youth Olympics

Manu Bhaker shoots gold in 10m pistol at Youth Olympics

Manu Bhaker became the first shooter from India to claim a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a spectacular performance.

Manu Bhaker shot 236.5 to stand at the top of the points table in the eight women final 10m air pistol event to clinch gold.   Manu started well by shooting 50.1 after the first five shots.  She was closely followed by the Russian, but despite a few 9s in between, Manu maintained the top position among the finalists till the 18th shot.  Meanwhile, Iana Enina from Russia won the silver medal with a score of 235. 9 and Nino Khutsiberidze settled for the bronze medal. Earlier, Manu Bhaker, who was India’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics, topped the qualifying with 576, which included a series of 95, 96, 96, 96, 95, 98, finishing second and third in the qualification.

This is India’s medal from shooting at the youth Olympic games after Shanu Mane and Mehuli Ghosh.  This medal is a big moral boost for Manu who is 16 years old, as she had missed winning medals at the Asian Games in Palembang and also at the World Championship in Incheon.

The teenager from Jhajjar, Haryana had earlier won gold at the Commonwealth Games ín Gold Coast, Junior World (Sydney)  and the ISSF World Cup in Mexico (Individual and mixed).  Bhaker also bagged a podium finish in the 2017 Asian Junior Championships with a silver medal.

Congratulations Manu Bhaker.

Shooter Mehuli Ghosh settles for silver in 10m air rifle

Shooter Mehuli Ghosh settles for silver in 10m air rifle

Mehuli Ghosh is an Indian sport shooter. She represents India at the international junior shooting championships across the world.  Mehuli settled for a silver medal in the women’s 10m air-rifle shooting event of the Youth Olympic Games.  A 9.1 in the 24th and final shot, after an excellent sequence of high and mid 10s, cost her the gold medal as she eventually settled for the second position with a total of 248.0.

The 18-year-old Indian finished behind Denmark’s Stephanie Grundsoee, who ended with a score of 248.7.  Mehuli had topped the qualifying with a score of 628.8 earlier and led the eight-woman finals field after 10 shots with a score of 104.3, 1.1 ahead of Stephanie. By the 12th shot, which is also the stage where the first of the eight finalists get eliminated, German Anna Janssen had come up to second.

Mehuli then shot a 10.7 for her 22nd and with the final two shots to go, ahead of the Dane by 0.8 as the Serbian Marija settled for bronze. Mehuli took a 0.6 point lead into the final shot but a 9.1, to the Dane’s 10.6, meant that she had to settle for silver.

Congratulations to Mehuli Ghosh, a well deserved medal.

Tababi Devi Thangjam add silver medal to India’s medal tally at youth Olympics:

Tababi Devi Thangjam add silver medal to India’s medal tally at youth Olympics:

Tababi Devi Thangjam stood on the second step on the podium in judo to get a silver medal.  She became the first judoka to win a medal for a country at the Olympics – junior or senior.  Devi had assured herself of at least a silver medal by progressing to the final of the women’s 44kg category.  She was beaten by Maria Gimenez of Venezuela for the gold medal.

The 2017 Asian Cadet champion Tababi, from Manipur, lost out 0-2 to Gimenez who is a Pan American U18 Championships gold medalist. Gimenez scored 1-0 on the ippon, 1-0 on waza-ari and Tababi was handed 1 penalty point. The match was over in 2:08.

India have never won an Olympic medal in judo either at the senior or the youth level.  The 16-year-old defeated Ana Viktorija Puljiz of Crotia 10-0 in the semi-finals.

At the continental level, she is a three-time champion according to the International Judo Federation website.

Many congratulations to our 16 year-old star, Thangjam Tababi Devi for winning a silver medal in the women’s 44 kg Judo event.

Tushar Mane Shooter  bags silver in Youth Olympics

Tushar Mane Shooter bags silver in Youth Olympics

India opened its medal account at the Youth Olympic Games with shooter Tushar Mane bagging a silver in the men’s 10m air rifle on the opening day.

Tushar Mane bagging a silver in the men’s 10m air rifle.  Mane, who qualified third for the final, shot 247.5 to win the silver while Grigorii Shamakov took the gold with 249.2. Aleksa Mitrovic of Serbia won the bronze with a score of 227.9.

It was a close fight among the three finishers till the end and Mane edged out Mitrovic for the silver medal by collecting 228.0 as against 227.9 of the Serbian shooter in the penultimate round. But, the final round was not the best one for the Indian as he shot 9.6 and 9.99 while the eventual gold winner had 10.4 and 10.7.  Grigorii Shamakov took the gold with 249.2.

It was a good start for the four-member shooting squad, which is spearheaded by Manu Bhaker and Mehuli Ghosh.

Congratulations to the young achiever.