India's heartening effort at the London Olympics has raised the sports ministry's hopes that the country will emerge as a sporting power by the 2020 Olympics, Saurabh Duggal reports.
I had a good feeling going into this year's Delhi Half Marathon — my annual effort to push a middle-aged body beyond its comfort zone.
The field was excellent in the elite men's group, there were at least 10 sub-60 runners, and there were huge expectations. Experts were hoping for a blistering run; one which would shatter the record of 59:15.
Braving hot and humid conditions, Kenya's Edwin Kipyego emerged victorious in the men's elite category, while Ethiopia's Yimer Wude won the women's title of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, here today.
Kavita Raut, the country's leading woman distance runner, isn't addicted to road racing. She is more at home on the track. Nonetheless, whenever opportunity rises, even if the distance is 21km - the longest track race she runs is 10,000m, she performs with enthusiasm.
The South Municipal Corporation on Monday offered tax exemption to silver-medalist Sushil Kumar on any one property in Delhi.
Railways lifted the overall trophy in the 52nd National Open Athletics Championships in Chennai on Thursday. Services finished runners-up, and the ONGC were third.
International high jumper Jithin C Thomas of Services set a new meet record while Olympian shot putter Om Prakash suffered defeat on the third day of the 52nd Open National athletics championships.
Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda was accorded a warm welcome at the international airport in New Delhi on his arrival from the London Paralympic Games, where he won a silver in the Men's High Jump F42 event.
Fed up with the government's lack of support, Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda almost quit athletics. He wanted to take up a job and settle down. Had it not been for his coach's support, he would have been working in some nondescript town of Karnataka. Priya Mahindroo reports.
Disappointed at not winning gold for India in the recent London Olympics, wrestler Sushil Kumar today said if he had attacked the Japanese opponent first then he could have easily defeated him in the final.
The world's fastest man Jamaica's Usain Bolt, who claimed three gold medals at the London Olympics, has said he is considering switching sprinting for long jump before the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Delhi government has decided to enhance award announced for London Olympics silver medal winner wrestler Sushil Kumar from Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 2 crore. The proposal was cleared by the Cabinet on Thursday.
The cricketing world may soon get a player impossible to run out - Usain Bolt. The world's fastest man may play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League, with spin king Shane Warne leading the campaign to bring him to Australia.
Ram Singh Yadav, India's lone entrant in men's marathon, failed to replicate the feat through which he qualified for the Olympic Games on the winding streets of London as he finished a distant 78th from 105 starters on Sunday.