NEW DELHI: The women’s 4x400m relay team comprising Jauna Murmu, Ashwini Akkunji, Anilda Thomas and MR Poovamma improved its world ranking to 15, clocking 3:31.39 sec at the PTS Grand Prix held at Samorin, Slovakia on Sunday. The top-16 teams in the world get the Rio Olympic Games ticket.
The quartet posted a season-best time on way to winning gold. After Slovakia, India’s average time in the event is 3:30.24 sec. Last year, the team had clocked 3:29.08 during the world athletics meet at Beijing. The average of two fastest times before the deadline of July 11 will be considered for Olympics qualification. India is now ranked 15 while Japan is at 16th spot.
SHIV KAPUR FINISHES 45TH
STOCKHOLM: Shiv Kapur, still battling the effects of a viral fever, finished a disappointing four over 76 for a tied 45th place at the Nordea Masters golf tournament, here on Sunday.
Kapur, who has been unwell since Thursday had rounds of 74, 68, 74 and 76. He had four bogeys and no birdies on the final day.
Matthew Fitzpatrick won his second European Tour title at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club as he eased to a three-shot victory at the Nordea Masters.
The Englishman came into the final day with a five-shot advantage.
SHAMKIR: Grandmaster and former world junior champion P Harikrishna suffered a shock defeat at the hands of local hopeful Safarli Eltaj in the ninth and final round of Shamkir chess tournament here.
Playing white, Harikrishna had everything under control and was in a much better position but the Indian went haywire with an optical blunder that cost him a rook for a minor piece and eventually the game.