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    July 4th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports
    Waltzing to victory: Jerome Kumar Savarimuthu of the Army Yachting Node, Mumbai, who won all three races in the RS:X class on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: G. Ramakrishna

    Waltzing to victory: Jerome Kumar Savarimuthu of the Army Yachting Node, Mumbai, who won all three races in the RS:X class on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: G. Ramakrishna

    His coach optimistic about medal prospects at next year’s Asian Games

    Just as the wind gusted, Jerome Kumar Savarimuthu too did, pumping up the pace. It averaged 10 knots in the opening race, climbed to 15 by the second and soared to 18 by the third. The 26-year-old rarely let down his dagger board, preferring power to precision, surging to victory in all three RS:X races of the Hyderabad Sailing Week senior multi-class regatta at Hussain Sagar on Tuesday.

    “Speed can make up for other mistakes in a race,” Jerome said. “It gives you room to remain ahead of the fleet and chart the course forward,” he added.

    On Tuesday, Jerome’s coach at the Army Yachting Node (AYN), Mumbai was a content man. “Coming to wind shift reading, tacking, gybing or rounding the marks, he’s by far the best in the fleet,” said D.P. Chennaiah. So was he optimistic about his ward’s medal prospects at next year’s Asian Games.

    Interestingly, Jerome trailed in the opening leg of the first race, compatriot Ebad Ali completing the beat first. On the second upwind leg, he overtook Ali and Arjun Reddy on the third. Arjun capsized in the next race’s second beat, which Jerome made the most of to zoom ahead and remain in front till the hooter.

    On song

    By the third race, Jerome was on song. With the winds strong, he pulled up the centre board and rounded the first windward on a single tack.

    Riding the strong drafts that persisted, the boom, foot strap and harness were in perfect harmony as he crossed the finish line a clear 100 metres ahead of his nearest rival.

    The results (provisional):

    RS:X: Race I: 1. Jerome Kumar, 2. K. Arjun Reddy, 3. Ebad Ali (all AYN); II: 1. Jerome, 2. Ebad Ali, 3. Manpreet Singh (AYN); III: 1. Jerome, 2. Manpreet, 3. Arjun.

    Laser Standard: I: 1. Vir Menon (RMYC), 2. Harpreet Singh (AYN), 3. Ramesh Kumar (AYN), II: 1. Mujahid Khan, 2. Harpreet, 3. Kundhan Upadhyay (all AYN); III: 1. Mohit Saini, 2. Mujahid, 3. Ramesh.

    Laser Radial: I: 1. Harpreet Singh, 2. Sharif Khan (both AYN), 3. Deelip Kumar (EMESA); II: 1. Harpreet, 2. Deelip, 3. G. Bhaskar Rao (AYN); III: 1. Harpreet, 2. Abhimanyu Panwar (RMYC), 3. Avinash Yadav (INWTC, Mumbai).

    Laser 4.7: I: 1. M. Koteshwara Rao (Trishna SC), 2. Vivin Vinil (INWTC, Mumbai), 3. Mahesh Balachander (TNSA); II: 1. Ram Milan Yadav (NSS), 2. Ashish S. Roy (Trishna), 3. Vivin; III: 1. Vivin, 2. Ananya Chouhan (EMESA), 3. Koteshwara.

    Finn: 1. Naveen Kumar, 2. Prabhit Bala, 3. Swatantra Singh (AYN); II: 1. Swatantra, 2. Sukhvir, 3. Vivek (all AYN); III: 1. Naveen, 2. Prabhit, 3. Vivek.

    Helm name first, crew next: 470: I: 1. Ayaz Shaikh & Shubham Patel (AYN), 2. Virender Singh & Sudhanshu Shekhar (INWTC), 3. Atul Lande & Mahesh Yadav (AYN); II: 1. Ayaz & Shubham, 2. Virender & Sudhanshu, 3. Praveen Kumar & Ravindra Kumar Sharma (INWTC, Mumbai); III: 1. Ayaz & Shubham, 2. Virender & Sudhanshu, 3. Prabin & Vijay Singh (AYN).

    Hobie 16: I: 1. Kamlesh Kumar Patel & U.B. Rawankar (AYN), 2. Kaushal Kumar Yadav & Girish (AWSA), 3. Pawan Kumar & Nitin (AYN); II: 1. Kaushal & Girish, 2. Pawan & Nitin, 3. Kamlesh & Rawankar; III: 1. Kaushal & Girish, 2. Kamlesh & Rawankar, 3. Pawan & Nitin.

    Enterprise: I: Satish Kumar & Rahul M. Nair (AYN), 2. E. Hemant Kumar & Amit Arvind Shinde, 3. Manoj Kumar & Swardeen (both CESC); II: 1. Satish & Rahul, 2. Ashish Patel & Nagen Behera (EMESA), 3. Rajwant Singh & Mukhtiar Singh (CESC); III: 1. Satish & Rahul, 2. Ashish & Nagen, 3. Rajwant & Mukhtiar.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by A. Joseph Anthony / Hyderabad – July 04th, 2017

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    June 7th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Indian beach volleyball player Master Robin, belongs to a fisherman family at Pazhaiyar village, who got second place, returned from France. | Photo Credit: G. Krishnaswamy

    Indian beach volleyball player Master Robin, belongs to a fisherman family at Pazhaiyar village, who got second place, returned from France. | Photo Credit: G. Krishnaswamy

    Robin’s team returns with runners-up trophy in beach volleyball

    Even after a long journey, R. Robin did not feel tired for a minute talking about his team winning silver medal in beach volleyball competition at Tahiti. The class 11 student and his team-mates, Dharun and Swagath, were runners-up playing against Brazil in the championship conducted by the International School Sports Federation.

    Hailing from a family of fishermen from Pazhaiyar near Sirkazhi, his father V. Ravi is a fish worker, playing beach volleyball came naturally to the youngster. “Having come in 3rd at the national level, we were sent to play at the international level. We made small blunders, which was the reason the other team won. Next time, I will practise harder and win gold,” said the youngster, whose elder brother R. Radhan too came in runners-up in beach volleyball in the State-level recently.

    Robin has been playing beach volleyball for the past three years. “I used to play regular volleyball at school and then someone told us about the beach version. Initially it was difficult playing in the sand and required more energy. We are now used to it. We practise at Nagapattinam in 10-day-long camps,” he said.

    In his first international trip, Robin had the opportunity to go around Tahiti. “It was a very beautiful place,” he added.

    M. Ilango, president, National Fisherfolk Forum, said the government must recognise the students as they have represented the country at the international level. “The children are both from the State and the Chief Minister should appreciate the under-16 winners. The encouragement would help them go to the next step,” he said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Tamil Nadu / by Special Correspondent / Chennai – June 07th, 2017

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    May 28th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion

    Bhavani Devi has also become the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event.

    Bhavani Devi defeated Great Britain’s Sarah Jane Hampson 15-13 in the finals.

    Bhavani Devi defeated Great Britain’s Sarah Jane Hampson 15-13 in the finals.

    Indian fencer C A Bhavani Devi struck gold in the Turnoi Satellite Fencing Championship at Reykjavik (Iceland). Bhavani Devi, who hails from Chennai, defeated Great Britain’s Sarah Jane Hampson 15-13. En route to the final, she also defeated Jessica Corby 15-11 in the semifinal.

    With this win, Bhavani Devi has also become the first Indian to win a gold medal in an international fencing event. She had previously won a silver medal.

    “This is my third time in this competition. I have lost in quarterfinals in previous years. Now I have won my first medal. It is also the first medal in world level competition as I have won medals in Asian and Commonwealth championships,” a delighted Bhavani told PTI from Reykjavik.

    source: / The Indian Express / Home> Sports> Sports Others / by Express Web Desk / May 28th, 2017

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    April 27th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Sports
    S Shrikrishna at a billiards tournament

    S Shrikrishna at a billiards tournament

    Chennai :

    I don’t have fear in my game,” proclaims S Shrikrishna. While this may seem a tad arrogant at first, he explains that it’s just a mantra he follows. “Both my father and coach once told me a line: ‘Don’t fear your opponent, make him fear you’. And that’s exactly what I try to do in every match; it has helped me succeed,” adds the Chennai lad.

    For those wondering, Shrikrishna is the National Junior Billiards champion. His next outing will be the ongoing 12th R Murugesh & Chintamani Memorial all-India Open Snooker Tournament in Erode.

    True to his word, the 17-year-old is not worried about things like his national champion status or the fact that he will be a home favourite in the upcoming tournament. “I don’t let such things bother me. This is the second time I’ll be participating in the Erode event and I know what I’m capable of. My focus is to improve match after match and not worry about what the opponent thinks of me or what strategy they will employ,” says Shrikrishna.

    His initiation into cue sports was when as a 10-year-old he witnessed his parents take to the green table at the Mylapore Club. But what happened after is more interesting. “When I saw my parents play, I knew I wanted to give it a try as well. But at that time the rules said that children below 12 aren’t allowed to play. My father then took the issue to the manager, who allowed me to play a few shots. That is when he realised I was good at it. They changed the rules immediately after,” says Shrikrishna who is a Class 11 student at National Public School, Gopalapuram.

    He performed consistently well, even entering competitions soon enough. “I joined my coach, Nadeem Ahmed at the Tamil Nadu Billiards & Snooker Association (TNBSA) premises soon after the Mylapore Club episode. Unlike others, I started competing a couple months after picking up the stick for the first time. It was only due to the support of my coach and father that this was possible,” he adds.

    Shrikrishna is entering a crucial phase in life; he is going to appear for the Class 12 exams next year. But Shrikrishna has it all figured out. “I can’t take a chance with my boards. The nationals will be next January, and that will be the last event I will participate in before the exam.”

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Ravi Iyer / Express News Service / April 27th, 2017

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    April 27th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion

    Cuddalore :

    A 13-year-old girl from Neyveli, Cuddalore district, clinched silver medal in the Asian youth chess championship held at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. L Jyothsna overcame stiff competition from players from 13 countries, to finish second in the under 14 girls’ category in the Asian event.

    This is her maiden medal in an Asian event in which she lost a round, drew two and won six. She also clinched bronze medal in the Blitz chess championship and finished fifth in the Rapid chess championship of the same meet. Another girl from India, D Jishitha from Andhra Pradesh, who lost a round, drew one and won seven, clinched the gold medal.

    Nurgali Nazerke from Kazakhstan, who lost two rounds, drew three and won four rounds, had to be content with the bronze medal. Indian players fared better in championships, topping the medals tally with 12, followed by the host nation (Uzbekistan) with 10 medals.

    A Class 7 student of St Joseph of Cluny matriculation higher secondary school, Neyveli, Jyothsna was selected to represent the country in her category for the second time in an Asian event after her stellar performance in the national level chess championship organised by the All India Chess Federation at Ahmedabad in 2016, where she bagged the bronze. She could not make a mark at her maiden appearance at the 2016 Asian championship at Mongolia in which another Indian Divya Deshmukh bagged the title in her category.

    After a disappointing performance in the 2016 Asian championship where she finished fourth she was determined to fare well in this year Asian event. A positional player she played exceptionally well overcoming the attacking game of others and secured silver medal. We are happy about her performance and hope she will improve by leaps and bounds in the seasons to come,” said her father K Lakshminarayanan, an executive engineer at the NLC India Limited, while appreciating the company for sponsoring her expenses.

    Jyothsna, whose highest ranking was number two in her category in the country, has been consistently performing well at the national events, winning bronze medal in 2015 (under-11) at Puducherry and finishing fifth in 2013 (under-9) at Chennai, besides bagging last year’s national bronze medal. She had also bagged gold medal (under-11) in the 2015 state level chess championship at Nagappatinam and silver medal (under-13) in the 2013 state level chess championships at Nagercoil.

    Her only ambition is to become a woman grandmaster. “There are seven women grandmasters in the country. I would like to play more open tournaments so that I can face many grandmasters and consistently defeat them to achieve my dream. I have been training more than six hours a day for the last two years,” Jyothsna said.

    Her coach and NLC India Limited deputy chief manager (sports development centre) Fide master A Pavanasam said Jyothsna is a passive but very solid player. “She does not want to lose and hence tends to play for a draw. We are trying to mould her into an attacking player, which will bear more fruits,” Pavanasam said.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Chennai News / by Bosco Dominique / TNN / April 27th, 2017

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    February 25th, 2017adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion
    Prashanth Kota in action at Helios Academy of Marshal Arts in Adyar | Photo Credit: special arrangement

    Prashanth Kota in action at Helios Academy of Marshal Arts in Adyar | Photo Credit: special arrangement

    Prashanth Kota promotes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which is based on the philosophy that strength does not guarantee success

    People often find their life mission in the school of hard knocks. For Prashanth Kota, there is a literality to this statement.

    “There was a point in my life when it was all about wanting to be the biggest and strongest guy in the gym,” recalls Prashanth. This goal ceased to be appealing to Prashanth when he began to train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).

    “On the first day, Cary Edwards, my BJJ trainer at First Impact MMA, tossed me around like my size didn’t matter at all,” he says.

    Following that ‘walloping’ from his trainer, Prashanth knew in his bones that BJJ would make up a big part of his life. And it has. For, today, Prashanth holds a blue belt in BJJ and has competed in international BJJ tournaments. He has won a silver medal at the national level and a bronze medal at the Central Asian level. BJJ has done much for Prashanth and the most significant lesson it has taught him is that the “conventional big body” is not necessary to succeed in martial arts/ sports. BJJ is not about being the strongest and biggest. It’s about having the right technique, timing and leverage, explains Prashanth.

    Driven by the desire to share with others what he has learnt from BJJ, Prashanth started Helios in Adyar.

    Affiliated to the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association, Helios trains people for tournaments and also helps them develop strength irrespective of their build. For his students, Prashanth demystifies the complex sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, breaking it into simple steps that could be easily learnt and practised.

    For Prashanth, BJJ is a way of life, not just a sport. He calls it the ‘BJJ lifestyle’. The ‘sensei’ says, “Taking up BJJ as my full time job is the best decision I have ever made in my life.” Prashanth can be contacted at 8939115522.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / by Varsha Saraogi / February 24th, 2017

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    February 25th, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, Sports
    Srikrishna recieving the Young Achiever award

    Srikrishna recieving the Young Achiever award

    Did you know that the current World Amateur Snooker Champion is a school student  from Chennai?. CE chats with Shrikrishna S on beginning out with tennis and ending up with cue sports

    Chennai :

    From slamming forehands on the tennis court to potting cue balls at the snooker table, young Shrikrishna S has straddled two different games successfully. The Class 11 student of National Public School is the current World Amateur Snooker Champion, the latest addition to his achievements in a short cue sports career. He was recently awarded the Young Achiever Award by Rotary Club of Madras East, where CE caught up with him for a quick chat.

    His foray into cue sports happened by chance. As a child, he was more of a tennis player, but didn’t want to run a lot! He chuckles, and adds. “I chanced upon billiards when I was at the Mylapore Club where I saw my father play. I wanted to give it a try but I was told that children under 12 weren’t allowed in the room.” After some sweet talking, the member-in-charge allowed him to attempt a few balls, which he fortunately potted into the pockets. “After that, they changed the rules and height requirement for me,” he grins.

    Shrikrishna’s father coached him for the first 10 months. When he started showing more promise, Nadeem Ahmed, a professional coach, took over. “He kept pushing me to improve my game and I owe a lot to him. Often, he would discuss techniques with my father and let him teach me rather than do it himself. This helped since my father had his own ideas and techniques,” says Shrikrishna.
    The cueist’s record is testament to his talent. He has won a hat-trick of titles at the National U18 Billiards Championships (2015, 2016, and 2017), the National U18 Snooker Championships (2016, 2017) and also won all 6 titles in State Championships for the second consecutive year. He recently won gold at the IBSF World U21 Billiards Championship in Adelaide, Australia. “Representing the country at an international championship was a novel experience,” he shares. “I always make it a point to set targets for myself. I always try to outperform myself. Even if I lose a match, I will be satisfied if I play to my targets.”

    Shrikrishna also has a regular fitness regimen, swimming daily for two hours. He attributes his weight loss and improvement in game to this and his swimming coach Shanmugham. He acknowledges the sacrifices his parents have made and says they are his personal role models. “Without them, I wouldn’t be a champion — they are my biggest supporters. I’ve also received lots of support from my teachers and faculty at school, where they’ve been very accommodative about studies and exams,” smiles the young champion. For the same reason, his first priority is on finishing his schooling, though he plans to go professional.
    He is also inspired by two great contemporary sportspersons. “My role model is Christiano Ronaldo because he is a good human being. He refuses to have a tattoo because he donates blood, and he’s a lover of all sports! And even though I’ve stopped tennis, I am a big fan of Roger Federer. I often get excited watching his matches!” he grins. “Maybe once I finish with billiards, I can take it up again…” he adds thoughtfully.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Gokul M Nair / Express News Service / February 24th, 2017

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    February 23rd, 2017adminAmazing Feats, Records, All, Sports, World Opinion


    The feat has earned the sensei a Guinness World Records Certificate of Participation

    R. Venkatesan has won gold medals at various international taekwondo championships, but he is extremely proud of his recent achievement, because it’s different from most other achievements he had managed before and it has a connection with Guinness World Records. Recently, Venkatesan, secretary, OMR Taekwondo Academy, won the Guinness World Records Certificate of Participation for exhibiting face kicks for more than a thousand times in an hour at a taekwondo kick tournament.

    While receiving the award at a recent function, the Sensei, who specialises in karate, taekwondo, boxing, kick-boxing, kobudo and silambam, said, “From my childhood, I have wanted to master various martial arts, especially taekwondo. I have learnt yoga and meditation too. Taekwondo develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, stamina, self-control and self-conditioning and improves concentration.”

    According to Venkatesan, this Korean martial art combines combat and self-defence techniques with sport and exercise.

    The taekwondo kick tournament was organised by J. R. International TKD Academy, Andhra Pradesh last year, and around 50 contestants from across the country, including 12 from Tamil Nadu, together exhibited face kicks more than 58,000 times.

    The Sensei has learnt the martial art from John Alexander, secretary general, Association of Tamil Nadu Taekwondo, and his students have won gold, silver and bronze medals at several tournaments including the 17th State Taekwondo Championship conducted at the SDAT Ground in Tiruvallur in January 2017; the 36th National Taekwondo Championship conducted in Dehradun in November 2016; and Speed Power International Taekwondo Championship conducted in Malaysia in 2015.

    “I wish my students represent the country at the Olympics,” says Venkatesan, who is an executive committee member of Association of Tamil Nadu Taekwondo and can be reached at 9841306396 and 9500020300.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / by T.S. Atul Swaminathan / February 17th, 2017

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    February 23rd, 2017adminSports

    Sixteen-year-olds Arvind Kumar and Shanmugam, who have been selected for the NBA Academy from hundreds of hoopsters after two rounds of trials in Chennai and Delhi, are excited to train at the academy expected to be launched in April at the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR).

    Shanmugam, a native of Tirunelveli, is now studying at the Sports Hostel in Salem, training under the watchful eyes of S. Bhaskar, a SAI coach.

    “It was because of Bhaskar sir that I was able to improve on my skill and make subtle changes in my jumps,” said Shanmugam, whose father, R. Murugan, is a fruit vendor while his mother, Bakkiyam, works at Amma ‘Unavagam’.

    The forward, who can do the job of a point guard should the need arise, said he was disappointed at not being able to participate in the National junior after injuring his ankle. “I was upset then. Now I am keen to take part in the next edition in April,” he said.

    Chennai-based Arvind said it is an honour to qualify. “The trials were tough. We had dribbles and matches. I know I need to perform well,” he said. Coached by C.V. Sunny in his first two years and later by Dereck Hutson, Arvind said he learnt the basics from the former India captain. “Sunny sir taught us a lot of things. We also went to lot of tournaments,” said Arvind, who plays as a forward for his school Santhome HSS.

    He captained the Tamil Nadu youth (u-16) team in the Nationals championship late last year.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Other Sports / by Special Correspondent / Chennai – February 23rd, 2017

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    Thangarasu Natarajan (File Photo)

    Thangarasu Natarajan (File Photo)

    New Delhi :

    His eyes transfixed on the TV screen, left-arm seamer Thangarasu Natarajan was finding it surreal when the bids against his name zoomed up at a breakneck pace during the IPL auction. The little-known 25-year-old’s life changed in a matter of few minutes as Rs 10 lakh base price saw a quantum 30-time jump reaching Rs 3 crore with Virender Sehwag vigorously raising the pedal for Kings XI Punjab.

    Perhaps he remembered the days of hardships when his mother ran a street side stall and father worked as a porter at the railway station. And the then 20-year-old, one of the five children, was plying his trade at tennis ball games in his native Salem. He eventually moved to Chennai where he played for the popular Jolly Rovers, a club which has fielded big names like R Ashwin and Murali Vijay.

    His big breakthrough came last year when he enjoyed a successful stint for Dindigul Dragons in the inaugural TNPL, attracting the attention of the IPL scouts. “It seems unreal. I never thought I would play in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, let alone the IPL. Very thankful that it has happened,” Natarajan’s elation was palpable as he spoke to PTI today. Natarajan recalls how TNPL gave him the much-needed exposure.

    “There was a lot of pressure when I was picked to play in TNPL. But I am thankful to people like Ashwin, Vijay and L Balaji (TN bowling coach) who instilled the belief in me that I was good enough at the Ranji Trophy level. It was my dream to Ranji Trophy which has been fulfilled and now I look forward to meeting people in the IPL and learning from them,” he said.

    Consistent performances for two years in Chennai club circles earned him a call-up to the Ranji Trophy 2015-2016. For his variation and the ability to land yorkers at will, he is now famously called ‘Mustafizur Rahman’ of Tamil Nadu. He will have Vijay for the company in the Kings XI Punjab dressing room but is a tad sad about Mitchell Johnson not being with the franchise anymore.

    “Johnson is my role model and it will be great if I can meet him during the IPL,” he said of the Australian, who has been picked by Mumbai Indians for the upcoming season. Besides rising through a humble background, a big on the field challenge Natarajan had to deal with was when he was reported for a suspected action, which had to be modified under the guidance of former Tamil Nadu spinner Sunil Subramaniam.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Sport> Cricket / by PTI / February 20th, 2017

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