Commonwealth C’ships: 15 paddlers in main draw

CUTTACK
In a good outing for India, 15 paddlers gained entry into the main draw of the individual event at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships. While nine paddlers qualified in the women’s category, the men’s qualifiers saw six Indians sailing to the main draw. 

The women will join the already seeded Archana Kamath, Ayhika Mukherjee and Madhurika Patkar in the main draw.

Tokyo
Nagal one win away from Hamburg Open main draw
Sumit Nagal knocked out fifth seed Sebastian Ofner to be one win away from sealing a berth in the main draw of the ATP 500 Hamburg European Open. Nagal, who is on the cusp of breaking into top-200 for the first time in his career, beat the world No. 138 from Austria 7-5 6-2 in his first round of the claycourt event.

London
Simbine takes London 100m honours
South African Akani Simbine pulled off something of a surprise in the London Diamond League 100m, holding off local hope Zharnel Hughes and former world champion Yohan Blake to come home in 9.93s. Hughes had clocked an impressive 9.96 in the heats, despite easing up and running into a slight headwind but he was always trailing in the final, posting 9.95.

Blake, the joint-second fastest man of all time with his 9.69 set in 2012, is getting back towards his best and continued his good season with third in 9.97 as the top-five all broke 10 seconds.

Nove Mesto (Czech Republic)
Hima returns to 400m run, grabs fifth gold of month

Hima Das (in pic) claimed her fifth gold of the month as she returned to the 400m event with a season-best time of 52.09s. Her latest timing is slower than her personal best of 50.79s, which she managed at the Jakarta Asian Games. It was Hima’s fifth gold since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe.  MP Jabir won the gold in the 400m hurdles, clocking 49.66s but Mohammad Anas settled for a third-place finish in the 200m with a timing of 20.95s. Nirmal Noah Tom won the silver in the 200m event with a timing of 46.05s.

COL DU TOURMALET (France)
Thibaut Pinot wins 14th stage of Tour de France 

Thibaut Pinot led a French one-two ahead of overall leader Julian Alaphilippe to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France. The Groupama-FDJ rider jumped away from a small group 200 metres from the line to beat yellow jersey holder Alaphilippe and third-placed Steven Kruijswijk of the Netherlands by six seconds. Defending champion Geraint Thomas crossed the line in eighth place, 36 seconds off the pace.

Cairo
Algeria win Africa Cup of Nations with freak goal

Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time  when a freak second-minute goal by Baghdad Bounedjah  gave them a 1-0 win over gallant Senegal in the final. — Agencies

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