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BYJU’s Young Athlete: Esha Singh among the medals in pistol events in June

BYJU’s Young Athlete: Esha Singh among the medals in pistol events in June

Pistol prodigy Esha Singh, adjudged the BYJU’s ‘Young Athlete of the Year (Female)‘ at the Sportstar Aces Awards 2022 on March 19, was presented with a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh and a Casio G-Shock watch.

Sportstar will track the progress of the BYJU’s Young Athletes – Esha and Nihal Sarin, throughout the year. We will bring you their updated rankings, highlights from the past month, expert views on their latest performances and more.

Esha picked up from where she left in May , to put up stellar performances in the pistol events at the 20th Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship in Bhopal.

The 17-year-old shooter clinched the gold medal in women’s 25m sports pistol, going past two Olympians in the field in Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat.

Esha topped the qualification with a score of 585-20x, while Manu (583-14x) and Rahi (582-23x) finished second and third, respectively. In the final, Esha topped again with a score of 30. Vibhuti Bhatia (23) and Chinki Yadav (17) landed silver and bronze.

In 10m air pistol mixed team, Team Telangana’s Esha Singh and Kaushik Gopu finished with a bronze medal with a score of 17.

In 10m air pistol women, Esha finished with the best score among Telangana’s shooters with 568.0-14x but couldn’t make the semifinal (top-eight).

“There’s still time for the 2024 Olympics but until then I will have to work really hard. There is no secret to success. If you truly work hard and you want something, you will go all out for it, and that’s what I am doing,” Esha had told Sportstar in an interaction.

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Bajans deliver three medals in the field events

Bajans deliver three medals in the field events

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Bajans deliver three medals in the field events
Vivica Addison (left) and Vanessa Greaves (right) won silver and bronze, respectively, in the Under-20 girls’ javelin. Aisha Gibbons of Guyana won gold with 42.54 metres, (Picture by Sandy Pitt)

Barbados’ medal tally at the 49th CARIFTA Games in Kingston, Jamaica now stands at four.

Following Layla Haynes’ bronze in the Under-20 girls’ 1500 metres event yesterday, three other Barbadian athletes delivered the goods on a bright and sunny Easter Sunday morning here at the National Stadium.

It was the island’s best session of the games so far and it all started in the Under-20 girls’ javelin.

There was double delight as Vivica Addison captured silver with a throw of 41.92 metres in her swansong outing at the region’s most prestigious junior track and field event.

Then her teammate Vanessa Greaves secured a first CARIFTA medal with bronze. Greaves’ throw was 41.17 metres. The event was won by Guyana’s Anisha Gibbons (42.54).

Bajans deliver three medals in the field events
Aren Spencer won bronze in the Under-20 boys’ long jump. (Picture by Sandy Pitt)

About an hour later, Aren Spencer won bronze in the Under-20 boys’ long jump with a personal best leap of 7.48 metres.

Jamaica’s Jaydon Hibbert took gold with 7.62 metres while Uroy Ryan of St Vincent and the Grenadines (7.52) secured silver.

On the track, Amani Mascoll-Beckles (21.69) advanced to the semi-finals of the Under-20 boys’ 200-metre, along with Josiah Parris (22.12).

Meantime, Kadia Rock is also safely through to the Under-17 girls’ 200-metre semi-finals after finishing second in her heat in 25.81 seconds.

Ashlyn Simmons advanced to the Under 17 girls’ 800-metre final in 2:20.37 minutes.

Jaleel Armstrong finished ninth in the 1:58.34 in the Under-20 boys’ 800-metre preliminaries. (AGB)


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Marcoux medals in first Paralympic event

Marcoux medals in first Paralympic event

Opening day of the Paralympic Games was a successful one for Sault Ste. Marie’s Mac Marcoux

Sault Ste. Marie’s Mac Marcoux has won a silver medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.

Marcoux, competing in the men’s visually impaired downhill event with guide Tristan Rodgers, was first out of the gate in the event and posted a time of 1:13.81 seconds in his return to action.

Austria’s Johannes Aigner won gold with a time of 1:13.45 and Hyacinthe Deleplace of France won bronze with a time of 1:14.19.

The event was the first for the Sault native since returning from a back injury that caused him to miss the world championship in January.

Having competed in three Paralympic Winter Games, Marcoux now has six medals and is set to compete in two more events.

Among the medals for Marcoux in Paralympic events, the 24-year-old won a gold and two bronze medals in 2014 in Sochi, Russia before winning a gold and bronze at the 2018 event in PyeongChang, China.

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U.S. figure skaters are rejected in a bid to be awarded their team medals.

U.S. figure skaters are rejected in a bid to be awarded their team medals.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Saturday rejected an effort by nine American figure skaters who were seeking to receive their silver medals from the ill-fated team competition at the Beijing Olympics before they left China.

The skaters — Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zachary Donohue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, Alexa Knierim and Vincent Zhou — asked the court to order the International Olympic Committee to award medals in the team event, the results of which have been in doubt for nearly two weeks since a Russian skater, Kamila Valieva, was found to have tested positive for a banned drug.

A separate CAS panel on Monday had allowed Valieva, 15, to continue competing in the Games despite her positive test, saying the uncertainty about the eventual outcome of her doping case — which might lead to only a reprimand given her age — meant she would face “irreparable harm” if she were to be barred from competing.

The American skaters had sought a ruling that would overturn, at least for them, the I.O.C.’s decision to not award any medals in any event in which Valieva placed in the top three. That decision applied only to the team competition in the end; Valieva, cleared to skate, went on to finish fourth in the women’s singles event, crumbling in the long program amid a swirl of accusations, innuendo and pressure.

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee was not a party to the application, the court said in dismissing it with a single sentence.

“The decision of the I.O.C. Executive Board of 14 February 2022 not to hold the medal ceremony for the figure skating team event during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 stands,” the court’s panel of three arbitrators wrote.

The court said the panel would publish a fuller explanation of its decision in the coming days, presumably well after the closing ceremony on Sunday. By then, the Americans — and the rest of the Olympians — will be on their way home.

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IOC Says No Ceremony If Russian Skater Valieva Medals in Event – BNN Bloomberg

IOC Says No Ceremony If Russian Skater Valieva Medals in Event - BNN Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — The International Olympic Committee pushed back against a ruling that allowed Russian Olympic Committee figure skater Kamila Valieva to continue to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics despite failing a drug test, saying it would not hold a medal ceremony for the women’s individual event if she finishes on the podium.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday declined to impose a temporary suspension on Valieva partly due to her status as a minor, after it came to light on Feb. 8 that the 15-year-old had tested positive for a banned heart drug from a sample taken before the Olympics. The Russian anti-doping agency had temporarily suspended Valieva after learning she had tested positive for trimetazidine, which can boost endurance, then reinstated her on Feb. 9. 

READ: Russian Olympic Skater in Doping Case Cleared to Compete

The IOC, the International Skate Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency had all appealed to have Valieva’s suspension reinstated. The parties acknowledged the court’s decision to allow Valieva to keep competing, but the IOC and WADA voiced their disappointment toward the CAS judgment. WADA added it would further investigate Valieva’s support staff. 

Valieva is viewed as a top contender for gold in the women’s individual event, which begins Tuesday. She was also part of the ROC team that won gold at last week’s team event, though the medal ceremony has yet to take place due to the investigation. The IOC said that in the interest of fairness, it would only allow medal ceremonies for both the team and the women’s individual event to take place after further investigation into Valieva.

“The management of the case after this positive A-sample has not yet been concluded. Only after due process has been followed can it be established whether Ms Valieva infringed the World Anti-Doping Code and would have to be sanctioned,” the IOC said in a statement.


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