Indian shuttler HS Prannoy signed off with a semifinals finish at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 after going down in straight games to China's Zhao Jun Peng here today.
World No. 23 Prannoy couldn't find his rhythm and lacked precision in his 16-21 15-21 loss to Jun Peng in 40 minutes. It was their first-ever meeting.
Playing in his second semifinals at the Indonesia Open, Prannoy, who turns 30 next month, fell behind right at the start as he couldn't keep pace with his opponent in the rallies. The left-handed Chinese put a lot of power in his smashes as Prannoy entered the first interval lagging 6-11. The Indian's net play was not as polished and he also lacked his trademark control.
Days after winning a silver medal and setting a new national record at the Paavo Nurmi Games, Tokyo Olympics champion Neeraj Chopra on Saturday clinched the men's javelin throw gold at the Kuortane Games in Finland.
In the process, he beat the reigning world champion, Anderson Peters of Grenada, for the second time in four days. The 24-year-old threw the javelin to 86.69 metres in his first attempt, which turned out to be the winning distance. Trinidad and Tobago's 2012 Olympics champion Keshorn Walcott was second with a first-round throw of 86.64m. Peters was third with a best throw of 84.75m, which also came in the opening round.
Chopra's second and third attempts were ruled as fouls and he did only three throws. That meant he had a single legal throw and won the competition with it.
Indian Premier League-winning captain Hardik Pandya was named the skipper of the Indian team for the two-match T20 International series against Ireland, to be played in Dublin on June 26 and 28.
The only new face in the side is Maharashtra right-hand batter Rahul Tripathi, who was rewarded for his stellar batting during the IPL as he scored more than 400 runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sanju Samson has made a comeback while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named the vice-captain of the squad.
India's premier rallyist Gaurav Gill is all set to return to competitive racing after a gap of two years. Gill will take part in the WRC Safari Rally in Kenya, which starts on June 23.
Gill's last competitive WRC event was the Rally of Turkey, where he won a lot of plaudits despite not winning. Gill will be driving the Skoda Fabia R5 in the Safari Rally.
"I want to make the most of this chance. I have been out of my seat for the last two years and I am glad that I am back," Gill said. "I will give it my all and ensure that I finish obviously because this rally is not all about speed," he added.