Asian Wrestling Championships 2017: Bajrang Punia Wins Gold, India finish 5th

Bajrang Punia

After 5 days of Asian Wrestling Championships 2017, India emerged as 5th in ranking as well as in number of medals won. In the 30th edition of Asian Championship, Indians could not replicate their performance of 2013 when they hosted and won Men’s Freestyle dethrining Iran. India hosted the event for the seventh occasion., starting from inaugural 1979 edition. Indians only Gold came from Bajrang Punia, while others won 5 silver and 4 Bronze wherein women wrestlers won medals in 4 of the 5 events they participated.

Azlan Shah 2017: Squads of All Teams

All the 6 participating nations have two goalkeepers each and a head coach. Kiwis with focus on attack has the youngest player (19 year) of tournament in Sam Lane, while hosts Malaysia have the oldest player (37 years) in goalkeeper Subramaniam. India is the only team to have a foreigner as coach, while the Kiwis team is led by an Indian origin player. Check squads and age group of all the six teams for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2017.

Azlan Shah 2017: Points Tally

Here is the points tally for all teams in Azlan Shah Hockey tournament 2017.

Azlan Shah 2017: Schedule and Results

Azlan shah

Sultan Azlan Shah 2017 held from April 20 to May 6, 2017 at Malaysia has 6 teams contesting for the Gold medal. Among the participating nations, defending Champion Australia has won 9 times in the past, while Indians have won 5 times and finished Runners up twice, including 2016 event. New Zealand won twice and Great Britain has won once in 1994. The hosts have finished Runners up on 5 occasions, while for Japan 2017 is the debut event at Sultan Azlan Shah cup.

Twin Titles for India: Anand Pawar wins after 4 years, Francis/Kona Win 1st Title of Year

Sunday April 23 showered twin international title for India as Anand Pawar won Men’s Singles event of Dutch International 2017, while Tarun Kona and Francis Alwin won Men’s Doubles title at Peru International Challenge 2017. Now, Indians have won 11 titles in 2017.

Dutch International: Anand Pawar Reaches 1st International Final in 2017

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Anand Pawar won a title after 4 years as he reached his maiden final of 2017 after entering the final of Men’s Singles event at Victor Dutch International 2017. Winner of 8 international titles, 7th seed Pawar is set to meet 2nd seed from Finland in the final today. Anand Pawar won 7 international titles from 2008 to 2012 and finished third in 2013 India Super Series. He finished Runners up at 2016 Brazil Grand Prix. Lakhanee Sarang was the only other Indian in Main round. Indians have so far won 9 international titles in 2017.

Peru International Challenge 2017: Alwin Francis & Tarun Kona Win

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The Indian pair won the final. Earlier, Winner of 3 international titles in 2016, Indian Men’s Doubles pair Alwin Francis / Tarun Kona have reached the finals of Peru International Challenge 2017, hunting for their first title in 2017. In 2016, the pair had won Peru International Series, the other event held at Peru last year. They will meet another pair from Peru in the final in the tournament where they were the only from India to participate.

Singapore Open Super Series 2017: Sai Praneeth is 16th Super Series Winner in 31 Super Series Title for India

Singapore SS winners

After creating Indian history yesterday, Sai Praneeth and Srikanth Kidambi had a tough battle for the Singapore Super Series Men’s Singles title. After 54 minutes, Sai Praneeth coming from behind won the first Super Series title in his maiden Super Series final gifting India 16th Super Series Winner. Srikanth, who has already won three Super Series title finally returned to form after a long slump to finish Runners up first time in his three Super Series finals. While to seed Tai Tzu Ying won Women’s Singles title defeating Carolina Marin, Denmark and China shared three doubles event titles. After Saina Nehwal in 2010, Sai is the second Indian to win at Singapore. In 2017, this was second Super Series title for India in 9 title wins.

Singapore SS: Sai Praneeth and Srikanth Create Indian History in Super Series

Indian Badminton record

Despite Saina and Sindhu ruling the world, the history for India was created by Srikanth Kidambi and Sai Praneeth. With both winning their semifinals of Singapore Open Super Series, this is the first time that two Indians have reached the final of any event in a Badminton Super Series event. Even in Men’s Singles, only China, Indonesia and Denmark have achieved the feat of all-same-nation final. This is maiden Super Series finals for Sai Praneeth, while third such final for Srikanth. Now, who will win India’s 31st Super Series title?

Singapore Open SS 2017: Srikanth and Sai Praneeth Enter Men’s Singles Semifinals

Indian Badminton record

Two Indians entered the semifinals of the Singapore Open Super Series as Srikanth Kidambi and Sai Praneeth won their quarterfinal matches. Among the four Indians in quarterfinals, other two lost. Sindhu lost to Carolina Marina trailing her 4-6 in career meet now, and Ashwini/Sumeeth lost to 3rd seeds. Srikanth won comfortably while Sai Praneeth played the longest match of quarterfinals to enter his first Super Series semifinals. Both semifinalists are chasing the record of Saina Nehwal, who is the only Indian to have ever won a title at Singapore Open.

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