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Want to win a medal at Tokyo Olympics, says Neeraj

Want to win a medal at Tokyo Olympics, says Neeraj

New Delhi, Jul 27 - Disappointed but not disheartened to miss out on a Rio Olympic berth, sensational javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra today said he is looking to put in the hard yards to earn India a medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 18-year-old lad from Panipat created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to become a world champion at any level when he won a gold medal at the U-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, last Saturday.

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After Narsingh Yadav, now Inderjit Singh fails dope test

After Narsingh Yadav, now Inderjit Singh fails dope test

New Delhi, July 26 : A few days after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was caught for doping, another Rio Olympics qualified athlete Inderjeet Singh, a shot putter, has failed the dope test as his 'A' sample returned positive for a banned substance.

Inderjeet is one of those athletes who do not train at the national camps. He normally trains on his own with his personal coach.

He is one of the first track and field athletes who qualified for the Rio Olympics as he made the cut last year itself.

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Bolt quashes fitness concerns, cruises to 200m victory in London

Bolt quashes fitness concerns, cruises to 200m victory in London

London, July 23 : Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt brushed aside concerns surrounding his fitness ahead of next month's Rio Olympics as he cruised to victory in the 200metres at the London Anniversary Games.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist showed no signs of rust, winning the race in 19.89 seconds in his return following a pelvic injury, the Mirror reported.

The world's fastest man will aim to become the first person to win the 100m and 200m double at three consecutive Games when he will feature in the Rio Olympics. (ANI)

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Oscar Pistorius' sister `grateful` for judge's sentencing decision

Oscar Pistorius' sister `grateful` for judge's sentencing decision

London, July 11 : The sister of Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius, who is serving a six-year sentence for killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, has said she is` grateful` to the South African judge for giving a lesser sentence to his brother.

While delivering her decision in a story that has attracted intense worldwide attention, Judge Thokozile Masipa said she had considered both aggravating and mitigating factors, such as rehabilitation and murder, and concluded that the latter outweighed the former.

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Disgraced Pistorius serving six-year sentence in single room cell

Disgraced Pistorius serving six-year sentence in single room cell

Johannesburg, July 8 : Disgraced South African Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has been serving his six-year sentence for killing his girlfriend in the same single cell in the hospital section of Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison.

The 29-year-old previously spent a year in the same cell and has been given the same facility due to his disability, said Manelisi Wolela, spokesperson for the Department of Correctional Services.

The official further said the double-amputee athlete would be in a vulnerable position if he was placed in communal normal cells, News24 reported.

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Pistorius given six-year prison term for murder of girlfriend

Pistorius given six-year prison term for murder of girlfriend

Johannesburg, July 6 : Former South African Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in jail for the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Wednesday.

Pistorius, famously known as the Blade Runner, was released on parole in October 2015 and has been placed under house arrest since then at his uncle's house after serving almost a year in prison of his five-year sentence

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Pistorius awaits sentencing for murder of model girlfriend

Pistorius awaits sentencing for murder of model girlfriend

Johannesburg, July 6 : A South African high court on Wednesday will pronounce its order on the quantum of sentence for convicted Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius, who killed his model girlfriend Steenkamp in 2013.

According to Sport24, a lawyer not involved in the case said that Judge Thokozile Masipa could deviate from giving the minimum of 15 years for murder considering factors such as Pistorius' disability and the year he has already spent in prison.

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Jayarajan-Anju George spat: AFI backs 'legendary' long jumper

Jayarajan-Anju George spat: AFI backs 'legendary' long jumper

New Delhi, June 13 : The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has expressed complete solidarity for World Championships bronze medalist Anju Bobby George, who is the country's highest achiever in track and field sports till date.

Kerala State Sports Council (KSSC) president Anju had recently accused state's Sports Minister EP Jayarajan of insulting her and charging her with false claims of financial irregularities.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, however, came to the rescue of his Cabinet colleague last week and said Jayarajan neither misbehaved nor abused the former athlete.

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Indian discus thrower Seema Punia secures Rio Olympics berth

Indian discus thrower Seema Punia secures Rio Olympics berth

New Delhi, May 29 - Indian discus thrower Seema Antil Punia has qualified for the upcoming Rio Olympics after winning gold at the Young Thrower's Classic in California on Sunday.

The 32-year-old registered a throw of 62.62 metres to surpass the Olympic qualification mark of 61 metres.

The attempt was also enough to outclass 2008 women's Olympic champion Stephanie Brown Trafton, who bagged silver with a throw of 60.50 metres in the event.

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Asian Indoor Athletics: Mayookha Johny wins long jump gold; Dutee Chand settles for 60m dash bronze

Asian Indoor Athletics: Mayookha Johny wins long jump gold; Dutee Chand settles

Doha: Long jumper Mayookha Johny fetched India a gold medal while sprinter Dutee Chand settled for a bronze after shattering national record in 60m dash in the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships here.

Mayookha controlled the long jump competition from the very outset and finished on top of the podium with a leap of 6.35m, an effort that propelled her to India's first Asian indoor title in the event.

Bui Thi Thu Thao of Vietnam took the silver with a 6.30m jump while Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan finished third with an effort of
6.22m.

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