Current Affairs – Sports News – June-August 2016

ATHLETICS

Neeraj Chopra created a new junior world record on his way to the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Poland. He hurled the javelin to a distance of 86.48 metres, to beat the previous record of Latvia’s Zigismunds Sirmais by nearly two metres, and become the first Indian to win a gold medal in the history of the World U20 championship.

BADMINTON

Saina Nehwal defeated Chinese shuttler Sun Yu to win the Australian Open Super Series in Sydney. This was Saina’s first title in 2016, with her last win being the India Super Series in March 2015. Saina has won the Australian Open for the second time—she had won the title in 2014 also.

Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth defeated Korea’s Lee Hyun Il in the men’s singles final of the 2016 Canada Open. This was his first Grand Prix title.

CRICKET

India defeated West Indies by an innings and 92 runs on day 4 of the first Test in Antigua to register their biggest Test win outside Asia. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 7/83 in West Indies’ second innings, while captain Virat Kohli scored the first double century of his career. This was Anil Kumble’s first match as Team India’s coach.

Ravichandran Ashwin has become the first Indian to score multiple hundreds and take multiple five-wicket hauls in a Test series; he achieved this milestone during the third Test against West Indies in August 2016. The 29-year-old also became the fourth player overall to achieve the feat. Ashwin joined Kapil Dev and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the third Indian player to take two five wicket hauls and score two centuries in a Test series. While Kapil Dev achieved it twice in his illustrious career, Bhuvneshwar Kumar achieved this in the five-Test series against England in 2014.

Sri Lanka defeated Australia by 163 runs in the third Test, winning the series 3-0 and completing their first ever whitewash of Australia. The Aussies have lost 13 and won just one Test out of the 18 they have played in Asia since 2008. Before this series, SL had won only one Test against Australia in 33 years.

FOOTBALL

Chile upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final to retain their title in the world’s oldest continental soccer competition. Colombia beat USA 1-0 to finish third.

Portugal defeated France 1-0 to win their first ever Euro Cup championship. Substitute Eder scored the winner for Portugal in extra time. This was the first ever Euro Cup final to end scoreless at the end of 90 minutes.

GOLF

Swedish player Henrik Stenson won the British Open at Royal Troon, pipping Phil Mickelson by producing a major championship record-equalling round of 63 on the final day. Mickelson finished on 17-under after a fine final round of his own of 65. J.B. Holmes of the United States was a distant third at six-under par.

GYMNASTICS

Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian woman to qualify for the gymnastics event in the Olympics, has been officially named a “World Class Gymnast”, by the governing body of world gymnastics, Federation de Internationale de Gymnastique. The title is given to some of the best gymnasts in the world.

TENNIS

World Number one Novak Djokovic completed his career Grand Slam after defeating Andy Murray to win the 2016 French Open Men’s Singles title. Novak Djokovic is the first man since 1969 to be the defending champion of all four Grand Slams—French Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open—at a single time. He is only the third man in history to achieve the feat after Don Budge in 1938 and Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969. Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza won her maiden Grand Slam title after defeating the defending champion Serena Williams in women’s singlesMartina Hingis and Leander Paes each completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles after winning the Mixed Doubles title against Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig.  Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez beat Bob and Mike Bryan to win the men’s doubles title.  The French pair of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic secured a rare triumph for the home nation by winning the women’s doubles title.

World number two Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon men’s singles title, defeating Canadian Milos Raonic. This was Murray’s third Wimbledon final, with his first Championship victory coming in 2013 against Novak Djokovic.  Serena Williams beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber to win her 7th Wimbledon women’s singles titleher 22nd Grand Slam, equalling Steffi Graf’s record for most Grand Slam title wins in the Open Era. Serena Williams and Venus Williams won their sixth Wimbledon women’s doubles title after defeating Tímea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen won the mixed doubles title. Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow countrymen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin to win the men’s doubles title. It was the first all-French doubles final at Wimbledon in the Open Era.

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