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Wrestlers impress
Grappler Mehar Singh today bagged a silver at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championships in Phuket, Thailand to round off an impressive day for the Indians who also claimed four bronze medals. Competing in the tournament under new FILA rules, India’s overall tally has reached eight medals courtesy three bronze won in the Greco Roman (GR) category by Nitin (55 kg), Prabhpal Singh (84 kg) and Parveen Dagar (96 kg) on Thursday.
Shooters shine
India&’s junior shooters today clinched four medals, including a gold, at the Meeting of Shooting Hopes tournament in Plzen, Czech Republic.
Besides the gold, they won two silver and a bronze medal. Malaika Goel, a pistol shooter, won the individual gold medal. In the qualification round, she shot 381/400 and in finals her score was 201.
The team consisting of Malaika Goel (381), Yashwini (376) and Shreya Gawande (374) won the silver medal in Air Pistol event. In the free pistol event, Sumedh Kumar bagged a silver medal with a score of 547 (188.5). The gold medal in this event was won by a Czech shooter, NRAI) said in a statement. The team of Arun (539), Karan Pratap Singh (534) and Kapil Kumar (533) won the bronze medal with a score of 1606.
Aggarwal loses
India&’s campaign ended at the China Open Super Series after paddler Neha Aggarwal lost to Viktoria Pavlovich 0-4 in the women’s singles event in Changchun on Friday. Aggarwal (373) proved no match for the world number 13 from Belarus and surrendered meekly 7-11 7-11 1-11 6-11 in the first round encounter of the main draw. She was the only Indian entrant into the top-32 women’s singles competition. Earlier in the day, the pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sanil Shetty was beaten by Ning Gao and Hu Li of Singapore 5-11 11-6 3-11 10-12 in their opening match of the main event. The other pair of Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh failed to qualify.
Mixed results
Rajat Chouhan and Manjudha Soy reached the final of the compound mixed section of  the archery World Cup Stage II  at Antalya, Turkey. This assures India of a silver medal. The compound men&’s team were defeated at the  quarterfinal stage  by USA. The women&’s compound team and recurve archers also disappointed.
Laishram Bombayla Devi did reach the quarter-final though. In individual recurve men  Atanu Das  and Rahul, Banerjee were also  defeated in the pre-quarters.
Race tips
Following are the selections for Saturday’s Bangalore races: 2 pm: Better Than Ever 1, Demand Draft 2; 2.30 pm: Ultrasonic 1, Feet On Fire 2; 3 pm: Shivalik Fire 1, Sussex Downs 2; 3.30 pm: Bella Pinky 1, Wind Wonder 2; 4 pm:   
Storm Tracker 1, Deja Vu 2; 4.30 pm: Light Of Success 1, Sun Glow 2; 5 pm: All Proof 1, Love Is Life 2; 5.30 pm: Icecream 1, Frenemee 2. Best bet: Storm Tracker.