SPORT-THAPA 2

first_img“I am happy my performance has not gone down too much. “I am happy my performance has not gone down too much. Yes it has been up and down, but that happens to even a world champion,” said Rai who is also supported by OGQ, which is co-founded by sports legends Prakash Padukone and Geet Sethi. Rai, who clinched the gold medal in the ISSF World Cup in March in the 50M pistol in Bangkok, said he was happy to have taken part in the subsequent ISSF World Cup in Rio last month to get an idea of what sort of conditions he will get there during the Olympics. “The range is a bit different in that the 10M and 50M ranges are adjacent to one another and there was a lot of disturbance. The targets were also different,” said Rai who stood sixth in the Rio event after making the finals. Rai is now leaving for France to take part in an invitation event there from June 8-13 followed by the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. “The event in France is only for those who have qualified for the Rio Games and I expect a lot of them to be present there,” said Rai. He did not single out anyone as the main threat in Rio. “All are good competitors,” said the Army man of Nepali origin. Women shooters Heena Sidhu, taking part in her second Games like Thapa, and Apurvi Chandela too were confident of putting up a good show in Rio. “It feels like its my first Olympics. Two months to go and we are on the right track,” said Heena, a former world no. 1 in 10m air pistol. “I am trying to better my performance. I have bought a new air rifle and a new kit and have got used to them. I did decently in Rio after not doing too well in Munich,” said Apurvi who is to train in Moscow, which she said had very good facilities, along with ace marksman Gagan Narang and Chain Singh. (More) PTI SSR KRK ATK KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

2016 NTL Day Two Wrap

first_imgBy Eden Richards Teams will be putting it all on the line as they head into day three chasing a finals berth. Several competitions are evenly poised heading into the final day of fixtures.Injuries featured heavily on day two as many teams struggled with the extreme Coffs Harbour heat taking its toll. The Brisbane City Cobras sit undefeated at the top of the Mixed Open competition with the South Queensland Sharks and Sydney Rebels sitting 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Sydney Mets round out the top four. The Sydney Mets are the stand out team in the Men’s T League Pool A as they continue a strong undefeated run. Pool B is a Queensland affair with the Central Queensland Bulls (A) sitting undefeated on top and the South Queensland Sharks (A) just one win behind. It’s a two horse race in the Women’s T League Pool A as both the Hunter Western Hornets and Victoria sit on five wins from five starts.The two leaders will play tomorrow morning to decide who finishes first. Pool B is being dominated by Queensland with the top five teams all coming from the region. The Sunshine Coast Pineapples sit undefeated in 1st.The Sharks and the Rebels cannot be separated after day two of the Women’s 27’s with both sitting 10 points clear at the top of the standings. The Scorpions are the team to beat in the Men’s 30’s as they round out the 2nd day of competition undefeated. In a huge gap in the class the Hornets have failed to win a game and will look to disrupt the finals chances of their competitors tomorrow. The Pineapples and the Hornets are battling it out for 2nd and 3rd in the Women’s 35’s as the Cobras sit top. A clear top four has emerged in the Men’s 40’s with the Hornets, Mets and Cobras all undefeated. The Defence Warriors are chasing hard in 4th. The South West Queensland Swans remain undefeated in the Women’s 40’s with the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones and the Hornets sitting one game behind. The Scorpions and the Sharks have all but secured the top two spots in the Men’s 45’s and the Men’s 50’s. The Cyclones and the Southern Suns are dominating in Pool A of the Men’s 55’s and the Mets today extended their unbeaten run to four games in Pool B. The Senior Mixed is a battle between three with the Sharks A, Suns and Scorpions all sitting together at the top of the table on 16 points. Related LinksNTL Day Two Wraplast_img read more