Ayonika bags bronze at ISSF World Cup

India’s Aynonika Paul clinched her maiden international medal as a senior shooter by settling for a bronze in the 10m air rifle event of the ISSF World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia.

Continuing her excellent run of form this season, the 21-year-old Ayonika finished third in the qualification round with a score of 417.3.

She went on to shoot a score of 185.3 in the final to clinch the bronze medal.PTI

Kapur rounds off US Open in tied 23rd place

Shiv Kapur rounded off a great week with a final flourish in the form of a birdie on the 18th and a card of 72 that gave him a four-day total of 286 and a tied 23rd place at the US Open golf.

Up at the top, Martin Kaymer did not allow nerves get the better of him as his nine-under 271 gave him a eight shot win over Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler, both at one-under 279.PTI

Dimitrov crowned king of Queen’s

Bulgarian fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov ( left above ) warmed up for Wimbledon by winning the Queen’s Club title with a 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (8/6) victory over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in Sunday’s final.

Dimitrov’s maiden success on grass makes him the first player since Roger Federer and David Ferrer in 2012 to win titles on three different surfaces in the same year after his victories on hard courts in Acapulco and clay in Bucharest.AFP

Federer takes Halle title for seventh time

Switzerland’s Roger Federer won the Halle grasscourt tournament for the seventh time on Sunday with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3) victory over Colombia’s Alejandro Falla.

Federer, 32, the defending champion and world number four, was too powerful for the world number 69 as he claimed his second success of the season after Dubai in February.AFP

Australia repeat men’s hockey World Cup title

Australia ( left below ) defended their men’s hockey World Cup title on Sunday by thrashing hosts Netherlands 6-1 thanks to a hat-trick by Chris Ciriello.

“This is an amazing feeling, I’m so proud of my team,” said Australia captain Mark Knowles, whose team was playing in their fourth straight World Cup final.

Australia fell behind after 14 minutes but scored six straight goals to add the trophy to those from 1986 and 2010.DPA

Indian women beat Malaysia 2-0 in hockey series

The Indian women’s hockey team was on course for a clean sweep in the six-match series against Malaysia as it blanked the home side 2-0 in their fifth game here.

The six-match series against Malaysia is a part of the team’s preparations for the Commonwealth Games 2014.

Ritushah Arya (12 minute) and Vandana Kataria (35th) were the goal scorers as the Indians outplayed their opponents to register their fifth win on the trot.PTI

Dutee, women 4X400m relay team shine

India bagged six medals, including two gold from sprinter Dutee Chand and women’s 4x400m relay team, on the concluding day to finish fifth overall in the Asian Junior Athletics Championship here on Sunday.

Chand outclassed her opponents and won the junior women’s 200m gold with a time of 23.74 secs. Dutee won her second gold as she anchored the Indian 4x400m relay team to victory with a timing of 3:40:53. The quartet of V V Jisha, Jessy Joseph, G K Vijaya Kumari and Dutee romped home, ahead of the Thai and the home team.PTI

We don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves: Rahane

Having guided India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Bangladesh, the talented Ajinkya Rahane ( left above ) said that he would like focus on one match at a time without looking too far ahead. “This (series) is a great opportunity for everyone to just express themselves. We don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves,” Rahane said after winning the man-of-the-match award.PTI

Talukdar-Bombayla Devi duo settle for silver

Jayanta Talukdar and Bombayla Devi Laishram went down to their Chinese opponents and settled for a silver medal in the recurve mixed pair event of the Archery World Cup Stage III in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday.

The duo had come back to level the second end 2-2, but the second seeded Chinese pair of Yuting Fang and Gang Wang fired in three perfect 10s to take a 4-2 lead before wrapping it up 5-3.PTI

Marquez makes it magnificent seven

Spaniard Marc Marquez won his seventh straight race on Sunday as he took the honours in a thrilling Catalunya MotoGP ahead of Italian Valentino Rossi and Honda teammate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa.

The runaway championship leader and defending world champion survived a furious onslaught from Pedrosa over the final two laps after seizing the lead from Rossi who had led for much of the middle part of the race.AFP