SPORT

Shankar, Aparna triumph

KOCHI OCT. 5. Ernakulam's Shankar P. Gopan and Kozhikode's Aparna Balan posted contrasting wins and bagged the State sub-junior badminton boys' and girls' titles, respectively, at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium here on Saturday evening.

Shankar pipped Kozhikode's Arjun Prasad 16-17, 15-8, 15-5 in an 85-minute thriller for his maiden State title, while junior international Aparna brushed aside district-mate M. Sruthi 11-1, 11-1.

The results (finals):

Boys, under-16 singles: Shankar P. Gopan (Ekm) bt Arjun Prasad (Koz) 16-17, 15-8, 15-5. Doubles: Shanker/Arjun (Koz) bt Ram C. Vijay/Alwin Francis (Koz/Ktm) 15-3, 15-5.

Under-13 singles: Rahul Jayaram (Ekm) bt Vinod Shanker (Ekm) 15-11, 15-4. Doubles: Dileep T. Jacob/Vinod Shanker (Ekm) bt S. Arjun/Vishnu Prasad (Koz) 15-8, 15-3.

Under-10: H.S. Pranoy (Tvm) bt V. Abhishek (Ekm) 17-14, 10-15, 15-13.

Girls, under-16 singles: Aparna Balan (Koz) bt M. Sruthi (Koz) 11-1, 11-1. Doubles: Aparna Balan/Suma Suresh (Koz) bt Archana Moses/M. Sruthi (Ekm) 11-2, 11-5.

Under-13 singles: Manju Sasikumar (Ekm) bt Annie Cherian (Ekm) 11-3, 11-2. Doubles: Manju Sasikumar/Meenakshi Ajai (Ekm) bt P.C. Thulasi/Parvathi Suresh (Pkd) 11-6, 13-12.

Under-10: Daya Elsa Jacob (Ekm) bt Naomi Oommen (Ekm) 11-1, 11-2 — Our Sports Reporter

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