Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany completed a Kenyan double at the London marathon as the East African country once again dominated the races by taking five of the six podium places. Kipsang, second fastest man in the world over the distance, won in two hours four minutes and 44 seconds, just four seconds off the course record set in 2011 by Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai. Keitany became the third fastest woman in the marathon as she retained her title in 2:18.37, ahead of world champion Edna Kiplagat and Priscah Jeptoo.
Federation Cup National Senior Championships, 16th
Keeping up their good form, ONGC players continued to dominate the last day of the 16th Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championship and became overall champions. ONGC emerged overall winner with 8 gold (Men- 4 and Women- 4), 6 silver (Men- 6) and 5 bronze (Men-3 and Women- 2) medals. Kerala was second with 7 gold (Men- 4 and Women- 3), 7 silver (Men- 3 and Women- 4) and 4 bronze (Men-2 and Women- 2). Uttar Pradesh bagged the third spot.
India Open, 2012
Shon Wan Ho of South Korea defeated the defending champion Lee Chong Wei to clinch his maiden Super Series Men’s Singles title. In the women’s singles, world number four Li Xuerui won the title after beating sixth seed Juliane Schenk from Germany.
Six-time world champion Pankaj Advani clinched the 11th ONGC Asian Billiards Championship title after defeating Thawat Sujaritthurakarn of Thailand in the final played at Panaji, Goa.
Sri Lanka-England Test series
Graeme Swann claimed a match haul of 10 wickets as England roared to a series-levelling win over Sri Lanka in the second and final Test at Colombo, to retain their number one ranking. It was England’s first win in five Tests on their Asian sojourn in 2012, after being blanked 3-0 by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and losing the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
West Indies-Australia Test series
Australia retained the Frank Worrell Trophy after a 2-0 series win.
Australia had won an exciting first Test against West Indies, played at Bridgetown, by three wickets. The victory completed an outstanding turnaround from the Australians, who at one stage in their first innings were 250 for 7, chasing 449 runs scored by West Indies.
The second Test had ended in a draw following a storm on the fifth day that forced an early end to proceedings at Queen’s Park Oval.
Australia won the third and final Test by 75 runs. Australian captain Michael Clarke took five wickets for only the second time in his Test career to ensure the win for his team.
US Masters Title
American Bubba Watson had a par on the second sudden-death playoff hole to defeat South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen which helped him to capture the 76th Masters title for his first major Golf championship.
The 33-year-old US left-hander became the eighth first-time major winner in a row and only the third southpaw to claim the green jacket, symbolic of Masters supremacy, after three-time winner Phil Mickelson and Canada’s Mike Weir.
50th doubles title for Leander Paes
India’s tennis veteran Leander Paes has become only the 24th player in the ATP World Tour history to win 50 doubles titles. The feat was achieved when he, along with his partner Radek Stepanek, clinched the Sony Erricson Open doubles title.
Geeta Phogat creates history
Haryana wrestler Geeta Phogat has created history by becoming the first Indian women wrestler to qualify for Olympics, since women’s wrestling event was introduced in 2004. She will be participating in the 2012 London Olympics.