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Nov-Dec 2008

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SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF: NOV - DEC 2008
ATHLETICS
 
Delhi Half Marathon, 2008:
Olympian Deriba Merga of Ethiopia emerged as thefastest half marathon runner of the year in the fourth Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
In the women’s section, Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia emerged winner.
 Among the Indians, Sandeep Kumar was the winner. In
the women’s section,
defending Indian champion Kavitha Raut retained her title.
BILLIARDS
 
National Championship, 75th:
Pankaj Advani beat Geet Sethi 5-3 in the final. It
was Advani’s third title having won in 2005 and 2007.
 
BOXING
 
Marykom bags her fourth world championship gold:
M.C. Marykom of Indiareturned to the ring after a two-year self-imposed exile to clinched anunprecedented fourth gold medal in the AIBA World Championships at Ningbocity in China.
CRICKET
 
India-Australia Test Series:
India thrashed Aussies by 172 runs in the fourth and
 
final Test at Nagpur to win Test series 2-0 and regain Border-Gavaskar Trophyafter a gap of four years.This was the first time in nine years that Australia lost a series without winning asingle Test.Ishant Sharma was named Man of the Series. The last time an Indian fast bowlerwon the Player of the Series in India was Kapil Dev in 1983-84.Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to score 12,000 and more runs in Testcricket during the series. Sourav Ganguly crossed the 7,000-run mark andHarbhajan Singh became the third Indian to take 300 Test wickets.
South Africa-Bangladesh Test Series:
South Africa won the second Test againstBangladesh by an innings and 48 runs to win the series 2-0.
Australia-New Zealand Test Series:
Brett Lee took five wickets as Australia beatNew Zealand by an innings and 62 runs on the fourth day of the second and finalcricket Test and bagged the series 2-0.
India-England One-Day Series:
The seven-match series had to be suspended afterthe fifth match at Cuttack following the terrorist strike at Mumbai. But, beforethat India had already won the series by winning all the five matches played.
India’s dominance in the series was complete. In the match played at Ra
 jkot, Indiaposted the second highest ODI total ever (387 for 5). Yuvraj Singh struck the
 
second fastest ODI century by an Indian, facing 64 balls. The record stands inthe name of Mohammad Azharuddin, who took 62 balls to reach three-figuremark against New Zealand at Baroda in 1988.
Pakistan-West Indies One-Day Series:
Pakistan blanked West Indies 3-0 in theseries held at Abu Dhabi.
ICL 20-20 Championship:
After 37 days of action among nine teams, Lahore
Badshah rode on Imran Nazir’s unbeaten swash bu
ckling 44-ball 111 to routHyderabad Heroes by eight wickets in the high-voltage third final to lift thesecond edition of the ICL 20-20 championship Trophy.
GOLF
 
Singapore Open, 2008:
Jeev Milkha Singh held off Padraig Harrington and ErnieEls to win th
e $5 million Barclays Singapore Open. Hailed as Jeev’s arrival at golf’s
biggest stage, the win makes him the first golfer to win more than $ 1 million in asingle season on Asian tour.
Jeev breaks into top 50:
Jeev Milkha Singh is back among the elites again with thelatest world gold rankings putting the Indian pro on the 46th place after hissensational triumph in the Singapore Open.
World Cup, 2008:
Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson produced a magnificentthree- stroke victory for Sweden. This was Sw
eden’s second World Cup triumph.
Spain settled for the second place.

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