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Other Sports Eyeing Tokyo 2020, Indian lifters begin campaign at Asian Weightlifting Championship

first_imghighlights Mirabai is supposedly India’s brightest medal prospect for Tokyo Olympics 2020.  The Women squad has four members for now, which includes Mirabai. India will look to produce a better performance in Olympiocs this time around.  In order to ensure a spot on the podium here, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist will have to significantly better that performance.Thai weightlifter Chayuttra Pramongkhol, who is currently embroiled in a dope scandal, had lifted 209kgs (89+120) in the 49kg category to clinch the gold medal at the World Championship in 2018. The remaining medallists — Hou Zhihui and Jiang Huihua of China — lifted 208kg (93+115) and 206kg (92+11 4) respectively. The bronze medal totals a whopping 14 kgs more than Mirabai’s 192kg at the EGAT Cup.However, the diminutive Manipuri is aware of the competition and is working towards at least breaching her personal best of 196kg here.”Mira’s aim for the Olympics is 210 kgs. In the Asian Championship we aim to go above the 196kg mark,” National coach Vijay Sharma told PTI.Among male lifters, all hopes will be riding on Youth Olympic Games gold medallist teenager Jeremy Lalrinnunga after two-time Commonwealth Games champion Sathish Sivalingam pulled out of the tournament owing to performance issues.”Sathish and RV Rahul haven’t traveled to China. They won’t be participating in the Championship because their performance has not been up to mark,” Sharma said.The 16-year-old from Mizoram has bulked up from 62kg to 67kg to abide by the revised weight categories set by the IWF. Jeremy had won the silver medal in the EGAT Cup lifting 131kg in snatch and 157kg in clean and jerk and would be again eyeing a podium finish.Other Indians participating include Commonwealth silver medallist Vikas Thakur (96 kg) and Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships bronze medallist Ajay Singh (81kg), who had finished a creditable fifth in the 77kg category at the Asian Games last year.While none of the athletes will be able to qualify for the Olympics from this tournament alone, a good performance at the gold level Olympic qualifying event will bolster their chances of making it to the Tokyo Games next year.”Our aim is to keep improving our total at every event we participate,” Sharma said.The qualification process for the 2020 Olympics is based on the performances of the weightlifters in six events over a period of 18 months, out of which the four best results logged by a lifter will be considered.Every athlete also needs to participate in at least one gold level and either one gold level or one silver level event during the one-and-a-half years’ time-frame.Squad:Men: M Raja (61 kg) , Jeremy Lalrinnunga (67kg), Achinta Sheuli (73 kg),  Ajay Singh (81 kg), Vikas Thakur (96 kg), Pradeep Singh (102 kg) Gurdeep Singh (+101 kg).Women: Mirabai Chanu (49 kg), Jhilli Dalabehera (45 kg), Swati (59kg), Rakhi Halder (64kg). China: Former world champion Mirabai Chanu will look to put the best foot forward to strengthen her chances of Olympic qualification when she spearheads the Indian challenge at the Asian Weightlifting Championship, starting here Saturday. India’s brightest medal prospect, Mirabai, who jumped from 48kg to 49 kg following the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) rejig of weight categories, has made a strong comeback from a lower back injury that kept her out of action for nearly nine months.In February, the 24-year-old lifted 82 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk to clinch the gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand, which was the first of the six Olympic qualifying events for Mirabai. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Hosoyamada, Goodnough lead Syracuse defense in senior seasons

first_img Published on December 4, 2014 at 12:33 am Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan doesn’t want to be the only person providing instruction to his team. He doesn’t want the teaching to come solely from his coaching staff, either.Instead, he hopes that his veteran players shoulder some of that responsibility, and two senior defenders are doing just that this season for the Orange.“I’ve been with teams when you’ve had all underclassmen, or three or four freshmen,” Flanagan said. “To be able to have that leadership back there — it’s invaluable.”Akane Hosoyamada, a redshirt senior captain, and senior Kailee Goodnough are key parts of a Syracuse defense that is tied for third best in the conference in goals allowed.Goodnough leads the defense with six assists and Hosoyamada is third on the defense with 10 blocks. But both mean much more to the Orange (4-8-7, 3-2-3 College Hockey America), which will face Rochester Institute of Technology (7-8-3, 1-4-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tennity Ice Pavilion.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlthough Hosoyamada is a more defensive-minded defender and Goodnough looks to score more often, both will provide veteran leadership on the ice. “We’re always looking to improve as a team and as a defense,” Goodnough said. “If I can help do that by being a senior leader, I’m going to do it.”With eight players new to the program this year, Hosoyamada andGoodnough have taken it upon themselves to help the younger players, albeit through different styles.Sophomore defender Larissa Martyniuk describes Goodnough’s leadership style as more vocal than Hosoyamada’s. Flanagan said she’s done a good job talking in practice.Hosoyamada feels obligated as the team member with the most experience to lead by example and calls it her “most important” role for the team. Martyniuk said the senior is a more traditional defender, while Goodnough is more offensive minded and likes to rush the net and get shots off, Martyniuk said.“I think being a more defensive defender and her being more offensive, it just cancels out,” Hosoyamada said. “It makes us a really good pair. We both can pull players aside to help in our own ways.”But their head coach said Syracuse has mainly benefitted from the pair’s leadership by example.“When you see the veterans making good decisions with the puck, it makes our job easier as coaches because we’re primarily correcting younger players,” Flanagan said.Understanding the game of hockey is something Flanagan said both have drastically improved upon since the early stages of their careers. He remembers both early in their careers trying to do too much defensively and coming up short. Sometimes they were too tired or didn’t understand the game as well as they could have.“There is a lot of youth,” said Goodnough. “Teaching and helping the younger players understand systems and where to be and at what times is a crucial role. We both try to do that.” Commentslast_img read more

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Stock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse football’s loss to Notre Dame

first_img Published on October 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Eric Dungey, sophomore quarterbackSU’s offense was dwarfed by Notre Dame’s big plays, but Eric Dungey turned in another solid game. He threw the ball 51 times for 363 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was the team’s leading rusher, ran for three scores and was able to draw the Fighting Irish offside at least four times.His throws weren’t the sharpest again, but Dungey delivered in the red zone. SU abandoned the run game, putting the whole offense on Dungey’s shoulders, and he led it to 33 points. The offense did struggle after the opening two touchdowns again, but Dungey even slid twice on runs, which is an improvement for him.Clare Ramirez | Presentation DirectorStock DownSyracuse’s big-play defenseThe Tampa 2 is a scheme designed to bend, not break. Give up yards in small doses, not huge chunks. But again, the Orange was a major victim of big plays. Notre Dame scored four offensive touchdowns of more than 50 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage.Even when it looked like SU had Fighting Irish running back Dexter Williams caught behind the line of scrimmage for a loss, Williams cut back left against the defense that over-pursued and trotted into the end zone after 59 yards with no one around him. Kizer’s 471 passing yards are the most in a win in Fighting Irish history, which dates to 1887.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorKickersPlace kicker Cole Murphy entered the Notre Dame game coming off a week where he went 1-for-3 on field goals and booted two kickoffs out of bounds. It didn’t get much better for him on Saturday. Murphy had his first PAT blocked and returned for a score — not necessarily his fault — and then missed on a 40-yard field goal before halftime that would have brought the Orange within three points.Punter Sterling Hofrichter had a rough day, too. He shanked one rugby-style punt from Syracuse’s 43 that went out of bounds after only 13 yards. He seems to have mishit several punts this season, but he’s tied for being the 10th-most used punter in the country, averaging 6.4 per game. His yards per punt average is 48th in the nation.Hofrichter also mishandled a PAT snap as the holder, costing SU a point.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorCordell Hudson, redshirt sophomore cornerbackCordell Hudson did prevent himself from being hurdled again and made a few nice stops, but he was also apart of three of Notre Dame’s four offensive touchdowns that went for more than 50 yards.On the very first play of the game, Hudson squared up Equanimeous St. Brown running laterally across the field toward him at about the Notre Dame 45. St. Brown cut up the field and Hudson just fell to the ground after only getting a hand on him.On Notre Dame’s next offensive possession, Hudson covered St. Brown one-on-one. Hudson slowed up while St. Brown accelerated as the ball was thrown and St. Brown caught it a step ahead of Hudson, who face-planted into the ground again as St. Brown went in for a score.Hudson was the man with backside contain on Dexter Williams’ 59-yard cutback touchdown run, but Hudson again was caught off guard with a cut up field and missed the tackle, only grazing Williams with his left hand.Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editor Commentscenter_img The opening five minutes of Syracuse against Notre Dame saw 36 point scored, a blocked extra point returned for two points and a kickoff return for a touchdown. By halftime, Syracuse was within six points. Take away the blocked PAT and give the Orange the field goal missed at the buzzer and it would have been tied. But the Fighting Irish opened the half with 17 unanswered points and stomped on SU, 50-33, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Here’s a look at where some players and units stood out.Stock upBrisly Estime, senior wide receiverBrisly Estime was electric in the punt return game, catching three kicks and taking them a total of 128 yards. His best return of the day came with less than a minute left in the first half. Several Notre Dame players were within a few yards of Estime as he caught the ball at his own 12, but they stopped, apparently thinking he called for a fair catch. So Estime bolted forward, shed about three tackles, and was finally brought down at Notre Dame’s 14. The Orange scored a touchdown right before the half as a result of his return.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the first week of the season, head coach Dino Babers took Estime off punt returns to save his energy for offense. But his replacement, freshman receiver Sean Riley, looked a bit shaky. Estime took the last punt in the fourth quarter against UConn last week and started taking punts in the second quarter this week. He already has the seventh-most yards in FBS despite being tied for 48th in number of punt returns, with seven. His 21.9 yards per return in second best.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorZaire Franklin, junior linebackerSyracuse’s defense did not look good against Notre Dame, but one player that shined in moments was Zaire Franklin. The middle linebacker came up with three of the defense’s biggest plays on the day. Franklin finished with nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception.He read a jet sweep play at the goal line and took down running back Josh Adams with a solo tackle at Syracuse’s 1-yard line. When Notre Dame had the ball on third down at SU’s 35 with about a minute left in the first half, Franklin darted in from pass coverage and took down a scrambling DeShone Kizer for an 11-yard sack, knocking UND out of field goal range. On Notre Dame’s next offensive play, Franklin jumped in front of a crossing route and returned the interception to UND’s 34 with 16 seconds left in the first.MORE COVERAGE:What we learned from Syracuse’s loss to Notre DameSyracuse fizzles once again after hot startBig plays torch the Orange’s defenselast_img read more

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