London Olympics: Golden torch unveiled
The 2012 London Olympics organizers have unveiled the golden torch that thousands of runners will use to carry the Olympic flame 8,000 miles to the opening ceremony.
The torch is a three-sided golden cone made from an aluminium alloy. The flame will burn through its 8,000 circular perforations—one to represent each torch-bearer.
The torch, unveiled at London's Saint Pancras train station, has been created by designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.
Indonesian Open Super Series
World number three Chinese player Yihan Wang defeated India’s Saina Nehwal to win the title and prevent Saina to complete a hat-trick of titles at the Indonesian Open.
England-Sri Lanka Test Series
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangarkara’s maiden Test hundred in England helped the tourists to draw the third and final Test match. England won the three-Test series 1-0. England had won the first Test by an innings and 14-runs. The second Test had also ended in a draw.
West Indies-India ODI Series
Rohit Sharma’s unbeated 68 helped India overcome a shaky start to notch up a facile four-wicket win in the first ODI.
India produced a disciplined all-round performance to register a convincing seven-wicket win in the rain-hit second ODI.
India defeated West Indies by three wickets to lead the five-match ODI series 3-0.
West Indies bowlers produced a clinical performance as they crushed India by 103 runs in the fourth ODI. India were shot out for paltry 146 runs after West Indies set them a target of 250 runs to win.
Darren Bravo’s career-best 86 outshone Virat Kohli’s 94-run knock as India lost by seven wickets in the fifth and final ODI. India won the series 3-2.
West Indies-India Test Series
India beat West Indies by 63 runs to win the first Test. This was only the fifth Test win for India in the Caribbean. India’s win was possible due to excellent bowling by its pacers Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma and a gritty century by Rahul Dravid.
JCT hangs up its boots
Indian football took a big hit on June 20, 2011, with JCT Football Club, Phagwara, deciding to discontinue their association with the game after a period lasting almost 40 years. The team that had been the backbone of football in Punjab, as also the entire region, will no longer be part of any tournament.
US Open, 2011
Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, 22, has become the youngest winner of the US Open since 1923. The golfer, who idolises Tiger Woods, wnet from world number 8 to number 4 after the win.
Senior National Championship
Haryana pipped Karnataka 2-1 to annex the Senior National Hockey championship title.
French Open, 2011
Mens’ Singles: Rafael Nadal, by winning the title, equaled Bjorn Borg’s record of six French Open titles. He defeated Roger Federer in the final
Women’s Singles: Li Na of China made history when she became the first player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title. She defeated defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy to win the French Open women’s singles title.
Women’s Doubles: Sania Mirza (India) and her partner Elena Vesnina (Russia) lost out in the finals to unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.
Men’s Doubles: Daniel Nestor of Canada and Max Mirnyi of Belarus.
Mixed Doubles: Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Scott Lipsky of USA.