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Manika in main draw

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SummaryManika has been given a direct entry into the main draw of the singles event.

*A four-member girls' team, comprising Manika Batra, Suthirtha Mukhejee, Reeth Rishya Tennison Ayhika Mukeerjee and Sudhanshu Grover, the lone qualifier in the boys' section, will be leaving for the World Junior Table Tennis Championships, to be held at Rabat, Morocco from December 1 to 8. The girls' team, which qualified on the basis of its good performances in recent international events, is seeded 10 while Manika Batra, the highest ranked Indian player at 36, has been given a direct entry into the main draw of the singles event.

Lifters win 102 medals

*Indian weightlifters continued to break new records at the Commonwealth Youth, Junior and Senior Championships, taking their overall medal tally to an unprecedented 102, including 53 gold, on the penultimate day of the event in Penang, Malaysia on Friday. The biggest contributors to the tally were the youth boys, who notched up 24, including 16 gold. The youth girls were not too far behind with 21 medals, inclusive of a dozen gold. The senior men and women have so far won 21 medals in all, nine of them being gold.

Rashid Khan in 3-stroke lead

*Rashid Khan returned a four-under-66 to move into a three-stroke lead in round three of the CG Open 2013 being played at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club. Rashid's three-day total now reads 16-under-194. Chikkarangappa S of Bangalore, who fired a two-under-68 on Friday, has the next best total score of 13-under-197. The Bangladeshi duo of Md Shakhawat Hossain Sohel and Md Zamal Hossain Mollah are in tied third place at nine-under-201. Shakhawat's five-under-65 was the best score in round three.

U-16 cagers finish fifth

*The Indian under-16 basketball contingent finished fifth place in the third FIBA Asia Championship for Women by defeating Kazakhstan 84-71. Vimmy Varkey made all her four free throws count in the last 30 seconds of the game to keep it out of reach for Kazakhstan. After securing a victory over Malaysia earlier in the tournament, India had to win against Kazakhstan to retain level I position for the fourth FIBA Asia U16 Championship scheduled for 2015. India has finished fifth for the second time in the event.

Vanshika stuns top seed Simran

*Vanshika Sawhney overcame a sluggish start to shock top seed Simran Kaur Sethi to breeze into the semifinals of the junior women ITF tournament at DLTA Complex, on Friday. Vanshika erased a one-set deficit to pip Simran, India's number three junior player, 1-6 6-3 6-3

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