Israel’s Only Olympic Gold Medallist To Sell His Medal


The only Israeli Olympic gold medal winner ever Gal Fridman. © AFP

The only Israeli Olympic gold medal winner ever Gal Fridman, announced on Monday that he would sell the medal at an auction. The 43-year-old Fridman wrote in Facebook: “I’m looking for an eBay expert that understands an auction of the rare item, the only one of its kind in Israel”, reports Xinhua news agency. Fridman also plans to sell the windsurfer with which he won the gold medal at the sailing competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Previously, at the Atlanta games in 1996, he won a bronze medal.

As a result of his win, he received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Israeli Olympic Committee and sponsors, but had to pay the state income tax of 50 percent.

In early June 2005, a safe from Fridman’s parents’ home was stolen, with his gold medal. A few days later, the medal was found in a forest by a 7-year-old girl.

Before the medal was found, Fridman said that “no amount of money will replace this medal; I cannot explain how sad I am”.

After the medal was returned to him, he said “it feels as good as winning.”

In 2008, Fridman retired from competitions and began to train other windsurfers. At the same time, he often competed with mountain bikes.

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Moldovan Wrestler Body Slammed By Coach After Winning Gold

A hilarious video of a Moldovan wrestler getting body slammed by his coach has gone viral on social media platforms. Alexandrin Gutu of Republic of Moldova won gold in the men’s Greco-Roman 71 kg category by beating Stepan Starodubtsev of Russia at the Youth Olympic Games. The official decision gave him ‘Victory by Fall’. Right after the buzzer goes to signal the end of the bout, Gutu, with his arms raised, runs towards his coach who instead of hugging him, body slams him to the ground.

The duo’s unique celebration started doing the rounds on Twitter with the official handle of the Olympics page also posting the video.

The third Youth Olympic Games are being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina between 6 and 18 October 2018. It is the first Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held outside of Asia.

The Russian Federation currently heads the medals tally with a total of 43 medals, including 24 golds, 11 silvers and eight bronzes.

A contingent of 68 members from India, including 47 athletes, is in Argentina to compete in 13 sports during the event. This is India’s largest ever contingent at the Youth Games.

India are in 13th place currently with a total of 10 medals. India have won three gold and seven silver medals.

Jeremy Lalrinnunga won India’s first-ever gold in the men’s weightlifting 62kg competition. Shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won gold in men’s 10m Air Pistol event while Manu Bhaker won the women’s 10m Air Pistol competition.

Shooters brought more glory with Mehuli Ghosh and Shahu Tushar Mane winning silver medals in the women’s and men’s 10m Air Rifle events, respectively.

Lakshya Sen lost in the final of the men’s singles badminton event to take home the silver. In wrestling, Simran won silver in women’s freestyle 43kg category while Tababi Devi Thangjam also took home the silver in women’s -44kg judo event.

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In Visakhapatnam, Goddess at Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Temple Wrapped In Gold Jewellery Worth Rs 4.5 Crore

Goddess at the 140-year-old temple is adorned with jewellery worth crores every year


As Dussehra festivities gather momentum, the goddess at Sri Kanyaka Parameswari temple was decorated with gold ornaments worth crores this year. The goddess was gifted jewellery worth Rs 4.5 crore and another Rs 2.5 crore as currency notes were used to decorate the temple interiors, said the organizing committee on Sunday in Visakhapatnam.

Traditionally every year, on the occasion of Devi Navaratri Vustavalu, the idol is wrapped with gold jewellery and decorated with new currency notes of every possible denomination. Both Indian and foreign currency notes were used to decorate the walls behind the goddess and floor of the inner temple room where the idol is kept.

In the 140-year-old temple, the idol is worshipped as Sri Mahalakshmi during Dussehra festivals. Local reports say, after a special puja yesterday, the priests decorated the goddess with gold saree, plait and ornaments.

Over 200 devotees have reportedly contributed the gold and cash for the puja this year. 

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Directorate Of Revenue Intellifence DRI Officials Arrest 3 With Gold, Silver Worth Crores Of Rupees

DRI arrested three men, seized gold, silver worth crores of rupees (Representational)


The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested three men and seized gold and silver worth crores of rupees from them, believed to have been smuggled into the country from neighbouring Nepal, according to an official statement issued Thursday.

Acting on inputs, the DRI officials searched two residential premises in Howrah and 9.091 kg of gold of foreign origin valued at Rs 2.87 crore and 14 kg of silver of foreign origin, worth Rs 4.2 lakh, were recovered, it said.

On further follow up action, the officials conducted searches at a shop and recovered another 3.8 kg of silver granules of foreign origin valued at Rs 1.14 lakh and nearly 46 grams gold of foreign origin, worth Rs 1.45 lakh, along with Rs 1.12 crore in cash.

Three men were arrested in these searches conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, the DRI said in the statement.

These three men could not produce any licit documents of import and for possession of gold, silver and Indian currency notes amounting to Rs 1.12 crore, it said.

With this, the DRI has seized over 290 kg of gold, valued at close to Rs 88.39 crore, from the region spread over West Bengal and the north-eastern states in the current financial year. The gold was smuggled from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal and even China.

In the previous financial year, the DRI had seized close to 430 kg of gold in the east and northeast region collectively valued at more than Rs 110 crore.

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Saurabh Chaudhary Wins Gold Medal In 10m Air Pistol Event

Chaudhary, who is also an Asian Games and Junior ISSF World Championship gold medallist, had 18 scores of 10 and above in the eight-man finals. He had topped the qualifying stage with 580 points. Hailing from Kalina village near Meerut, Chaudhary emerged winner a day after another 16-year-old, Manu Bhaker, won the women’s pistol event.

Despite four scores of under 10 to start with, Chaudhary managed to stay ahead and then extended his domination with scores of 10.7 10.4 10.4 and 10.0. He continued to lead the pack as the finals entered the elimination stage.

Earlier, 15-year-old Jeremy Lalrinnunga showed some strength in weightlifting by clinching India’s first ever Youth Olympics gold after lifting a personal best of 274kg in the men’s 62kg category in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“I am feeling really happy that I won the gold medal here,” Lalrinnunga told PTI from the Argentine capital.

As his father Lalneihtluanga was a national level medal winning boxer, Lalrinnunga himself aspired to become a pugilist from an early age but that changed when he learned about weightlifting.

“A new weightlifting academy opened in my village. The moment I saw it I wanted to try out the sport. I used to do boxing when I was younger but when I tried weightlifting I loved it.

“It’s a sport that involves strength and that is the reason I love it,” Lalrinnunga said.

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Manu Bhaker Claims India’s First Ever Gold In Shooting At Youth Olympics

Lalrinnunga, who is also a world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274kg (124kg +150kg) to finish on top in the Argentine capital on Monday night, which was early Tuesday morning in India. “I am feeling really happy that I won the gold medal here,” Lalrinnunga told PTI.

The 16-year-old Bhaker shot 236.5 to finish on top of the podium on Tuesday, making up for the heartbreak at the Asian Games in Indonesia and the World Championship where she could not live up to her billing.

“This is an important win for me. It will be a morale booster (after the Asian Games disappointment) as I look forward with an aim to bring home more laurels,” Bhaker said after winning the gold. Mizo sensation Lalrinnunga, who will turn 16 on October 26, is the son of a former boxer, Lalneihtluanga, who has seven national-level gold medals to his credit.

Lalrinnunga was himself an aspiring boxer before he shifted to weightlifting on the advice of coaches and was picked up by the Army Sports Institute scouts in 2011 at the age of 8. Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process.

On Tuesday, Bhaker began the eight-woman final with a 10.0 and followed it up with a 10.1 and 10.4. She led the Stage 1 with 99.3 after a sequence that included seven scores of 10 and above.

Two 9.8 in the beginning of the second stage (elimination) were followed by a 10.1 and 9.9, helping her maintain the lead over Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem by some distance.

The World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medallist extended her domination in the following shots and looked to be on course for the yellow metal. She slipped once to the second place but quickly regained the top position. Earlier, Bhaker topped the qualifying with 576, which included a series of 95, 96, 96, 96, 95, 98 and placed second and third in the qualification were Russia’s Enina Iana and Chinese Lu Kaiman with 569, the gulf in scores clearly highlighting the form the Indian was in.

Representing the country in the women’s 10m air pistol event, Bhaker has won medals at all major events she has participated barring the recent Asian Games.

While Lalrinnunga and Bhaker made the nation proud, weightlifter Sneha Soren could not finish on the podium in the women’s 48kg category, signing off the fifth.

In swimming, Srihari Nataraj, who competed in the 100m backstroke final despite being a reserve, could only manage a sixth position. In other events, Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar, India’s representatives in table tennis, won their singles matches of the group stage.

Kamath beat Malaysia’s Javen Choong 4-2 while Thakkar defeated Slovakia’s Aleksandra Vovk 4-1.    It was a big win for India in hockey as the team thrashed Austria 9-1.

Rising badminton sensation Lakshya Sen had it tough against Danylo Bosniuk in the first game before he regained his composure to beat the Ukrainian 23-21, 21-8. India have already won four medals with Tushar Mane and Mehuli Ghosh bagging a silver each in 10m rifle shooting while Thangjam Tababi Devi won India’s first medal in judo by finishing second in the 44kg category. India won just two medals — a silver and a bronze — in the last Youth Olympics in 2014 in Nanjing in China.

In the inaugural 2010 edition in Singapore, the nation fetched six silver and a couple of bronze medals. The country is being represented by 47 athletes at the ongoing Games, its biggest ever contingent. 

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India Clinches 11 Medals With 3 Gold On Day 3

Bhyan produced her best throw in her fourth attempt, 16.02m, winning the F32/51 event ahead of UAE’s Alkaabi Thekra, who threw 15.75m. Bhyan had come into the competition on the back of a gold winning performance at the Indian Open Para Athletics Championship earlier this year.

The F32/51 class features athletes with significant impairment in hand function.

Para-athletics continued to give gold for India as Thakur won the T35 100m final race in 14.02 seconds, ahead of Adawi Ahmed of Saudi Arabia (14.40) and Yiu Chui Bao of Hong Kong (14.62). This was India’s fourth gold from para-athletics.

Athletes in T35 class have coordination impairments (hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis).

Youngster Thakur, who turns 17 on October 17, then gave India its third gold of the day. His category features athletes with upper and/or lower limb impairment for competition in pistol events.

India also secured three silver medals through Surender Aneesh Kumar (men’s F43/44,F62/64 discus), Ram Pal (men’s T45/46/47 high jump), Virender (men’s F56/57 shot put).

The five bronze medal winners on Tuesday are Monu Ghangas, Jayanti Behera, Anandan Gunasekaran, Sundar Singh Gurjar and Pradeep — all from para-athletics.

Ghangas finished third in the men’s shot put F11, which covers vision impairment, and Gunasekaran in men’s 200m T44/62/64 class, which deals with impairment in foot, ankle and/or lower leg but the athletes compete without prothesis.

Behera bagged the bronze in the women’s 200m T45/46/47 event, which is for athletes with limb impairment. Gurjar bagged the bronze in men’s F46 discus throw which relates to upper limbs affected by limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement.

With the 11 medals today, India maintained its eighth spot with 6 gold, 9 silver and 13 bronze for a total of 28 medals. Out of these, 15 (4 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze) are from para-athletics.

China continued to rule the roost with 73 gold, 32 silver and 29 bronze, followed by South Korea (23 gold, 20 silver and 11 bronze).

On Monday, javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary won gold with a world record effort.

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Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Mizo Weightlifting Sensation, Claims India’s First Gold

Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga clinched India’s maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics, claiming the top honours in the men’s 62 kg category. The 15-year-old from Aizwal, who is also a world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274 kg (124 kg +150 kg) to finish on top in the Argentine capital on Monday night. The silver medal went to Turkey’s Toptas Caner, who lifted 263 kg (122 kg + 141 kg), while Colombia’s Villar Estiven Jose took the bronze with an effort of 260 kg (115 kg + 143 kg). The Mizo sensation, who will turn 16 on October 26, is being touted as the next big name in Indian weightlifting.

Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process.

Russian shooter Grigorii Shamakov on Monday had won the first gold medal of the event by winning the 10m boys’ air rifle event. “I didn’t have the best start but I was able to keep calm and improve,” Shamakov said on Sunday after he claimed gold with a score of 249.2 points, Xinhua news agency reported. “I had a plan to prepare to win the gold medal and I’m very happy that I have managed to achieve that,” he added.

Shahu Mane of India had won silver with 247.5, while Aleksa Mitrovic of Serbia won bronze with 227.9. China’s Zhang Changhong finished fourth with 205.6 points.

“I didn’t have the best start but I was able to keep calm and improve,” Shamakov said. “I had a plan to prepare to win the gold medal and I’m very happy that I have managed to achieve that.”

“I feel very proud after winning silver and happy that I started the medal tally for India,” said Mane, who finished 1.7 points behind Shamakov.

(With Inputs From Agencies)

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India Scoops 11 Medals With 3 Gold, Javelin Thrower Sandeep Chaudhary Smashes World Record

Chaudhary claimed the top spot with a best throw of 60.01m, which he managed in his third attempt. He, in the process, shattered the F44 world record, bettering the earlier mark of 59.82, which Chinese Mingjie Gao made in 1980. Chaudhary’s disability falls in the F42-44/61-64 category, which relates to limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.

The athletes in this category compete with or without prosthesis. Para-athletics gave two more silver also with Ramya Shanmugam and Radha Venkatesh finishing second in women’s F46 javelin throw and women’s T12/13 1500m race respectively.

Swimming also fetched four medals for India. Besides, the gold from Narayan, India also won three bronze from swimming on Monday. India also won a silver in para-powerlifting while shooting para sport gave the country a silver and a bronze.

With today’s 11 medals, India’s medal tally stood at 3 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze to occupy the eighth spot in the medal table.

India had won two silver and three bronze on Sunday. China is on top of the medal table with 35 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze, followed by South Korea with 14 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze.

Javelin thrower Chaudhary was one of the star performers of the day in the Games with his world record throw.

“For the Asian Para Games, I had a very good preparation and with a world record I have won a gold medal and I’m really happy with that,” a beaming Chaudhary said after his event.

“I’m not going to stop there with that performance, I will try my best at the next World Championships in Dubai. Thanks to my coach and the Paralympic Committee of India who supported me at every level, it is a really good achievement for India and for me also,” he added.

In the women’s T11 1500m race, Rakshitha clocked 5 minute 40.64 seconds to clinch the gold. Her disability falls in T11 category which relates to very low visual acuity and/or no light perception.

Narayan clinched the gold in men’s S7 50m butterfly by clocking 32.72 seconds while swimming at lane number 5. Yang Hong of China was second with 33.54 while Payungsakul Boonyarit of Thailand took the bronze in 38.09.

Swimmers with S7 classification mainly use their arms and trunk. They have limited leg function or are missing a leg or parts of both legs. This class includes a number of different disabilities including people with amputations and cerebral palsy.

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China Win Gold In Open Section, India Finish Sixth

India finished sixth in the open section and eighth in women’s team category on the final day of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad on Friday at Georgia. China won the gold in both the sections — open and women. In the open section, third-seeded China drew the top-seeded USA while second-seeded Russia defeated France. In the end, USA won the silver medal while Russia won the bronze. This is the second time that China won the Olympiad gold. China had previously won it in 2014 in Norway. Fifth-seeded India was ranked sixth after its draw against Poland.

“Last Olympiad we benefited from the tiebreak system; this time, unfortunately, we didn’t. Nevertheless, silver is a good result and I’d like to thank all my team members for their dedicated work. Congrats to China on gold in the Open and Women’s sections,” US top board player Fabiano Caruana tweeted.

In the women’s section, while China clinched gold, Ukraine and Georgia won silver and bronze medals respectively.

The fifth-seeded Indian women’s team secured the eighth position. It was a day of mixed results for India with the open team splitting points with Poland while the women’s team defeated Mongolia 3:1.

In the open section, the fifth-seeded Indian team drew all the four games. On the top board, former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand, after a day of rest, drew with Jan-Krzysztof Duda in a short game that ended in 25 moves.

Similarly, P Harikrishna, Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi and B Adhiban drew their games against Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Kacper Piorun and Jackek Tomczak respectively.

In the women’s section, top rated Koneru Humpy was rested against Mongolia and Padmini Rout played on the fourth board.

On the top board, Harika Dronavalli drew with Batkhuyag Munguntuul after a marathon 72 moves.

Playing with white pieces Tania Sachdev beat Nomin-Erdene Davaademberel while Eesha Karavade drew with Turmunkh Munkhzul.

On the fourth board, Padmini Rout defeated Dulamsuren Yanjindulam in 65 moves.

The 44th World Chess Olympiad will be hosted by Russian city Khanty-Mansiysk in 2020.

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