Air India B down MbPT 2-1

Air India 'B' survived a strong challenge from Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) to eke out a narrow 2-1 victory in a keenly contested Senior Division match, of the Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd. (MHAL) League 2013, at the MHAL Stadium, Churchgate on Wednesday. The winners got both their goals in the first half.

The Air India outfit consisting of several Olympians and internationals in their ranks enjoyed a distinct edge over their opponents, who put up a dogged display to take the fight to the rival camp. The dominant Air India side did not take too much time to open the scoring as Ashish Gonsalves struck in the very fifth minute of the match. Ten minutes later, they doubled the lead when Port Trust conceded an own goal. Port Trust did not lose heart and fought on gamely but only found success late when Zubair Shaikh successfully converted a penalty corner in the 67th minute to reduce the margin.

Results: At MHAL ground, Churchgate Senior Div: Air India 'B' 2 (Ashish Gonsalves, own goal) beat Mumbai Port Trust 1 (Zubair Shaikh)

Mumbai swimmer Ishaan Jaffer shines

Mumbai lad Ishaan Jaffer bagged six gold, including four individual medals, to emerge boys' under-14 Group II individual champion, in the recently concluded 40th Junior National Aquatic Championship held at Hyderabad.

Ishaan, of Bombay Scottish, helped himself to the 200m, 400m, 1500m freestyle, 400m medley gold and added the 4x100 freestyle and 4x100 medley relay gold. In addition, he won the 800m freestyle and 4x200 freestyle relay silver to complete a rewarding campaign.

Ishaan initiated his path to glory when he qualified for the junior nationals with five gold that included records in the 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m freestyle and 400m individual medley in the State Championships held from June 5 to 9 at Pune. "I can't believe it," said a delighted Ishaan soon after returning to Mumbai. "I've just arrived and it has yet to sink in. It was not easy though. I faced stiff competition."

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