Montpellier pull clear of Racing

first_imgMontpellier won 11-10 on home soil, Jan Serfontein’s try adding to a pair of Ruan Pienaar penalties, with Bordeaux left to count the cost of failing to convert either of Ed Fidow’s scores.Charlie Slade impressed for Pau, booting 11 points, as they kept their noses ahead of Racing throughout.Watisoni Votu scored a second-half double to help Pau move level on points with Toulon and Toulouse in the final play-off spots, ahead of those sides’ assignments on Sunday.Racing’s reverse snapped an eight-game winning run across all competitions and Castres are now just three points behind them in the table after beating Lyon 33-22.Benjamin Urdapilleta kicked three penalties and converted veteran flanker Rodrigo Capo Ortega’s score as Castres took a 16-7 lead into the interval. They were soon behind, though, as Toby Arnold crossed twice, but the reliable Urdapilleta split the posts again before adding the extras to tries from Armand Batlle and Julien Dumora to take the game away from Lyon.Agen climbed out of the bottom two by beating Stade Francais 36-34 in a thriller, while rock-bottom Oyonnax beat Clermont 18-12, just their second win of the season. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Montpellier centre Jan Serfonteinlast_img read more

South Asian Games: Kavita clinches marathon gold, books Olympic berth

first_imgIndian long-distance runner Kavita Raut on Friday qualified for the Rio Olympics in women’s marathon after winning the event in the 12th South Asian Games, a perfect end to the country’s memorable athletics campaign in the event.O P Jaisha, Lalita Babbar and Sudha Singh have already qualified for women’s marathon in Rio Olympics.Sri Lankans N G Rajasekara (2:50:47.00) and B Anuradhi (2:52:15.00) took the silver and bronze respectively.Nashik girl Raut is the lone athlete to have qualified for the Olympics from the 12th SAG.Another Rio Olympics-bound Nitender Singh Rawat took the men’s marathon gold in 2:15:18 seconds in a close finish in a star-studded field. He won the race by being merely a second ahead of Indrajith Cooray of Sri Lanka who has also qualified for Rio Games.The men’s race had a dramatic ending and there was apparently some confusion over the finishing line inside the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.”Both Rawat and Cooray were not sure of the finishing line and they thought they would finish after running a lap inside the stadium. That was why there was a difference of just one second in the timings of gold and silver winner,” a technical committee member told PTI.Cooray took the silver in 2:15:19 seconds while another Indian Kheta Ram, the third competitor to have booked a Rio Games berth, got the bronze in 2 hours 21 minutes and 14 seconds.With today’s two gold and one bronze, India ended the athletics competition with 28 gold, 22 silver and 9 bronze, medals thereby establishing their unrivalled superiority in the South Asian region.advertisementlast_img read more