Sports Current Affairs 2017

Sagar Baheti: India’s first visually impaired athlete to complete Boston Marathon

Sagar Baheti has become the first visually impaired Indian runner to complete the historic Boston Marathon. Bengaluru-based 31 years old Baheti completed a distance of 42.16 km distance in just over four hours. Supported by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI), Baheti finished the 121st Boston Marathon as one of 30,000 runners. The 2017 Boston Marathon has been recorded as the second hottest marathon in a decade.

Baheti, a businessman by profession was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a type of macular degeneration that eventually leads to blindness, in 2013. With his participation in the marathon, Baheti expects to raise $10,000 for MABVI, an organization that supports visually impaired persons by providing advanced low-vision devices.

Boston Marathon

Historic Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest, most competitive and the hardest marathon to qualify for. It is an annual event hosted in several cities in greater Boston, United States. It is always held on the third Monday of April. It is one of the six Marathon Majors held throughout the world.

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B Sai Praneeth wins Singapore Open Super Series Title

Sai Praneeth defeated the world No 29 Kidambi Srikanth in an all-Indian men’s singles final and clinched Singapore Open Superseries badminton title. With this, India has become only the fourth country after China, Denmark and Indonesia to have its nationals in a men’s singles Superseries final.

Last year, Sai Praneeth clinched the Canada Open. Kidambi Srikanth has won the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series. He also reached the quarterfinals of Rio Olympics. He holds the distinction of being the first Indian to claim a Superseries title after the graded events became part of the world badminton calendar.

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