Looking back at 2017: Top moments in Indian sports

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Internet Desk: There are many things that have happened in Indian sports except cricket and football. From India’s star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth winning two back to back Super Series to Mary Kom’s fifth gold in Asian Boxing Championships, the fans got to watch some splendid performances throughout the year. As the year comes to an end www.xtratime.in looks at this year’s top 5 moments in Indian sports except cricket and football.

#Srikanth won Four Super Series title in this season 

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Indian star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth had a great season this year as he won four Super Series title. He comfortably edged passed Japanese Kenta Nishimoto in straight sets to win the French Open Super Series which was his fourth title of the season earlier in October. He won the Denmark Open just a week ahead of winning the French Open SS. On the Women’s section star shuttler PV Sindhu too reached the final of the Dubai World Super Series. Sindhu went down to fighting top seed and World No.2 Akane Yamaguchi in a hard-fought match by 21-15,12-21, 19-21. This year will always be remembered as one of the best year in Indian Badminton.

#Vijender Singh wins double title in WBO Championships

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India’s star boxer Vijender Singh created history back in August as he beat another undefeated boxer Zulipikar Maimaitiali of China. The 31-year old former Olympic bronze-medallist from Haryana was in the ring for his ninth professional fight and his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title was on the line. With this win over Zulipikar Vijender had also won the WBO Oriental super middleweight title.

Last night Vijender Singh defended his both titles in style against Africa’s star boxer Ernest Amuzu with a unanimous decision by the judges on Saturday. With this victory Vijender has won 10 pro bouts at a stretch.

#Indian Hockey team wins Bronze in HWL

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India reclaimed the bronze medal at the Hockey World League (HWL) Final after eking out a close 2-1 win over a depleted but spirited Germany in the third-fourth place classification match earlier in December. Earlier in October, they comfortably held on to a 2-1 win against Malaysia to end a decade of wait as they were crowned as the champions of  Asia Cup Hockey Championship. This also happened to be India’s third title victory in the history of this tournament.

#Mary Kom won record fifth title in Asian Boxing Championships

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Legendary Indian boxer and five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom created history back in November by winning her fifth gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championships by beating DPR Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the final. Mary thumped her opponent in the final bout by 5-0 through with an unanimous decision from the judges.

#Mirabai Chanu bagged gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships

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Saikhom Mirabai Chanu of India lifted a new world record of 194kg – 85kg snatch and 109kg clean-and-jerk – to bag a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships. By doing so she became the only second Indian weightlifter after Karnam Malleswari to achieve that feat.

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