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9th Manipur Polo International Tournament USA make history, beat India 5-4 in final
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, November 29 2015: USA made history in 9 years by defeating host India (Manipur) by a margin of 5 goals to four in the final match of the 9th Manipur Polo International Tournament, 2015 played today at Mapal Kangjeibung Imphal.

Champion USA were awarded a case prize of Rs 1 lakh along with trophy while runner-up team Manipur received a cash prize of Rs 50,000 along with trophy.

Certificates were also presented to all the players of the participating teams.

The best pony award went to three horses namely Jackson (Mange Arangba), Forty (Kori Natrang) and Loya (Mange) of S Bimol, P Jotin and IRC respectively.



Chief Minister O Ibobi handing the trophy to USA team
Chief Minister O Ibobi handing the trophy to USA team


In the final match, 2013 runner-up USA stunned India (Manipur) 5-4 .

In the first chukker, India took an early lead after P Ojit opened the account but USA strongly bounced back after Remy Du Celliee Muller scored a goal and Jared Thomas Sheldon hit a double to make the scoreline 3-1 at the end of the first chukker.

In the second chukker both teams tried hard but failed to break the opposition's defence.

The third chukker began with India's P Ojit and S Bimol contributing a goal each to help India take a 4-3 lead.

USA went on the offensive and fought back hard till Pedro Lara secured the equaliser in the final chukker.

USA's efforts finally paid off after Jared Thomas Sheldon banged in the golden goal.

Organised by the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association (MHRPA), 5 teams India (Manipur), Thailand, Australia, England and USA participated in the tournament.

It may be mentioned that, USA bagged the runners-up title after losing 3-5 against Inida-B (Manipur) in the 7th Polo International in 2013 .


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