New Delhi, 19 May-2014, PTI: Indian recurve archers bagged two medals -- a silver and…
There was no stopping the Indian juggernaut in the 12th South Asian Games with the country’s swimmers, wrestlers and weightlifters continuing their demolition of competition to fetch a bulk of the gold medals and complete a second successive day of supremacy here.
India stood heads and shoulders above competition to top the medals tally with a count of 42, which included 27 gold, 12 silver and 3 bronze medals. The second spot continued to be held by Sri Lanka with a total of 37 medals (8 gold, 17 silver, 12 bronze). The bulk of the medals today came through the swimmers, who scooped 10 in all — including 4 gold , 5 silver and 1 bronze.
The wrestlers added 4 gold and a silver, while the weightlifters snared 3 gold medals. The swimmers, who had fetched 3 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals yesterday, once again created a splash with Sandeep Sejwal picking his second gold of the Games. As many as five Games record were created out of the seven events today with the Indians accounting for three of them, including Sejwal’s.
However, India suffered a reverse as well with ace swimmer Veerdhawal Khade losing the men’s 50m freestyle golf to promising Sri Lankan teenager Matthew Abeysinghe, who grabbed his third gold of the Games, the most by any swimmer so far. Abeysinghe won in a Games Record time of of 23:33 to emerge as the fastest swimmer of Games, eclipsing Khade’s 2010 Dhaka edition mark of 23.75 secs. Khade also bettered his own Dhaka mark with an effort of 23.54 secs but had to be content with the silver.
On the other hand, Sejwal, who won a gold in 200m breaststroke yesterday, added another yellow metal in 100m breastroke in a new Games Record time of 1:03.14
Gold Medal winner in the 58 Kg category Weightlifter Saraswati Rout with the silver and bronze medalist at the presentation ceremony during the 12th South Asian Games in Guwhati on Sunday(PTI)
Rout brought the first gold of the day, and fourth for India, in women’s 58kg with a total lift of 187 kg (80 kg in snatch + 107 kg clean and jerk).
Cycling competition underway (PTI)
In men’s 60km criterium event, India’s Pankaj Kumar bagged a bronze with 21 total points. Also performing well were the archers and the hosts remained on course to grab all the 10 gold medals on offer by storming into the finals of the recurve and compound team and mixed pair events. Indian women shuttlers also began their campaign with an easy 3-0 win over their Nepalese opponents.
Cynosure of Indian badminton team at the SA Games, PV Sindhu gave the team a perfect start a day after she was the flagbearer at the opening ceremony with a 21-2 21-8 win over Sara Devi Tamang in 15 minutes.
18-year-old rising Indian shuttler Gadde Ruthvika Shivani used her height to advantage to breeze past Nangsal Tamang 21-6 21-2 in 15 minutes to make it 2-0 for the hosts. Meanwhile in men’s event, India beat Afghanistan 3-0 with Ajay Jayram, HS Prannoy, Akshay Dewalkar and Pranay Chopra securing facile victories to top Group A.
On the hockey field in Guwahati, the Indian women’s hockey team began its campaign with a 24-0 mauling of Nepal in a completely lopsided round robin league match. Strikers Soundarya Yendala (15th, 52nd, 62nd and 64th minutes) and Poonam Barla (7th, 472nd, 43rd and 51st) scored the most with four strikes each. Four players Rani (2nd, 46th and 48th), Jaspreet Kaur (4th, 35th and 56th), Neha Goyal (14th, 22nd and 70th) and Deepika (53rd, 62nd and 67th) scored three goals each while Gurjit Kaur (21st and 41st) and Preeti Dubey (23rd and 29th) got the other goals for India.
The day was not without disappointment though with India suffering a major setback in squash. The fancied men’s duo of Saurav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu lost to opponents from arch-rivals Pakistan in the individual men’s semifinals. Top seed Ghosal was out of sorts in his 4-11, 5-11, 12-10, 5-11 loss to Farhan Zaman while Sandhu did a shade better before conceding the match in the fourth game in favour of his rival second seed Nasir Iqbal, citing a right hamstring injury. Sandhu was trailing at 7-11 14-12 7-11 6-6 when he called injury time out in an ill-tempered match at the R G Baruah Sports Complex.
It is not yet known whether Sandhu would be fit to play against Ghosal for the bronze-medal match tomorrow after his injury today in the semifinal match which had seen the Indian arguing with the referee who once warned him to stop. In the women’s event, however, ace player and top seed Joshna Chinappa easily defeated her Pakistani rival Sadia Gul 11-9 11-7 11-5 in the semifinals to set up the summit clash tomorrow against another player of the western neighbours.