Dhaka: Paddlers made a clean sweep on the
final day as India ended their campaign in the 11th South
Asian Games on top of the standings with 90 gold, 55 silver
and 30 bronze medals here.
Madhurika Patkar notched up three individual and one team
gold as Indian paddlers grabbed all the available medals to
end their campaign in the 11th South Asian Games on a high.
Madhurika joined shooters Om Prakash and Surendra Singh
Rathod in bagging four gold medals each in this edition of the
South Asian Games. In all, the paddlers bagged seven gold and
and five silver medals.
India also had a bronze medal finish in men`s marathon on
the concluding day but it was mired in controversy as the
actual distance of the marathon was seven km less than the
international standard of 42.1km.
Although the medals have been distributed -- gold to
Nepal`s Rajendra Bahadur Bhandari, silver to Sri Lanka`s Ajith
Bandara Adikari and bronze to India`s Ram Singh -- the
technical committee is still discussing the matter as they
have not declared any timing.
Taking the bronze medal in marathon into consideration,
India finish the event with a haul of 175 medals.
After a close tussle, Pakistan pipped hosts Bangladesh
for the second spot in the overall standings with a haul of
19-25-36. Bangladesh finished with a haul of 18-23-56.
In table tennis, competitions were held in men`s single
and women`s singles which were won by Madhurika and Soumyadeep
Having bagged the women`s doubles, mixed doubles and team
gold medals, Madhurika, who was seeded second, upset top seed
and national champion K Shamini in a tough 4-2 finish.
Shamini struck powerful forehands and backhands but a
string of unforced errors helped Madhurika emerge champion.
The Tamil Nadu girl took the first two games 11-7, 11-8
but an error-prone Shamini conceded the next two games 10-12
She could not recover as the Maharashtra player clinched
the next two games 11-9, 11-6 to clinch her fourth gold.
In the men`s singles, Soumyadeep lived up to his top
billing to deny A Amalraj a fourth gold medal.
He beat 11-6, 6-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 en route to India`s
seven gold medals in TT.