With 67 Gold, India on record breaking spree at SAG

Last Updated: Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 22:26

Dhaka: India bagged maximum medals from swimming and track and field events besides creating two new meet records as they surge far ahead of other countries in the
medal tally on the 10th day of the 11th South Asian Games here
today.

With 10 gold, 12 silver and eight bronze they won on the
penultimate day of competition in the Games, India now have
129 medals (67 gold, 40 silver and 22 bronze).

Pakistan are distant second with 17 gold, 23 silver and
27 bronze. Hosts Bangladesh closed in on Pakistan for the
second spot with 14 gold, 19 silver and 44 bronze.

Shooter Surendra Singh Rathod made his entry into record
books when he shot 1172 in 50m rifle three position as Indians
pocketed both the gold on offer today to end their campaign on
a high.

India also won a bronze to sign off with 19 gold, nine
silver and five bronze from shooting.

But it was the swimmers who fetched the maximum gold --
four -- today, besides creating a new meet record by Sandeep
Sejwal in 200m breaststroke. They also won a silver and a
bronze.

Track and field gave India maximum medals -- three gold,
five silver and four bronze -- though Sri Lanka dominated the
event taking four gold.

Bibin Mathew (men`s 400m), Kashinath Naik (men`s javelin
throw), G Gayathry (women`s 100m hurdle) won gold for India.
It was, however, heartbreak for the Indians in hockey as
they lost 4-5 to Pakistan via tie-breaker in a thrilling final
match after both the sides were locked 1-1 after regulation
and extra time.

Further disappointment came from the Indian men`s

football team as they lost to Maldives 1-3 in the bronze medal
match.

But, taekwondo players provided the Indians reasons to
smile as they bagged a gold and a bronze to open their
account.

Indian wrestlers also bagged two silver, while karatekas
fetched the country three silver and one bronze medal.

Archers continued their winning run to make it to the
final in both the men`s and women`s team events.

In individual sections, ace archer Dola Banerjee and
Bombayla Devi made it to the women`s final, while Tarundeep
Roy advanced into the men`s final.

In table tennis, India were assured of a gold and a
silver with both the Indian pairs of Soumyadeep Roy/Shamini
Kumaresan and Amalraj/Madhurika Phatkar making it an
all-Indian affair in mixed doubles final.

On the concluding day of shooting event at the National
Shooting Complex range at Gulshan here, Rathod shot 1172 in
the 50m rifle three position en route to his third gold.

Rathod, who bettered his national record of 1170 in 50m
rifle three position, won his fourth gold in the team event
with India shooting 3455 points. Hariom Singh and Devesh Panwar were the other two members
of Indian team that clinched 50m rifle three position gold.

Armyman Rathod, who hails from Mehsana District in
Gujarat, had earlier bagged two gold -- individual and team --
in the 50m rifle pistol event also with a record score of 593.

Having shattered the meet record in 200m breaststroke
earlier, Beijing Olympian Sejwal set another in 100m
breaststroke when he clocked 1:05.01 to better the previous
one of 1:07.73.

India had a top-two finish in the 100m breaststroke with
Puneet Rana (1:06.74) taking the silver. Local lad Mohammad
Kamal Hossain (1:07.32) took the bronze.

Balkrishnan Melkote Badrinath bettered the previous best
of 28.38 when he timed 27.63 for the 50m backstroke gold.
India also got a bronze in the same event through Rohit
Havaldar (28.35).

India`s third gold from swimming came in 100m butterfly
event when Arjun Muralidharan (56.86) finished way ahead of
Sri Lankan Conrad Anthony Francis (58.44).

In the women`s 50m backstroke, Fariha Zaman (33.00)
finished first en route to the gold medal as Sri Lanka`s
Walakanda Kankanamge (34.56) and Pakistan`s Kiran Khan (34.89)
bagged the silver and bronze medals respectively.

In men`s hockey, India missed twice in the tie-breaker to
go down to arch-rivals Pakistan 4-5 (1-1) in an intense summit
clash at the Moulana Bhashin Stadium artificial turf. India took the lead after seniormost pro V Raghunath
sounded the board from a penalty corner in the sixth minute of
the match to go into the lemon break with a 1-0 lead.

But after the changeover, Pakistan bounced back and
equalised in the 45th minute when Wasif Siddique scooped the
ball nicely over the Indian goalkeeper for the equaliser.

Locked 1-1 after the regulation time, both the sides
played out another 30 minutes of extra time but the stalemate
continued and the match was decided via tie-breaker.

Raghunath, Innoncent Kullu and Vikas Pillai scored while
Dharamvir Singh and Varinderjeet Singh missed the target for
India.

For Pakistan, Wasif Siddique, Kashif Javid, Tasawar Abbas
and skipper Sabtain Raja found the target while Zeeshan Ali
failed to score.

In taekwondo, India bagged the gold medal through Anand
Pandia Rajan who beat Javed Karim in the Under 80 kg category.
India also bagged a bronze through Shraddha Dixit in women`s
49kg category.

Kripa Shankar (60kg) and Praveen Tehlan (96kg) brought
the two silver medals in wrestling. Shankar lost out to Abdul
Karim Wahedi while Praveen was beaten by Muhammad Umar (96kg)
in the finals.

In karate, India bagged three silver through Anand Laxman
Mane (men`s 55 kg), Sandhya Chandraker (women`s kata
individual) and Valena Valentina (women`s 45kg). India also
bagged a bronze through Vikash in the men`s kata individual.

In table tennis, Shamini Kumaresan and Madhurika Pal
registered victories over their respective opponents to make
it to the women`s singles semifinals.

In men`s singles, Soumyadeep Roy and Amalraj Anthony
entered the last four rounds. The women`s doubles pair of
Divya Deshpande and Pooja Sahasrabudhe also reached the
semifinals.

In boxing, Suranjoy Singh (51kg), Amandeep (48kg) and
Chhote Lal (57kg) made it to the final rounds.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 22:26

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