South Asian Games: India win whopping 56 medals, breach 100-mark to consolidate top spot


KATHMANDU: Led by actual performances by wushu players and swimmers, India breached the 100-medal designate by winning a whopping 56 medals on the fourth day of competitions to consolidate their prime feature within the South Asian Games on Thursday.

India secured their most attention-grabbing medal haul on a single day to this level within the Games to lead the medal tally with 62 gold, 41 silver and 21 bronze for a complete of 124 medals to depart hosts Nepal a ways within the aid of within the 2d area.

Nepal has 36 gold, 27 silver and 38 bronze for a complete of 101 medals, followed by Sri Lanka at third feature with 107 medals (17 gold, 35 silver, 55 bronze).

India added 30 gold, 18 silver and 8 bronze on Thursday.

The bulk of India’s medals got right here from swimming, wushu, weightlifting and athletics. India’s gold speed was ended in by wushu with as many as seven yellow metals coming from it.

Suraj Singh fetched the main wushu gold of the day in men’s gunshu all-spherical occasion sooner than Y Sanathoi Devi (girls folks’s sansou 52kg), Punam (girls folks’s 75kg), Deepika (girls folks’s 70kg), Sushila (girls folks’s 65kg), Roshibina Devi (girls folks’s 60kg) and Sunil Singh (men’s 52kg) moreover clinched prime spots of their respective events.

O Bidyapati Chanu bagged a bronze in girls folks’s sansou 56kg category.

Swimming accounted for the most medals for India on Thursday with 11, of which four had been gold, six silver and one bronze.

Likith Selvaraj Prema clocked 2 minute 14.67 seconds to purchase the boys’s 200m breaststroke (instant direction) gold while compatriot Danush Suresh received the silver in 2: 19.27.

India’s 2d gold from swimming got right here from Apeksha Delyla Fernandes who received the boys’s 200m breaststroke (instant direction) with a time of 2: 38.05.

Divya Satija clinched a gold in girls folks’s 100m butterfly (instant direction), clocking 1: 02.78, sooner than the girls folks’s 400m freestyle relay team executed on prime of the podium with a time of 3: 55.17.

Indians bagged four gold medals on the main day of weightlifting competitions. Jhilli Dalabehera, who had fetched a silver within the Asian Weightlifting Championship earlier this year, lifted a complete of 151 kg (66kg in snatch and 85kg in trim & jerk) to purchase the yellow metal in girls folks’s under 45 kg category.

In the girls folks’s under 49kg occasion, Sneha Soren bagged the quit honours. The 18-year-ragged lifted 68kg within the snatch and followed it up by an 89kg effort within the trim and jerk category for a complete of 157kg.

In the girls folks’s 55kg occasion, Commonwealth Championship gold medallist Sorokhaibam Bindyarani Devi emerged victorious. The Manipuri lifted a complete of 181kg to take the quit area on the podium.

India’s fourth weightlifting gold of the day got right here from Siddhant Gogoi within the boys’s 61 kg category for his effort of 264 kg.

Taekwondo players’ impressive sing moreover endured as they gave India six medals — 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. India’s participation within the taekwondo self-discipline within the SAG was allowed on the eleventh hour after intervention from the World Olympic Committee.

Purva Dattary Dixit (girls folks’s 49kg), Ruchika Bhave (girls folks’s 67kg) and Margaret Maria (girls folks’s 73kg) bagged the gold for India while Niraj Choudhary (men’s 58kg) and Akshay Hooda (men’s 87kg) clinched a silver every. Lakshya then added a bronze in men’s 80kg category.

Discover and topic athletes had a comparatively quieter day after leading from the front within the previous two days as they pocketed six medals, including one gold, on Thursday.

Triple jumper Karthik Unnikrishnan was the lone gold winner in athletics as he cleared a distance of 16.47m while compatriot Mohammed Salahuddin jumped 16.16m to purchase the silver for a 1-2 keep for India.

Surender Jayakumar (men’s 110m hurdles), Aparna Roy (girls folks’s 100m hurdles) and Priya Habbathanahally (girls folks’s 400m) moreover received a silver every while KS Jeevan (men’s 400m) bagged a bronze.

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