South Asia Games: India wins a whopping 50 medals, exceeds 100 marks to consolidate first place

KATHMANDU: Directed by strong performances by wushu players and swimmers, India broke the 100-medal mark by winning a whopping 50 medals on the fourth day of competitions to consolidate its first position in the South Asia Games Thursday.

India secured its best medal haul in a single day so far in the Games to lead the medal count with 58 gold, 41 silver and 19 bronze for a total of 118 medals to leave the Nepalese hosts far behind in the second place.

Nepal has 36 gold, 26 silver and 34 bronze for a total of 96 medals, followed by Sri Lanka (16 gold, 31 silver, 52 bronze) in third place.

India agregó 26 de oro, 18 de plata y 6 de bronce Thursday.

The bulk of India's medals came from swimming, wushu, weightlifting and athletics. India's gold rush was triggered by wushu with as many as seven yellow metals coming from it.

Suraj Singh fetched the first wushu gold of the day in men's gunshu all-round event before & Sanathoi Devi (women's sansou 52kg), Punam (women's 75kg), Deepika (women's 70kg), Sushila (women's 65kg), Roshibina Devi (women's 60kg) and Sunil Singh (men's 52kg) also clinched top spots in their respective events.

Or Bidyapati Chanu bagged a bronze in the 56 kg sansou category for women.

Swimming represented the highest number of medals for India on Thursday with 11, of which four were gold, six silver and one bronze.

Likith Selvaraj Prema recorded 2 minutes 14.67 seconds to win the 200 m gold male chest (short course) while his compatriot Danush Suresh won the silver in 2: 19.27.

India's second gold of swimming wine Apeksha Delyla Fernandes who won the men's 200m breaststroke (short course) with a time of 2: 38.05.

Divya Satija got a gold in the 100-meter female butterfly (short course), marking 1: 02.78, before the women's 400-meter freestyle relay team finished at the top of the podium with a time of 3: 55.17.

The Indians won four gold medals on the first day of weightlifting competitions. Jhilli Dalabehera, who had won a silver medal at the Asian Weightlifting Championship earlier this year, lifted a total of 151 kg (66 kg at boot and 85 kg in clean&jerk) to win the yellow metal in the women's category of less of 45 kg.

In the women's event of less than 49 kg, Sneha Soren took top honors. The 18-year-old lifted 68 kg at the start and followed with an effort of 89 kg in the cleaning and pull category for a total of 157 kg.

In the 55 kg women's event, the gold medalist of the Commonwealth Championship, Sorokhaibam Bindyarani Devi, was victorious. The Manipuri lifted a total of 181 kg to take first place on the podium.

India's fourth gold for weightlifting of the day came from Siddhant Gogoi in the 61 kg men's category for his 264 kg effort.

The impressive spectacle of Taekwondo players also continued, as they gave India six medals: 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. The participation of India in the discipline of taekwondo in the SAG was allowed eleven hours after the intervention of the International Olympic Committee.

Purva Dattary Dixit (49 kg of women), Ruchika Bhave (67 kg of women) and Margaret Maria (73 kg of women) pocketed gold for India, while Niraj Choudhary (58 kg of men) and Akshay Hooda (87 kg of men) obtained one silver each. Lakshya then added a bronze in the men's 80 kg category.

Los atletas de atletismo tuvieron un día relativamente más tranquilo después de liderar desde el frente en los últimos dos días, ya que se llevaron seis medallas, incluida una de oro, Thursday.

Triple jumper Karthik Unnikrishnan was the only gold winner in athletics to clear a distance of 16.47m, while fellow countryman Mohammed Salahuddin jumped 16.16m to win silver for a 1-2 final for India.

Surender Jayakumar (110m hurdles for men), Aparna Roy (100m hurdles for women) and Priya Habbathanahally (400m for women) also won one silver each, while KS Jeevan (400m for men) pocketed a bronze .

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