South Asian Games: India gets 41 medals on day 5 to further consolidate first place

KATHMANDU/POKHARA: The ferries led another great show from India while the country widens the gap at the top by earning 41 medals, including 19 gold, on day 5 of day 13. South Asia Games on Friday.

India grabbed another 18 silver and 4 bronze to carry the total of 165 medals (81 gold, 59 silver, 25 bronze) and leave Nepal in second place (41 gold, 27 silver, 48 bronze), which won 116 medals in total, behind.

Sri Lanka is third with a total of 134 medals (23 gold, 42 silver, 69 bronze).

Los transbordadores ganaron las medallas de oro máximas, cuatro, para India on Friday. Dominaron por completo la disciplina al ganar cuatro de oro y dos de plata en el día.

Former silver medalist of world youth championships Siril Verma He lived up to his best planting when he recovered from a game to outwit his countryman Aryaman Tandon 17-21, 23-21, 21-13 in a men's individual final from all over India.

In the women's individual final, Ashmita Chaliha overcame a late wave of another Indian Gayatri Gopichand to end with a victory 21-18, 25-23.

In doubles, there was double delight for Dhruv who emerged victorious in both male and mixed doubles. He paired with Krishna Prasad Garaga to win the men's doubles title 21-19 19-21 21-18 against Sachin Dias and Buwaneka of Sri Lanka.

In mixed doubles, the best Dhruv and Meghana Jakkampudi seeds surpassed the second seeds Sachin Dias and Thilini Pramodika Hendehewe of Sri Lanka 21-16, 21-14 in the final.

Athletics athletes, who led the Indian charge in recent days, won a maximum of 12 medals, but only two of them were gold. The two golds were won at men's and women's weight throwing events.

In men's shot put, Asian champion Tejinder Pal Singh Toor broke the South Asia Games record with a creditable throw of 20.03m to win the gold. He bettered compatriot Bahadur Singh Sagoo's previous record of 19.15m made in 1999.

Another Indian Om Prakash Karhana was a distant second with a better pitch of 17.31 m.

In the women's weight throwing event, Abha Khatuwa took the gold throwing the iron ball at a distance of 15.32 m. Compatriot Kachana Chaudhary pocketed the bronze with a 13.66 m throw.

The country's fencers also made their presence felt in the South Asia Games by clinching three gold and as many silver.

Wangelmbam Thoibi Devi won gold in female foil while fellow countryman Radhika Prasad pocketed the silver in a 1-2 finish for India.

In the men's saber event too, Karan Singh and Kumaresan Padma Gishonidhi secured gold and silver. Indian also finished 1-2 in the men's sword event with Sunil Kumar claiming the gold, while Jayaprakash Guruprakash pocketed the silver.

Also in table tennis, the Indians won gold and silver in the men's and women's singles.

Anthony Amalraj defeated fellow countryman Harmeet Desai 4-3, while Sutirtha Mukherjee knocked down Ayhika Mukherjee 4-2 in the individual men's and women's finals in India, respectively.

Indian weightlifters also continued their impressive career in the regional multisport event by claiming three golds and one silver.

Achinta Sheuli opened the gold account on Friday when she finished at the top of the podium in the men's 73 kg with a total lift of 300 kg.

Rakhi Halder added another gold in 64 kg women with a total effort of 200 kg, while Manpreet Kaur won the third in the women's category of 71 kg with a total lifting of 192 kg.

Later, Ajay Singh won a men's 81 kg silver by lifting 316 kg in total.

Los ciclistas indios también abrieron su cuenta de medalla de oro on Friday.

Elangbam Chaoba Devi finished at the top of the podium in the women's elite race, while John Naveen Thomas and Arvind Panwar took a gold and a silver respectively in the men's elite event.

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