India violates twice as many medals, century mark in gold at the South Asian Games
KATHMANDU: India surpassed the 200 mark in total medals, backed by a century of gold, in the South Asia Games as the giant of the country as the undisputed leader continued with the swimmers and fighters producing strong performances on day 6 here on Saturday.
With a whopping 49 medals, including 29 gold, won by the Indians on Saturday, India has left the Nepalese hosts far behind in second place. India's medal count was 214 (110 gold, 69 silver, 35 bronze) versus 142 (43 gold, 34 silver, 65 bronze) from Nepal.
Sri Lanka came in third place with 170 medals (30 gold, 57 silver, 83 bronze).
The swimmers led the burden of India on Saturday by winning 7 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze, as they completely dominated the group once again.
Srihari Nataraj (100 m back), Richa Mishra (800m freestyle), If you go (400 individual mixtures), Maana Patel (100 m back), Chahat Arora (50 m back), Likith SP (50 m chest) and Rujuta Bhatt (50m freestyle) everyone took top honors.
A V Jayaveena (50 m chest) and Ridhima Veerendrakumar (100m back stroke) won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
After Saturday's dominant show, India's total medal count for this discipline has risen to 30. In the first two days, swimmers had won 21 medals in total.
The Indian fighters also began their competition with an explosion, as they won four gold on the opening day.
Satyawart Kadian (97 kg male freestyle), Sumit Malik (male freestyle 125 kg), Gurshanpreet Kaur (76 kg female) and Sarita Mor (57 kg female) all won gold in their respective events to ensure that India ruled the rug.
The silver medalist of the Commonwealth Games, Kadian, knocked down her Pakistani opponent Tabiyar Khan, while national champion Gurshanpreet won gold in her first international competition after seven years.
The shooters also continued their dominant show by obtaining three gold medals on the penultimate day of competitions.
Anish Bhanwala won the 25-meter men's rapid fire gun and then joined Bhabesh Shekhawat and Adarsh Singh to win the men's team title. Mehuli Ghosh and Yas Vardhan took the third gold shot of the day for India in a mixed 10 m air rifle event.
Weightlifters added two gold on Saturday, bringing their total medal to 10 medals (9 gold, 1 silver).
Sharsti Singh lifted a total of 190 kg to finish at the top of the podium in the 81 kg weight class, while Anurudha won gold in the 87 kg women's category with a total effort of 200 kg.
India won eight medals but without a gold on the last day of athletics competitions. Rashpal Singh (men's marathon), Muhammad Afsal (men's 800m), Shivpal Singh (men's javelin throw) and the men's 4x400m relay team each won one silver.
Sher Singh (men's marathon), Jyoti Gawate (women's marathon), Sharmila Kumari (women's javelin throw) and the women's 4x400m relay race team won a bronze each.
India ended the athletic competition with a whopping 47 medals (12 gold, 20 silver, 15 bronze).
In squash, three Indians reached the final to secure at least one silver medal each.
Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna will meet in a women's singles final from all over India after winning their respective semifinal matches, while Harinder Pal Sandhu also reached the final of the men's individual event.