India approaches the 300-medal mark on the penultimate day, settles on top of the South Asian Games for the 13th time to trot

KATHMANDU: India won 42 medals, including 27 gold, on the penultimate day of competitions to approach 300 points, as the country is ready to finish in first place for the 13th time to trot in the South Asia Games .

Indian athletes also won 12 silver and 3 bronze to finish Day 8 with 294 medals (159 gold, 91 silver and 44 gold) to further widen the gap with Nepal in second place, which has collected 195 medals (49 gold, 54 silver and 92 bronze).

Sri Lanka is third with 236 medals (39 gold, 79 silver and 118 bronze).

With only a few events, including seven boxing finals, on Tuesday's closing day, it is unlikely that India will cross the total of 309 medals won in Guwahati and Shillong in the last edition in 2016, but it can exceed the 300 mark.

India has topped every edition of the South Asia Games since its inception in 1984.

The boxers gave India top medals on Monday with six gold and one silver.

The national champion Ankit Khatana (75 kg male), Vinod Tanwar (49 kg male), Sachin (56 kg male), Gaurav Chauhan (91 kg male), Kalaivani Srinivasan (48 kg female) and Parveen (60 kg female) took one gold each, while the bronze medalist of the Manish Kaushik World Championship (64 kg male) settled for a silver medal on the first day of the final.

On Tuesday, seven Indians: Vikas Krishan (men 69 kg), Narender (men + 91 kg), Sparsh (men 52 kg), Varinder (men 60 kg), Pinki Rani (women 51 kg), Sonia Lather (women 57 kg ) and Manju Bamboriya (64 kg female): will fight in the final.

In wrestling, the Indians won the gold offered Monday with Gaurav Baliyan and Anita Sheoran recording comfortable victories in men of 74 kg and women of 68 kg respectively to complete their wonderful show.

With the two gold won on Monday, India made a golden whitewash in all 14 categories of wrestling event at this South Asia Games . India won seven gold medal each in men's and women's events.

The Indian fenders also won the three golds on offer, winning the best prizes in men's team foil, women's team sword and women's team saber events. It was an almost clean sweep for Indian fenders, as they obtained 11 of 12 gold on offer in the discipline.

The country also cleans sweeps in kabbadi and basketball 3x3 also because the teams of men and women in both disciplines won a gold each.

Indian men kabaddi The team beat Sri Lanka 51-18 in the summit class to win the gold, while their female counterparts also finished at the top of the podium after defeating Nepal hosts 50-13 in the final.

When shooting, India won a mixed event of gold in the air gun through the couple of Anuraj Singha and Shrawan Kumar. The country completely dominated the firing range by winning a whopping 18 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals.

The Indian women's football team won its third consecutive gold medal at the South Asia Games after beating hosts Nepal 2-0 in the summit clash on Monday.

Bala Devi was the star of the show again when he hit an orthopedic device on each side of halftime to lead India to a comfortable victory over the home team in the final.

The 29-year-old forward also finished as the top scorer of the tournament, scoring five goals in four games.