South Asian Games
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Day 1: Nepal, India top 2
Day 2: Nepal, India, Sri Lanka top 3
Indian athletes dominated the track and field events and at the shooting range to clinch 27 medals, including 11 gold, on the second day of competitions and remain in the second position at the medals tally in the South Asian Games. India completely dominated the first day of athletics events by clinching 10 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze) while the shooters also fetched nine (4 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze) to swell the country’s tally.
Both the volleyball men’s and women’s teams won a gold each while the taekwondo players contributed 1 gold and 3 bronze medals. India also bagged gold medals in both men’s and women’s table tennis team events.
India’s medal tally stood at 43 medals (18 gold, 16 silver and 9 bronze), behind hosts Nepal’s 44 (23 gold, 9 silver, 12 bronze). Sri Lanka was third with 46 medals (5 gold, 14 silver, 27 bronze).
On the first day of athletics competition, Archana Suseendran (women’s 100m), M Jashna (women’s high jump), Sarvesh Anil Kushare (men’s high jump) and Ajay Kumar Saroj (men’s 1500m) won a gold each to begin India’s athletics campaign on an impressive note. Suseendran clocked 11.80 seconds in the 100m dash to emerge as the fastest woman of the Games.
In the women’s high jump, Jashna cleared 1.73m to clinch the gold while Rubina Yadav bagged a bronze with an effort of 1.69m.
Kushare cleared 2.21m to win the men’s high jump gold while compatriot Chetan Balasubramanya claimed the silver with an effort of 2.16m for a 1-2 finish for India. Saroj won the gold in men’s 1500m with a timing of 3.54.18 seconds while Ajeet Kumar clinched the silver by clocking 3.57.18s. Kavita Yadav then added a silver in the women’s 10,000m race by clocking 35 minute 7.95 seconds.
At the Satdobato Shooting Range, Indian shooters bagged nine medals, including four gold, with Mehuli Ghosh winning the yellow metal with a score better than the world record.
Day 3: India no.1, Nepal a close no.2
India lead SAG tally with 29 medals: Track and field athletes led India’s gold rush on the third day of competitions in the 13th South Asian Games as the country added a whopping 29 medals to jump to the top of the medals tally in Kathmandu on Wednesday. AGENCIES
Track and field athletes led India's gold rush on the third day of competitions in the 13th South Asian Games as the country added a whopping 29 medals to jump to the top of the medals tally at Kathmandu on Wednesday.
India won 15 gold medals on Wednesday with athletics contributing five of them as the country's medal tally stood at 32 gold, 26 silver and 13 bronze for a total of 71.
Nepal close second with a haul of 29 gold, 15 silver and 25 bronze for a total of 69 medals.
Athletics gave 10 medals (5 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze) while six each from came from table tennis (3 gold and 3 silver)and taekwondo (3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze), five from triathlon (2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze) and two -- all gold -- from kho kho.
India completely dominated in athletics yet again to take the total medal count from the discipline to 20. On the first day of athletics competition on Tuesday, Indian athletes had won 10 medals (4 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze).
Archana Suseendran won her second gold of the Games by clinching the women's 200m race in 23.67 seconds to add to her yellow metal in the 100m dash on Tuesday. Compatriot A Chandra Lekha was third with a time of 24.37 seconds.
Suresh Kumar won the men's 10,000m race with a time of 29 minutes 32 seconds before the duo of Lokesh Sathyanathan and Swamynathan produced an Indian 1-2 in men's long jump by clearing impressive distances of 7.87m and 7.77m respectively.
Another 1-2 result for the Indians came in the men's discus throw through Kirpal Singh (57.88m) and Gagandeep Singh (53.57m).
Navjeet Kaur Dhillon fetched India's fifth gold of the day in women's discus throw with a below-par 49.87m while Survi Biswas' 47.47m effort was good enough to win a silver in a mediocre field.
In women's long jump, Sandra Babu won a bronze to add to India's medal tally with an effort of 6.02m.
In taekwondo also, India ruled the roost by clinching six medals, including three golds.
Laitika Bhandari (under 53kg), Jarnel Singh (under 74kg) and Rudali Barua (over 73kg) won a gold each. Saurav and Gangjot clinched a silver medal each in the men's under 63kg and women's 62kg events respectively, while Chaitnya Inamdar bagged a bronze in the men's over 86kg category.
Indian paddlers bagged a gold and silver each in all the three events of men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.
In an all Indian affair, Harmeet Desai and Anthony Amalraj defeated compatriots Sanil Shetty and Sudhanshu Grover 8-11 11-7 11-7 11-5 8-11 12-10 in the men's doubles final to win the gold.
In the women's doubles final, Madhurika Patkar and Sreeja Akula beat Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee 2-11 11-8 11-8 11-6 5-11 11-5 to clinch the top honours.
Harmeet then combined with Sutirtha Mukherjee to down
Amalraj and Ayhika 11-6 9-11 11-6 11-6 11-8 to win the gold in mixed doubles event.
The kho kho event was no different as India swept both the gold medals on offer with the men's and women's teams claiming titles after defeating Bangladesh and Nepal respectively.
India crushed the men's team of Bangladesh with an innings and seven points win and a scoreline of 16-9.
In the women's final, captain Nasreen led from the front as she chased down five points while her teammate Kajal Bhor also made a vital contribution by claiming five more points.
The Indian team wrapped up the match 17-5 to finish on top of the podium with a innings and 12 points win.
Indian shuttlers also continued their dominating show with four individuals and as many doubles pairs cruising into the semifinals to assure themselves of medals.
Top seed Siril Verma started the day on a winning note for India when he beat Pakistan's Murad Ali 21-12 21-17 in a men's singles quarterfinal match.
In the women's singles, 16-year-old Gayathri Gopichand stunned second seed Mahoor Shahzad of Pakistan with a convincing 21-15 21-16 win.
Joining Gayathri in the semifinals was top seed Ashmita Chaliha, who also thrashed Pakistani opponent, Palwasha Bashir 21-9 21-7.
Aryaman Tandon was another Indian after Verma to reach the men's singles semifinals after registering 21-17 21-17 win over Sri Lanka's Ranthushka Karunathilake.
The Indian women's doubles pairings of Kuhoo Garg-Anoushka Parikh and Meghana Jakkampudi-S Nelakurthi also progressed to the semifinals after beating their Bangladeshi opponents.
While, Garg and Parikh beat Bristi Khatun and Rehana Khatun 21-18 21-11, Jakkampudi and Nelakurthi notched up 21-14 21-11 victory over Shalpa Akter and Alina Sultana.
In mixed doubles, top seeds Dhruv Kapila and Jakkampudi had to fight hard in the second set against Sri Lanka's Ranthushka Karunathilake and Kavindi Sirimannage before clinching the match 21-14 26-24.
Day 4: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka top
Kathmandu: Led by strong performances from wushu players and swimmers, India breached the 100-medal mark by winning a whopping 50 medals on the fourth day of competitions to consolidate their top position in the South Asian Games on Thursday.
India secured their best medal haul on a single day so far in the Games to lead the medal tally with 58 gold, 41 silver and 19 bronze for a total of 118 medals to leave hosts Nepal far behind in the second spot.
Nepal have 36 gold, 26 silver and 34 bronze for a total of 96 medals, followed by Sri Lanka (16 gold, 31 silver, 52 bronze) at third position.
India added 26 gold, 18 silver and 6 bronze.
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 Y 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.
O Bidyapati Chanu bagged a bronze in women's sansou 56kg category.
Swimming accounted for the most medals for India on Thursday with 11, of which four were gold, six silver and one bronze.
Likith Selvaraj Prema clocked 2 minute 14.67 seconds to win the men's 200m breaststroke (short course) gold while compatriot Danush Suresh won the silver in 2:19.27. India's second gold from swimming came from Apeksha Delyla Fernandes who won the men's 200m breaststroke (short course) with a time of 2:38.05.
Divya Satija clinched a gold in women's 100m butterfly (short course), clocking 1:02.78, before the women's 400m freestyle relay team finished on top of the podium with a time of 3:55.17.
Indians bagged four gold medals on the first day of weightlifting competitions. Jhilli Dalabehera, who had fetched a silver in the Asian Weightlifting Championship earlier this year, lifted a total of 151 kg (66kg in snatch and 85kg in clean & jerk) to win the yellow metal in women's under 45 kg category.
In the women's under 49kg event, Sneha Soren bagged the top honours. The 18-year-old lifted 68kg in the snatch and followed it up by an 89kg effort in the clean and jerk category for a total of 157kg.
In the women's 55kg event, Commonwealth Championship gold medallist Sorokhaibam Bindyarani Devi emerged victorious. The Manipuri lifted a total of 181kg to grab the top spot on the podium.
India's fourth weightlifting gold of the day came from Siddhant Gogoi in the men's 61 kg category for his effort of 264 kg.
Taekwondo players' impressive show also continued as they gave India six medals -- 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. India's participation in the taekwondo discipline in the SAG was allowed at the eleventh hour after intervention from the International Olympic Committee.
Purva Dattary Dixit (women's 49kg), Ruchika Bhave (women's 67kg) and Margaret Maria (women's 73kg) bagged the gold for India while Niraj Choudhary (men's 58kg) and Akshay Hooda (men's 87kg) clinched a silver each. Lakshya then added a bronze in men's 80kg category.
Track and field athletes had a relatively quieter day after leading from the front in the past 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 win the silver for a 1-2 finish for India.
Surender Jayakumar (men's 110m hurdles), Aparna Roy (women's 100m hurdles) and Priya Habbathanahally (women's 400m) also won a silver each while KS Jeevan (men's 400m) bagged a bronze.
Day 5: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka retain ranks
KATHMANDU/POKHARA: Shuttlers led India's yet another stupendous show as the country widened the gap at the top by clinching 41 medals, including 19 gold, on Day 5 of the 13th South Asian Games on Friday.
India grabbed another 18 silver and 4 bronze to take the total tally to 165 medals (81 gold, 59 silver, 25 bronze) and leave second-placed Nepal (41 gold, 27 silver, 48 bronze), who won 116 medals in aggregate, behind. Sri Lanka are third with a total of 134 medals (23 gold, 42 silver, 69 bronze).
The shuttlers won the maximum gold medals -- four -- for India on Friday. They completely dominated the discipline by winning four gold and two silver in the day.
Former world junior championships silver medallist Siril Verma lived up to his top seeding as he rallied from a game down to outwit compatriot Aryaman Tandon 17-21, 23-21, 21-13 in an all-Indian men's singles final.
In the women's singles final, Ashmita Chaliha overcame a late surge from fellow Indian Gayatri Gopichand to finish off with a 21-18, 25-23 win.
In doubles, there was double delight for Dhruv who emerged victorious in both men's and mixed doubles. He paired up with Krishna Prasad Garaga to win the men's doubles title 21-19 19-21 21-18 against Sri Lanka's Sachin Dias and Buwaneka.
In mixed doubles, top seeds Dhruv and Meghana Jakkampudi eased past second seeds Sachin Dias and Thilini Pramodika Hendehewe of Sri Lanka 21-16, 21-14 in the final.
Track and field athletes, who were leading the Indian charge in the past few days, fetched the maximum 12 medals but just two of them were gold. The two gold were won in men's and women's shot put events.
In men's shot put, Asian champion Tejinder Pal Singh Toor broke the South Asian 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 best throw of 17.31m.
In women's shot put event, Abha Khatuwa took the gold by throwing the iron ball to a distance of 15.32m. Compatriot Kachana Chaudhary bagged the bronze with a throw of 13.66m.
The country's fencers also made their presence felt in the South Asian Games by clinching three gold and as many silver.
Wangelmbam Thoibi Devi won the gold in women's foil while compatriot Radhika Prasad bagged the silver in a 1-2 finish for India.
In men's sabre event also, Karan Singh and Kumaresan Padma Gishonidhi clinched the gold and silver. Indian also finished 1-2 in the men's epee event with Sunil Kumar claiming the gold while Jayaprakash Guruprakash bagged the silver.
In table tennis also, the Indians won the gold and silver in both the men's and women's singles.
Anthony Amalraj defeated compatriot Harmeet Desai 4-3 while Sutirtha Mukherjee downed Ayhika Mukherjee 4-2 in the all-Indian men's and women's singles finals respectively.
India weightlifters also continued their impressive run in the regional multi-sporting event by claiming three gold and a silver.
Achinta Sheuli opened the gold account on Friday as he finished on top of podium in men's 73kg with a total lift of 300kg.
Rakhi Halder added another gold in women's 64kg with a total effort of 200 kg while Manpreet Kaur won the third in women's 71kg category with a total lift of 192kg.
Later, Ajay Singh won a silver in men's 81kg by lifting 316kg in total.
Indian cyclists also opened their gold medal account.
Elangbam Chaoba Devi finished on the top of podium in women's elite race while John Naveen Thomas and Arvind Panwar bagged a gold and silver respectively in the men's elite event.
Day 6: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka remain at top
India breached the 200-mark in the medals tally, backed by a century of gold, as the swimmers and wrestlers produced strong performances on Day 6 of the South Asian Games.
India tops the table with 214 (110 gold, 69 silver, 35 bronze) medals; Nepal's second with 142 (43 gold, 34 silver, 65 bronze).
The swimmers led India’s charge on Saturday by winning 7 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Srihari Nataraj (100m backstroke), Richa Mishra (800m freestyle), Siva S (400 individual medley), Maana Patel (100m backstroke), Chahat Arora (50m backstroke), Likith SP (50m breaststroke) and Rujuta Bhatt (50m freestyle) grabbed the top honours. A V Jayaveena (50m breaststroke) and Ridhima Veerendrakumar (100m backstroke) won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Indian wrestlers won four gold medals on the opening day. Satyawart Kadian (men’s 97kg freestyle), Sumit Malik (men’s 125kg freestyle), Gurshanpreet Kaur (women’s 76kg) and Sarita Mor (women’s 57kg) won gold in their respective events.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Kadian floored his Pakistani opponent Tabiyar Khan while national champion Gurshanpreet won gold in her first international competition after seven years.
Shooters clinched three gold medals. Anish Bhanwala won the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol gold and then teamed up with Bhabesh Shekhawat and Adarsh Singh to win the men’s team event title. Mehuli Ghosh and Yas Vardhan pocketed the third shooting gold of the day in 10m air rifle mixed event.
The weightlifters added two gold medals on Saturday, taking their overall medal haul to 10 (9 gold, 1 silver). Sharsti Singh lifted a total of 190kg to finish on top of the podium in the 81kg weight category while Anurudha won gold in women’ 87kg category with a total effort of 200kg.
Track and field
India won eight medals on the final day of track and field competitions. Rashpal Singh (men’s marathon), Muhammad Afsal (men’s 800m), Shivpal Singh (men’s javelin throw) and the men’s 4x400m relay team won a silver each.
Sher Singh (men’s marathon), Jyoti Gawate (women’s marathon), Sharmila Kumari (women’s javelin throw) and women’s 4x400m relay race team clinched a bronze each. India thus ended the athletics competition with 47 medals (12 gold, 20 silver, 15 bronze).
In squash, three Indians made it to the finals to ensure themselves of at least a silver medal each. Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna will face each other in an all-Indian women’s singles final while Harinder Pal Sandhu also cruised into the finals of the men’s singles event.
Track, field: India gets most medals, Sri Lanka most golds
India won the most number of medals in athletics in the South Asian Games but finished second behind Sri Lanka in gold count as the track and field competitions ended. India, which sent a second rung team 75 athletes, won 12 gold, 20 silver and 15 bronze for a total of 47 medals. Sri Lanka bagged 34 medals but won 14 gold, along with 12 silver and 8 bronze.
Indian athletes did not win any gold on Saturday while bagging eight medals. That had an impact in the gold medal count as Sri Lanka won five yellow metals on Saturday. Meanwhile, an innocuous tweet by Athletics Federation of India about a Pakistani javelin thrower winning a gold in the South Asian Games and qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics has got big social media response, including from Twitter users across the border.
Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the men’s javelin throw event with an effort of 86.48m while India’s Shivpal Singh (84.43m) bagged the silver. Nedeem also qualified for the 2020 Olympics as he went past the qualifying mark of 85m. Congratulating Nadeem for the feat, the AFI also posted an old picture of star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra shaking hands with Nadeem during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Neeraj had won the gold in the Asian Game with a throw of 88.06m while Nadeem bagged the bronze with 80.75m. “Congrats #ArshadNadeem, javelin star of #Pakistan for winning gold at #SAGames2019 with a throw of 86.48m (PB & New Pakistani record). Qualified for #Tokyo2020 Olympics, first Pakistani athlete in decades to earn direct qualification,” the AFI said in the tweet. PTI
Day 7: India 252 medals, Nepal 165 (45 gold), Sri Lanka 197 (36 gold)
Kathmandu: Swimmers and wrestlers continued their complete domination in their respective disciplines as India continued its commanding performance on yet another medal-laden day to leave rival countries far behind in the South Asian Games here on Sunday.
The swimmers picked up as many as 7 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze while the wrestlers clinched all the four yellow metals on offer on Sunday to help India add 38 medals (22 gold, 10 silver, 6 bronze) on Day 7 of the regional Games. India's total medal count stood at 252 (132 gold, 79 silver, 41 bronze), leaving behind hosts Nepal and Sri Lanka behind. Nepal has won 165 medals (45 gold, 44 silver, 76 bronze) while Sri Lanka have collected 197 medals (36 gold, 68 silver, 93 bronze).
Handball players added one gold and one silver by winning the women's event while finishing runners-up in the men's final.
In fencing also, India picked up all the three gold on offer by finishing on top of the podium in the team events of men's epee, men's sabre and women's foil.
It was a gold rush for the Indian in the swimming pool with Kushagra Rawat picking the first top prize of the day in men's 400m freestyle event with a time of 3:49.76 while compatriot Anand Shylaja took the silver in 4:01.02 for an Indian 1-2 finish.
Supriya Mondal then added another gold in men's 200m butterfly, clocking 2:02.45, while another Indian, Mihir Ambre took the bronze with a time of 2:09.14.
Indians won both the 50m backstroke men and women's events through Srihari Natraj (24.78) and Mana Patel (28.94) while the 4x200m freestyle relay men and women's teams also picked up respective yellow metals.
The seventh swimming gold of the day for India was collected by Apeksha Fernandes in women's 200m butterfly with a time of 2:21.83.
In wrestling, Indians continued their complete domination by clinching four gold medals with Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik leading the charge. India have so far won gold medals in all the 12 categories. While Sakshi was unstoppable on her way to the top podium finish in the 62kg category, U-23 world championships silver medallist, Ravinder clinched the gold in the men's freestyle 61kg.
Sakshi won all her matches one sided by pinning her opponents down while Ravinder had to work hard to clinch his gold against Pakistan's M Bilal after easily overcoming the challenges posed by Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi wrestlers in the earlier rounds.
Pawan Kumar (men's freestyle 86kg) and Anshu (women's 59kg) also won a gold each in their respective categories.
While Commonwealth Games gold medallist Pawan had to rely on his experience to win 4-1 against his Pakistani opponent in the final, Anshu claimed the gold against his Sri Lankan rival within a record 15 seconds of the bout.
In boxing, seven Indian boxers entered the finals on Sunday with reigning Commonwealth Games champion Vikas Krishan (men's 69kg) and 2014 CWG bronze medallist Pinki Rani (women's 51kg) leading the charge.
While Sparsh (52kg), Varinder (60kg) and Narender (+91kg) were the other boxers to reach the summit clash from the men, all the three women -- Pinki Rani (51kg), Sonia Lather (57kg) and Manju Bamboriya (64kg) -- cruised into the finals. The only setback for India was the defeat of Sachin in 81kg.
With eight Indian boxers sealing their final places on Saturday, India will now have a total of 15 boxers aiming for the gold medal.
Day 8: Indian 294 medals, Nepal 195, Sri Lanka 236
India won 42 medals, including 27 gold, on the penultimate day of competitions to inch closer to 300-mark
India has topped every edition of the South Asian Games since its inception in 1984
India made a golden whitewash in all 14 categories of wrestling event at this South Asian Games
KATHMANDU: India clinched 42 medals, including 27 gold, on the penultimate day of competitions to inch closer to 300-mark as the country is poised to finish on top spot for the 13th time on the trot in the South Asian Games.
The Indian athletes also won 12 silver and 3 bronze to end Day 8 with 294 medals (159 gold, 91 silver and 44 gold) to further widen the gap with second-placed Nepal who have collected 195 medals (49 gold, 54 silver and 92 bronze).
Sri Lanka are third with 236 medals (39 gold, 79 silver and 118 bronze). With just a few events -- including seven boxing finals -- left on the closing day on Tuesday, India is unlikely to cross the 309 total medals won in Guwahati and Shillong in the last edition in 2016 but may go past the 300-mark.
India has topped every edition of the South Asian Games since its inception in 1984.
Boxers gave India the maximum medals with six gold and one silver.
National champion Ankit Khatana (men's 75kg), Vinod Tanwar (men's 49kg), Sachin (men's 56kg), Gaurav Chauhan (men's 91kg), Kalaivani Srinivasan (women's 48kg) and Parveen (women's 60kg) bagged a gold each while World Championships bronze medallist Manish Kaushik (men's 64kg) settled for a silver medal on the first day of the finals.
On Tuesday, seven Indian -- Vikas Krishan (men's 69kg), Narender (men's +91kg), Sparsh (men's 52kg), Varinder (men's 60kg), Pinki Rani (women's 51kg), Sonia Lather (women's 57kg) and Manju Bamboriya (women's 64kg) -- will fight in the finals.
In wrestling, Indians won both the gold on offer on Monday with Gaurav Baliyan and Anita Sheoran registering comfortable victories in men's 74kg and women's 68kg respectively to complete their stupendous show.
With the two gold won on Monday, India made a golden whitewash in all 14 categories of wrestling event at this South Asian Games. India won seven gold medal each in men's and women's events. Indian fencers also won all the three gold on offer, winning the top prizes in men's team foil, women's team epee and women's team saber events. It was a near clean sweep for Indian fencers as they clinched 11 out of 12 gold on offer in the discipline.
The country also clean sweeps in kabbadi and basketball 3x3 also as the men's and women's teams in both the disciplines won a gold each. Indian men's kabaddi team beat Sri Lanka 51-18 in the summit class to clinch the gold while their women counterparts also finished on top of the podium after defeating hosts Nepal 50-13 in the final.
In shooting, India won a gold in the air pistol mixed event through the pair of Anuraj Singha and Shrawan Kumar. The country completely dominated the shooting 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 Asian Games after beating hosts Nepal 2-0 in the summit clash.
Bala Devi was the star of the show again as she struck a brace on either side of the half time to guide India to a comfortable victory over the home side in the final.
The 29-year-old striker also ended as the top-scorer of the tournament, netting five goals in four matches.