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Shooters, athletes boost India's gold rush

Marksmen bag all five gold on offer while track & field stars sizzle with seven

Guwahati: The star-studded shooting squad was expectedly on target, while the track-and-field athletes continued their golden run as India held on to the top spot on the sixth day of the 12th South Asian Games yesterday.

Veteran marksman Samaresh Jung en route his gold medal-winning performance in the individual 25m center fire pistol event yesterday. Pics/PTI
Veteran marksman Samaresh Jung en route his gold medal-winning performance in the individual 25m center fire pistol event yesterday. Pics/PTI

Hitting a double century of medals, the Indian contingent has so far garnered 233, including 136 gold, 77 silver and 20 bronze. In second position are Sri Lanka with 146 medals — 24 gold, 48 silver and 74 bronze in all. Pakistan are third spot with 70 medals — 7 gold, 22 silver & 41 bronze.

The track and field athletes once again were the biggest contributors to India's gold haul picking up seven yesterday. Suman Devi (javelin), veteran Renjith Maheswary (triple jump), Om Prakash Karhana (shot put), PU Chitra (1500m), Ajoy Kumar Saroj (1500m), Jauna Murmu (400m hurdles) and Dharun Ayyasamy (400m hurdles) struck gold in the track and field arena.

India's 400m hurdles gold medal-winner at the South Asian Games Jauna Murmu (right) with silver medalist Ashwini Akunji in Guwahati yesterday
India's 400m hurdles gold medal-winner at the South Asian Games Jauna Murmu (right) with silver medalist Ashwini Akunji in Guwahati yesterday

India dominated the shooting ranges too grabbing all the five gold on offer. Samaresh Jung rolled back the years winning gold in men's individual 25m center fire pistol event. However, Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang had to be content with silver in the men's individual 50m rifle prone event. Chain Singh (184.1 points) won gold, with Narang finishing in second (183.1 points) spot.

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