Judokas on song as India pick up four more golds

South Asian Games

Judokas Balvinder Singh and Vikram Solanki bagged a gold each while weightlifter Omkar Otari and men’s cycling quartet also won the yellow metal.

India now have five gold and a bronze in their kitty. The women’s cycling team clinched gold in 30-km time trial on Saturday.

India began their day with a gold in the men’s 80-km road team time trial event. The men’s quartet of Rajendra Bishnoi, Amandeep Singh, Harpreet Singh and Sabu Ganager clocked 1 hour, 44 minutes and 11.81 seconds to claim gold.
Pakistan, who finished in second place, clocked 1::45:59.11s for silver, while Bangladesh settled for bronze.

Indians swelled their medal tally with two gold medals in men’s judo. In the 73kg category, Balvinder defeated Karamat Butt of Pakistan for the gold medal. In the 90kg category, Solanki got the better of Dewalage Krishan Priyadarshana of Sri Lanka en route to gold.

India’s fourth gold came in the men’s 62kg weightlifting when Otari pipped Pakistan’s Mohammad Istiaq Ghafoor at the National Sport Gymnasium complex. Another Indian, Rustam Sarang, bagged the bronze.

Indian shuttlers assured themselves of at least two medals after making it to the final in both men’s and women’s team events. Both teams will take on Sri Lanka in the final.

The men’s team led by national champion Chetan Anand blanked hosts Bangladesh 5-0 en route to the final. Anand thrashed Saif Uddin 21-13, 21-14 while RMV Gurusaidutt thrashed Mohammad Ahsun Habib Parash 21-11, 21-10. Aditya Raviprakash beat Mohammad Rais Uddin 21-14, 21-13.

Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar beat Rasel Kabir and Mohammad Ahsun Habib Parash 21-17, 21-11, while Anand partnered Diju V to defeat Mohammad Anamul Haque and Jamil Ahmed Dulal 21-11, 21-5.

Easy for women
The women’s team beat Nepal with an identical 5-0 scoreline en route to the final.
Sayali Gokhale gave her team a flying start when she sailed past Saradevi Tamang 21-6, 21-12. PC Thulasi drubbed Sujana Shrestha 21-4, 21-4, while Ashwini Ponnappa spanked Nangsal Tamang 21-13, 21-9.

Shruti Kurien-Aparna Balan and Ashwini-Thulasi completed the formalities in the doubles. Shruti and Aparna beat Pooja Shrestha and Sara 21-9, 21-6, while Ashwini-Thualsi beat Sujana-Nangsal 21-4, 21-8.

In squash, Gaurav Nandrajog and Sandip Jangra lost both their respective semifinal matches. World number 19 and Pakistani top player Aamri Atlas Khan beat Jangra 3-1, while Nandrajog succumbed to Farhan Mahboob, who took the match 3-0.
In football, Indian men team were held to a goalless draw by Sri Lanka while their women counterparts took a step closer to the final by thrashing Pakistan 6-0, riding on a hat-trick from captain Oinam Bembem Devi.

India thrashed Sri Lanka 7-2 in their men’s hockey match. V Raghunath and Mohammad Aamir Khan scored twice, while Dharamvir Singh, captain Ajitesh Roy and Pramod Kumar completed the scoreline.

India’s kabaddi campaign goot off to a winning start in both men’s and women’s sections. The men’s team beat Nepal 57-13, the women’s team defeated Sri Lanka 47-19.

India beat Afghanistan 25-11, 25-14, 25-14 in volleyball at the indoor stadium in Mirpur.

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