Indian spikers claim double

Indian spikers claim double

 Dominant Indians expectedly claimed a grand double in the volleyball competition of the 12th South Asian Games here on Tuesday.

While the men were pushed hard by the battling Sri Lankans at the Nabin Ch Bordoloi Indoor Stadium, the women, who took guard in the second final, faced very littles issues against the islanders to cap a fine day in the office.

The men, tested severely during various stages of a well-contested final, held their composure well during the closing stages of each set, eventually sealing a 25-19, 25-22, 28-26 win. The women won 25-14, 25-21, 25-14.

Cyclists shine
India’s women cyclists swept the podium in the 80km individual road race event. Bidyaluxmi Tourangbam claimed her second gold of the Games after clocking 2::30:55.350 while Lidiyamol Sunny captured the silver with a timing of 2::30:55.690 and Geethu Raj settled for bronze after crossing the line at 2::30:55.900.

Men cyclists though couldn't sparkle in the similar way. Sri Lanka’s Jeevan Manjula Jayasinghe Silva won the gold with a timing of 2::25:38.650 as India’s Pankaj Kumar was forced to settle for silver with Pakistan’s Nisar Ahmed managing a bronze.

Mixed outing

Indians endured a mixed day on the concluding day of the weightlifting competition. While Sushila Panwar lifted a total weight of 198kg (88+110) to claim the gold in the women’s 75+ kg category, Gurdeep Singh could only manage a bronze in the men’s 105+kg category after carrying a load of 345kg (155+190). Pakistan’s Nooh Dastgir Butt claimed gold with a total lift of 360kg (160+200).

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