Dilip, Pallavi pocket gold medals

Dilip, Pallavi pocket gold medals

 Triathletes joined the party late for India but nonetheless gave the host country both the gold medals on offer at the 12th South Asian Games here.

Indians finished 1-2 in both men’s and women’s individual events as the two-day triathlon competition made a quiet beginning at the Sarusajai Sports Complex.

Dilip Kumar bagged the men’s individual event gold with a time of 2:02:53, while compatriot Guru Datta won the silver in 2:05:31. Nuwan Kumara of Sri Lanka took the bronze in 2:10:38.

In the women’s individual event, Pallavi Retiwala won the gold with a time of 1:11:57, while team-mate Pooja Chaurushi got the silver in 1:12:36. KC Roja of Nepal took the bronze in 1:16:00.

Kabaddi teams progress

India’s men and women kabaddi teams maintained their unbeaten run with comfortable victories over their rivals Pakistani to storm into the semifnals.

The Indian men’s team thrashed Bangladesh 30-17 in the morning session before scrapping past Pakistan in the eveing with a 9-8 result.

In the women’s section, India toyed with their Pakistani opponents to emerge an easy 56-23 victors before thrashing Bangladesh 43-11 in their last league.

Footballers in final

Kamala Devi and Bala Devi struck two goals each to power defending champions India to a 5-1 thrashing of Bangladesh and set up a summit clash with Nepal in women’s football.
India will face Nepal in a repeat of the 2010 Dhaka Games, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.

India produced a wave of attacks in the early minutes with the strikers combining well up front along with Sasmita Malik.

Kamala Devi cleverly tapped home an early opportunity in the sixth minute to give the lead while Bala Devi opened her account after she converted one following a corner kick in the 13th minute.

Medals tally

Country    G    S    B    T
India    156    85    27    268
Sri Lanka    25    55    83    163
Pakistan    9    27    45    81
Bangladesh    4    12    43    59
Afghanistan    3    4    11    18
Nepal    1    13    22    36
Maldives    0    2    1    3
Bhutan    0    1    7    8

Note: G: Gold, S: Silver, B: Bronze