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South Asian Games: Mehuli Ghosh bags gold, India shine in athletics, volleyball

India clinched 10 medals, including three gold, on the first day of athletics competition, and also took home the gold medals for men's and women's volleyball of 13th South Asian Games.

Indian shooters swept all the medals on offer in the women’s 10m air rifle event in the 13th South Asian Games here on Tuesday, with Mehuli Ghosh winning the gold with a score better than the world record.

Mehuli’s effort will, however, not be considered as a world record, as the South Asian Games’ results are not recognised by the international body (ISSF) for the purpose of records.  India also won the team gold in the 10m air rifle event.

The 19-year-old Mehuli clinched the gold with a score of 253.3 in the final, which is 0.4 more than the current world record of 252.9 which is in the name of another Indian, Apurvu Chandela.

Shriyanka Sadangi took the silver with a score of 250.8, while Shreya Agrawal (227.2) clinched the bronze in a 1-2-3 podium finish by the Indians at the Satdobato Shooting Range.

Mehuli had won a 10m air rifle silver in the 2018 ISSF World Championships. She had also won silver medals in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics.

VOLLEYBALL DOUBLE

India swept the volleyball gold medals in the South Asian Games by winning both the men’s and women’s titles here on Tuesday.

India defeated Pakistan 20-25, 25-15, 25-17 and 29-27 in a hard-fought men’s volleyball summit clash to defend the gold they had won at home in the 2016 edition.

The Indian team came back strongly after a set down and won the next three to emerge winners. The bronze medal went to Sri Lanka.

In the women’s final, the defending champions had to toil hard to beat hosts Nepal in a five-setter to clinch the gold. India won 25-17, 23-25, 21-25, 25-20 and 15-6.

The women’s bronze medal also went to Sri Lanka.

TEN IN ATHLETICS

India dominated the track and field events of the 13th South Asian Games by clinching 10 medals, including three gold, on the first day of athletics competition here on Tuesday.

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, leaving behind Sri Lankans Thanuji Amasha (11.82) and Lakshika Sugand (11.84) for silver and bronze respectively.

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. The bronze went to Tanka Karki (3.50.20s) of Nepal.

Kavita Yadav then added a silver in the women’s 10,000m race by clocking 35 minute 7.95 seconds.

Earlier in the day, India’s Chanda (4.34.51s) clinched the silver medal in the women’s 1500m event while compatriot Chitra Palakeez (4.35.46s) settled for the bronze. The gold in this event went to Sri Lanka’s Uda Kuburalage (4.34.34s).

India thus won 4 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze on Tuesday, the opening day of athletics competition at the Dasarath Stadium.

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