Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India continues its outstanding performance at 13th South Asian Games

India continues its outstanding performance at 13th South Asian Games

The overall meal count of the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal displayed a total of 35 medals bagged by Sri Lankan players with 5 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 18 bronze medals. On the first day of athletics competition, 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. The Kho Kho event also saw India win two more medals.

Deepak Hamal won home gold for Nepal in the men's taolu nan quan all rounder wushu.

Sarangi Silva won the gold medal in the long jump event with a leap of 6.38 metres while Anjani Pulawansha, completed Sri Lanka's 1-2 finish with a fine 6.11m leap to claim the silver, improving on her personal best distance by 2cm. Besides, it saw the Indian table tennis squad clinch six medals with three gold and three silver. Gagandeep Singh grabbed silver.

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It was also a good day for India at the shooting, as Singh Annu Raj won the women's 25m air pistol before joining forces with Sheoran Gauri and Neeraj Kaur to also win team gold.

Abida Sultana of Bangladesh who lost the over 68 kg bout in technical knockout of 10-2 against Nargis, and Kulathunga Wijeykoon of Sri Lanka who was defeated by Magar 7-4, got bronze medals. Similarly in the women's doubles final, the duo of Madhurika Patkar and Sreeja Akula showcased the same grit as Harmeet and Anthony to pulverise compatriots Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee 2-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-5 for another gold medal.

In the semi-finals, India beat Nepal 3-0 when Ayhika Mukherjee downed Nabita Shreshtha 11-4, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 to put India 1-0 up.

Within the ladies's singles, 16-year-old Gayathri Gopichand shocked second seed Mahoor Shahzad of Pakistan with a convincing 21-15 21-16 win. Unfortunately, the men could not win a medal in the 100-meter race.

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