Grapplers continue India's forward match; win two golds

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Pune, Oct 14 (UNI) The hosts continued their march, adding a further three golds to their tally and stamping their domination on the third day of the Commonwealth Youth Games here today.

Indian athletes today won gold medals in shooting and wrestling to increase the gold tally to six on day three of the games.

Indian shooters continued to excel with Derius Kyanan grabbing a gold in the men's Trap event and yesterday's gold medalist Ankush Bhardwaj helping himself to a bronze in the men's 10m Air Pistol.

In wrestling, India annexed both the gold medals on offer today with grapplers Ajit Patil and Deepak winning the 42kg freestyle and 46 kg freestyle events for men.

Ajit Patil won the first gold for India in wrestling in the men's 42 kg freestyle event beating Ali Salamat of Pakistan, Jack Longthorne of England and Jonathan Babulall of Canada. Pakistan's Ali Salamat won a silver for his country, while Jonathan Babulall had to be satisfied with a bronze.

In the 46kg category where there were only three competitors in the fray, Deepak defeated both Haider Ali of Pakistan and James Luu of Canada to give India's its third gold of the day and its second in wrestling. Haider Ali won the silver, while James Luu with only three competitors in the fray helped himself to a bronze though he did not win any medals.

India which had won a gold in weightlifting yesterday had to be satisfied with two silvers' today with Yukar Sibi in the men's 62kg and N Laxmi in the women's 53 kg having to be content with silver medals.

Aricco Jumitih of Malaysia won the gold with a new meet record in the men's 62 kg, with Charles Sekyaaya of Uganda winning the bronze.

In the women's 53 kg Zoe Smith of England won the gold, while Akther Fayema of Bangladesh gave her country their first medal with a bronze.

Indians also continued to dominate the badminton, tennis and table tennis events, with Saina Nehwal having no trouble in entering the quarterfinals of the women's badminton event, while in the men's Guru Sai Dutt also moved into the quarters.

In table tennis Neha Aggarwal and Soumi Mondal moved ahead in the women's event enduring some close moments before coming through, while on the tennis court Yuki Bhambri fresh from his win in Osaka in Japan brushed aside his opponent to move into the third round after having got an bye in the first round. Kyra Shroff had also booked her place in the next round yesterday in women's singles.


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