India in gold rush on day four; shooters win 3 of 4 gold medals

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Pune, Oct 15 (UNI) It was a day when it rained medals for India as they dominated the shooting and weightlifting events to maintain their lead on the medals tally on the fourth day of the third edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games being held at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City, Balewadi here today.

Indian shooters started the day on a positive note, winning three of the four gold medals on offer today.

Deepika Patel in the 10m Air Pistol for women, Lakshya Bansal in the 25m Pistol for men and Asher Noria in the men's double trap event took home the gold medals, while Rushad Damania had to remain satisfied with the bronze medal in the men's 50m Rifle 3 Position.

Virdhawal Khade, the young Indian sensation, had mixed results in the pool, winning the 50 m butterfly, while in the men's 200m freestyle he had to settle for the silver medal being pipped to the gold by Ryan Napoleon of Australia.

Virdhawal who had stated yesterday that he was confident of winning the five gold medals in his individual events had a setback in the first race itself losing the gold to Australian Ryan Napolean. The young Indian swimming icon however came back strongly to take the 50 meters butterfly event.

The Indians seemed to be in a rush to collect the yellow metal ahead of the festival season with India latching on to two golds in the wrestling with Amit Singh in the 50 kg weight category and Rahul Aware in the 58 kg weight category being the gold medal winners.

In weight lifting, Yamini S won the gold for the country in the women' 58 kg weightlifting event breaking the games record on her way to glory.

Yamini took the gold with a games record total lift of 178 kgs, while Liku Maria of Fiji held on to the silver with a total lift of 154 kgs, with Carolanne Lanouette of Canada pushing herself to get the bronze with a total lift of 149 kgs.

However, in the men's 69 kg category, India had to settle for silver with Gourav Dube bagging the bronze with a total lift of 258 kgs. The gold went to Malaysia's Bin Mansor Mohd Hafifi with a total lift of 272 kgs, while the silver went to Yanou Ketchanke of CMR took the silver with a total lift of 263 kgs.

In the boxing ring also Indians Nanao Singh Thokchom and Sunil Sadhu kept the hosts in the hunt for medals with both of them winning their quarterfinal bouts in the Light Flyweight (48 kgs) and Flyweight (51 kgs) categories respectively.

Sunil Sadhu, another boxer from the Bhiwani stable was simply unstoppable in his bout against Peter Shula of Zambia battering him to win 16-0 on points and book a place in the semifinals of the Flyweight (51 kgs) category.

In the Light Fly 48 kg category Nanao Singh also asserted his superiority over his rival Thomas Stubbs of England winning on points at 17 points against five.

The Indians also dominated the badminton, table tennis and tennis events with star attraction Saina Nehwal making the semis in the badminton event for women.

In the women's table tennis tourney, both the men's and women's doubles finals will see two Indian pairs competing against each other thus assuring the hosts of a further two gold and two silver medals.

In tennis, Yuki Bhamri reached the semifinals in both the singles and doubles thus keeping India in the hunt for two more medals in tennis.

Meanwhile, in the track and field events Olympian Poovamm kept India's flag flying with a silver in the women's 400 meter race which was won by Rachael Nachula in a new games record time of 52.97 seconds, while the bronze went to Rebecca Nachula in a time of 55.20 seconds.

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