Jharkhand, Goa win two gold medals each in Taekwondo

Ranchi, Feb 13 (PTI) Goa won two gold medals in theTaekwondo men''s event while hosts Jharkhand picked up two inthe women''s section of the 34th National Games here today.

Goa''s Aman Kumar defeated Haryana''s Sunil Kumar in theunder-54kg bout while compatriot P Anand put down a strongchallenge from Punjab''s Harpreet Singh in the under-80kg.

Abrar Khan (MP) and K Anthony Raj settled for bronzemedals in the under-54kg while Sandeep Kumar (Services) and HBalasubramanium (TN) secured bronze medals in the under-80kgweight category.

Seven-time national Taekwondo champion Sandeep Kundu ofHaryana won the gold medal in the over 87kg fight defeatingGoa''s G Veera Basaviah, to pick up his first national gamesyellow metal.

Usham Herojit Singh (Manipur) and Mirmal Singh (Services)won the bronze medals in the heavy-weight section.

K Srilakshmi (over 73kg) and Sonam Rajput (u-67kg) openedJharkhand''s gold quest with hard fought victories over NilufaBegam (Sikkim) and M Joimla Devi (Manipur) respectively.

B S Divyasrhree (Karnataka) and Varsha Landge(Maharastra) were the bronze medalists in the 73kg while KThejaswini (Karnataka) and Komal S Shinde (Maharashtra)secured bronze medals in the u-67kg.

Another Jharkhand girl, Priti Kumari had to satisfy witha bronze medal after she lost to Sikkim''s Sabina Sundas in the46-kg bout. UP''s Shraddha Dixit defeated Sundas in the finalto win the gold in the category while Maharastra''s TruptiKhade was the second bronze medalist.

Six out of sixteen gold medals were decided today witheight up for grabs tomorrow and two on Tuesday.

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