National Games: MP win three golds; swimmers set new records

 
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Tapan Mohanta

Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Feb 14 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh won threegold medals to consolidate their position in the standingswhile Richa Mishra hogged the limelight with four yellowmetals to her name after day two of the 34th National Gameshere today.

International swimmer and national record holder SandeepSejwal, who is representing Madhya Pradesh bagged one goldwhile Arjun Singh Rawat and Shalu Raikwar bagged two more tohelp the state dominate the Games with nine gold, seven silverand 12 bronze medals.

Manipur added two gold to be on second spot with 8-4-8,while Delhi riding on another superlative performance by Richaclimbed to the third position in the table with 5-3-2.

Swimmers smashed four meet records as Richa added twomore gold medals to make it four in total at the Veer BudhuBhagat Aquatic Stadium in Mega Sports Complex in Ranchi.

Raising the Games standards by leaps and bounds, SandeepSejwal, Gagan A P, Richa and Karnataka''s 4x100m men''s relayteam wrote four new meet records in swimming.

Richa clinched the 800m freestyle with a record timing of09.24:45s thus shattering the previous Games record held bySurabhi Tipre (09.25:30).

Maharashtra had a silver-bronze finish when AartiGhorpade (09.48:71) finished ahead of Rujuta Bhatt (09.51:17).

Richa swam 02.49:58 in 200m breaststroke en route to hersecond gold, while Poorva Shetye of Maharashtra (02.52:31) andTamil Nadu''s A V Jayaveena (02.53:09) took the silver andbronze respectively.

Representing Madhya Pradesh, international swimmer Sejwalshattered the Games record by a big margin in the 200mbreaststroke. Sejwal clocked 02.17:53 to smash his previousrecord of 02.26:80.

Puneet Rana of Haryana clinched the silver with a timingof 02.24:42 that itself was better than the previous meetrecord, which can be a pointer to the raise of bar over theyears as the National Games is being held after a gap of fouryears.

Punjab clinched a bronze courtesy Jashandeep Singh in thesame event with a timing of 02.28:28.

Promising Karnataka youngster Gagan A P stunned nationalrecord holder Mandar Divase with a fine performance to claimthe 1500m freestyle with record timing.

Shattering the four-year old record by Rohit Havaldar(16.24:54), Gagan clocked 16.15:54 en route to the gold medalas Divase of Maharashtra (16.41:07) and Delhi''s Merwyn Chen(16.50:24) settled for silver and bronze each.

Himanshu Tiwari of Uttar Pradesh won high board divingwith 260.85 points, while Keshav Shinde of Maharashtra(252.45) and Services Kartik Shaw (235.90) settled for silverand bronze respectively. (More) TAP PVR BS SHN

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