Jung bites dust, Manipur topples MP on top

Tapan Mohanta

Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Feb 15 (PTI) Ace shooter Samresh Jungbite the dust even as Manipur clinched two gold in rowing andone in wushu to topple Madhya Pradesh from the pole positionin the medal tally on day three of the 34th National Gameshere today.

Swimmer Richa Mishra hogged the limelight in the MegaSports Complex at the outskirts of Ranchi for third successiveday as she claimed two gold medals with record timings tototal six gold and one silver in her kitty.

Powered by Richa''s stupendous show, Delhi occupied thethird position with 10 gold, five silver and seven bronzemedals as swimmers continued to make a splash, shattering fiveGames records.

Leaders Manipur now have 16 gold, eight silver and 12bronze while Madhya Pradesh, after an overwhelming performancein the first two days, slipped to second position in themedals standings with 12-11-20.

Hosts Jharkhand won one gold medal in taekwondo to be onthe eighth spot with 5-5-15.

Nicknamed ''Goldfinger'' after winning five gold medals atthe 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Jung was stunned in the50m pistol when Amit Kumar Pilaniya of Madhya Pradesh won thegold follwed by Om Prakash of Services and Amanpreet Singh ofMaharashtra.

Madhya Pradesh also won the team event, while Servicesand Uttar Pradesh won the silver and bronze respectively asshooting competition got underway at the Tikait Umrao ShootingRange at Mega Sports Complex in Ranchi.

Maharashtra women dominated the air rifle event claimingboth the individual and team gold medals.

Priya Agarwal showed nerves of steel as she narrowlyclinched the gold medal, pipping state-mate Pooja Ghatkar.

With a 9.9 in her final shot, Priya totalled 495.5compared to 495.2 by Pooja who lost despite shooting 10.4 inher last round. Karnataka girl V Kavitha bagged the bronzelogging 494.6.

Maharashtra clinched the team gold totalling 1171, whileMadhya Pradesh (1166) bagged the silver and Delhi took thebronze with 1163.

In men''s 50m pistol individual event, Amit Kumar Pilanujafrom Madhya Pradesh bagged the gold medal while Om Prakashfrom SSCB won the silver and Aman Preet Singh from Punjab thebronze.

In women''s trap individual event, Shagun Chaudhary fromRajasthan won gold while Snehalata of Haryana bagged thesilver. Seema Tomar from SSCB managed the bronze medal. MOREPTI TAP PVR PDS

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