Swimmer Richa hogs limelight, Manipur topples MP on top

Tapan Mohanta

Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Feb 15 (PTI) Manipur clinched two goldin rowing and one in wushu to topple Madhya Pradesh from thepole position in the medal tally on day three of the 34thNational Games here today.

But 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.

In the rowing competition at Maithon Dam of Dhanbad,Manipur''s Priya Devi Changamayum bagged two gold medals whenshe won the singles and doubles sculls events. Chaoba DeviThangjam partnered Priya in the double sculls (1500m).

Manipur clinched their third gold through Sanathoi DeviYumnam who won the sanshou 48kgs and below in wushu at theThakur Vishwanath Shahdeo Indoor Stadium at Mega SportsComplex of Ranchi.

Manipur also bagged one silver in rowing and another inwushu.

In the women''s sanshou 45kg, Niroda Devi Naorem earnedManipur a silver while in rowing, the pair of Rameshwori DeviOinam and Tababi Devi Ngangom won the second spot in thecoxswain less pairs (1500m).

Manipur also won a bronze in rowing with the quartet ofDebala Devi Khumanthem, Rameshwori Devi, Tababi Devi andZingranphy Shanglai finishing third in the women''s coxswainless fours (1500m) event.

Surendra Bhandari won a gold for Jharkhand on theconcluding day of the taekwondo competition at Ganpat RaiIndoor Stadium at Mega Sports Complex.

He outclassed Haryana''s Saurav in the men''s Under 63kgcategory, while Madhya Pradesh''s Jitendra Verma and TamilNadu''s B Janey Dharma settled for the bronze medals aftermaking exits in the last four round.

Latika Bhandari of Madhya Pradesh earned the gold in thefinal bout of the day, knocking out Manipur''s K Nanacha Deviin the Under 53kg while Jharkhand''s Darshanjita Bharali andKarnataka''s B Tejaswini took the bronze medals.

Richa hogged the limelight in the swimming arena at theVeer Budhu Bhagat Aquatic Stadium at Mega Sports Complex thatsaw five records being shattered, including two by the27-year-old Delhi swimmer. .

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