Tamil Nadu wins two golds in Karate competition

Ranchi, Feb 14 (PTI) Tamil Nadu dominated the karate-doring bagging two gold medals in 34th National Games heretoday.

The competition also saw Bengal and Meghalaya win theirfirst gold medals while another yellow metal was won byHaryana at Shiekh Bhikhari Administrative Block, Mega SportsComplex here.

Ashok Kumar of Tamil Nadu defeated Damang Syngkong ofMeghalaya en route to the gold in the kumite men''s under 55kgcategory, while Lal Rang Bawla of Mizoram and Devanand Baskeyof the hosts made semifinal exits to settle for bronze medals.

P Pavitra earned the second gold for Tamil Nadu, whichcame in the kumite u-68kg category when she defeatedMaharashtra''s Sandhya Shetty in the final.

Haryana''s Rekha and Debia Yakap of Arunachal Pradeshsettled for bronze medals.

Kunal Dey earned Bengal the first gold of the33-discipline meet when he knocked down Madhya Pradesh''s VikasSharma. Manipur''s Mohammad Noor Khan and Andhra''s Tam Tapakbagged the bronze medals.

Meghalaya''s first gold also came in the competition whenLinza Syiew defeated Manipur''s Sharmila Garu in the women''skumite u-55kg category. Karuna Malik (Tamil Nadu) and SupriyaJatap (Madhya Pradesh) settled for the bronze medals.

Haryana''s Sunil Rathee outplayed Afjal Khan of MadhyaPradesh for the gold medal in the men''s kumite 84kg whereGaurav Sharma (Uttar Pradesh) and Amit Yadav (Maharashtra)settled for the bronze medals.

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