Raut, Jayaveena steal limelight; Manipur consolidates top spot

Tapan Mohanta

Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Feb 16 (PTI) Asian Games silvermedallist Kavita Raut and 12-year-old swimmer A V Jayaveenastole the limelight as big names faltered while Manipurconsolidated their top position at the medal tally on day fourof the 34th National Games today.

Avenging her Asian Games 10,000m defeat to then goldmedallist Preeja Sridharan, Kavita, a poor tribal athlete fromMaharashtra, won the event by a big margin even as the Gameswas mired in yet another mess with the technical officialsunable to provide the results on time.

The problem was attributed to a glitch in the mainserver, which put the technical official in a fix as they wereclueless about the timings in both the 10,000m events.

It meant that there was confusion over Maharashtra girlLalita Babar winning the 10,000m women''s bronze.

The day also saw Asian Games bronze medallist VirdhawalKhade lose to Vishnu K M of Services Sports Control Board tosettle for a silver in the 200m butterfly.

Golden girl Richa Mishra bagged her seventh medal intotal but returned empty handed in 50m breaststroke whereJayaveena, a class VII student from Tamil Nadu, showed a lotof promise to claim the silver as Maharashtra''s Poorva Shetyeand Monique Gandhi claimed the gold and bronze respectively.

Manipur won both the men''s and women''s team events todominate the sepak takraw courts at the Indoor Stadium inDhanbad to consolidate their position atop the medalsstandings with 19 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals.

Delhi remained on second spot with 17-9-12, while theposition of Madhya Pradesh (16-15-21) at third spot was seemedto be in danger with Maharashtra slowly improving theirposition riding on stupendous performances in shooting andathletics.

At last count, Maharashtra bagged 14 gold, 18 silver and16 bronze medals.

In shooting, world champion Tejaswini Sawant won theindividual gold in her pet 50m rifle prone as the team alsowent on to clinch the gold, while ace shooter Samresh Jungopened his account with a yellow metal in the centre firepistol. .

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