Mishra rules the pool as Maharashtra leads tally

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Ranchi, Feb 18 (PTI) Swimmer Richa Mishra bagged two moregold medals to consolidate her medals tally to 11 and is nowjust one short of bettering Nisha Millet''s 12-year-old record,after the sixth day of the 34th National Games here today.

Maharashtra led the medals tally with 28 gold, 30 silverand 27 bronze medals, and a lot of credit for that should goto the efforts of swimmers Virdhawal Khade and world championmarkswoman Tejaswini Sawant -- both winning two gold medals.

Services (SSCB) rode on their shooters to retain thesecond spot with their tally reading 24-20-19, while Delhi,powered by Mishra''s performance, improved their gold count to22 along with 14 silver and 16 bronze medals to remain onthird place.

Millet''s feat of 11 individual gold in the 1999 ManipurNational Games seemed to be in danger as Mishra continued hersuperb run to bag two gold in the 400m freestyle and 200mindividual medley at the Veer Budhu Bhagat Aquatic Stadium inMega Sports Complex here.

Nisha had won a total of 14 titles there, with threecoming from relays beside a silver medal. Richa, who now has11 gold, two silver and bronze, will compete in two moreevents on the morrow.

Asian Games bronze medalist Khade shattered two recordsen route to his double gold in the 200m IM and 50m backstroke.

Khade''s gold tally has moved to seven along with twosilver and two bronze medals.

Karnataka''s Gagan AP bagged one gold with record timingto make it six gold and two bronze for him, while the day''sother record in swimming belonged to none other than Mishra.

In men''s waterpolo, Kerala beat Bengal 9-3 to set up afinal clash with Services, who got the better of Maharashtra9-3 in the other half.

Delhi pipped Maharashtra 6-5 in the women''s waterpolosemifinal to set up a final date with Kerala, who thrashedKarnataka 10-0.

Athletics, too, saw new meet records with Asian juniorchampion Harvinder Singh Dagar winning the hammer throw.

The second record belonged to Priyanka Singh Patel whobettered the mark of Asian Games gold medalist Sudha Singh --she did not start, despite her name figuring in the list.

Tamil Nadu ruled the roost in squash competition inDhanbad winning the gold and silver in both the men''s andwomen''s events.

In the finals, Harinder Pal Sandhu beat statemate RaviDixit 3-1 for the men''s singles title, while in the women''ssingles, Aparajitha Balamurukan made a brilliant comeback todefeat compatriots Anwesha Reddy Vangala 3-2.

In shooting, Tejaswini clinched a fourth gold to concludea brilliant campaign as the Tikait Umrao Shooting Range inMega Sports Complex here witnessed a record by Annu Raj Singh.

Having already pocketed the individual and team gold in50m rifle prone, the Maharashtra shooter was not at her bestin the 50m rifle three positions, but the score of 672.6 wasenough to earn her third yellow metal. .

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