Richa, Khade continue their gold rush at Natl Games

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Ranchi/ Jamshedpur, February 18 (PTI) Swimmer RichaMishra grabbed up two more gold medals to make it 11 in totalas she remained on course to topple Nisha Millet''s12-year-old feat,after sixth day of the 34th National Games,here today.

Maharashtra led the medals tally with 28 gold, 30silver and 27 bronze medals. Maintaining the pole position hasbeen possible due to brilliant efforts from swimming superstarVir Dhawal Khade and world champion markswoman TejaswiniSawant both of whom won couple of gold medals each.

Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) did well in shootingto retain the second spot with their tally reading 24-20-18,as Delhi powered by Richa''s performance improved their goldcount to 22 along with 13 silver and 15 bronze medals toremain on third place.

Nisha Millet''s Manipur National Games (1999) feat of 11individual gold seemed to be in danger as Richa continued hersuperb run to bag two gold in the 400m freestyle and 200mindividual medley at the Veer Budhu Bhagat Aquatic Stadium inMega Sports Complex of Ranchi.

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 to conclude her campaign tomorrow.

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

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

Rising star from Karnataka, Gagan AP bagged one gold withrecord timing to make it six gold and two bronze for him,while the day''s other record in swimming belonged to noneother than Richa.

In men''s waterpolo, Kerala beat Bengal 9-3 to set up afinal clash against 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 routedKarnataka 10-0.

In shooting, Tejaswini clinched a fourth gold to concludea brilliant campaign as Tikait Umrao Shooting Range in MegaSports Complex of Ranchi witnessed one record by Annu RajSingh. .

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