Toppers Services set to improve 2007 Games medal count

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Tapan Mohanta

Ranchi, Feb 22 (PTI) Services were set to improve theirmedal count of the earlier edition as they consolidated theirtop position on the 10th day of competition in the 34thNational Games here today.

Services, who topped the medal tally in the last editionof the Games four years, added four more gold today to taketheir tally to 49 gold, 36 silver and 27 bronze.

They have won 13 gold medals more than second-placedManipur with just four days remaining in the competition.

Services had won 59 gold, 46 silver and 37 bronze medalsin Guwahati National Games in 2007.

With spectacular performances in water events, fencingand archery, Manipur toppled Maharashtra from the second spotwith 36-23-23. Maharashtra failed to add any gold medal todayto slip to third position with 34-38-37.

The weightlifting competition provided keen competitionswith Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Sandhya Rani Devibeing pushed to third spot.

Roped in by Jharkhand to add to their yellow medal count,Sandhya Rani turned out to be a big cropper as she managed adisappointing 151kg (65 snatch + 86 clean and jerk) to slip tothird spot in the women''s 48kg.

Soniya Chanu of Uttar Pradesh, who won silver in theCommonwealth Games, emerged victorious with a lift of 157kg(68+89) as Kh Sanjita Chanu of Manipur finished a close secondwith 154kg (67+87).

Another Commonwealth Games bronze medallist V SrinivasaRao failed to improve his Games record of 135kg in jerk buthis total lift of 226kg (100+126) was enough to earn him gold.

Maharashtra''s Mayur Sinhasane lifted 225kg (103+122) forthe silver while M Tamil Selvan of Tamil Nadu had an effort of205kg (95+110) for the bronze.

Manipur''s H Shaya Devi clinched the women''s 53kg goldwith 170kg (75+95) as Assam''s P Liainu Chanu, who lifted atotal of 168kg (73+95), settled for a silver. Orissa''s MinatiSethi finished third with 161kg (71+90).

Meanwhile, Punjab men and Tamil Nadu women won the goldmedals in basketball.

Punjab men outclassed Uttarakhand 97-57 while Tamil Naduwomen defeated Chhattisgarh by 79-48 to finish at the top ofthe podium.

In the matches for the bronze medals, Services mendefeated Tamil Nadu 81-68 while Delhi women beat Maharashtra79-59. .

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