National Games Day 6: Golden Surge for P S Madhu

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Although news of the Chandigarh netball team being thrown out of the National Games based on allegations of forgery had taken a little sheen off the Games, some performances have given us reason to smile. Records were washed out again, with Services’ P S Madhu scoring twice. Maharashtra took over Haryana in the medals tally, while the defending champions continued with their domination.Sports Rediscovered brings to you a short report of the 6th day of the competition.

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P S Madhu: In ‘buoyant’ spirits
Image Credits: The Hindu

Shooting:

In the 50 m rifle 3 Position, Services’ top marksman Satyendra Singh scored 445.8 to take Gold, while Maharashtra’s Swapnil Kusale and Services’ Chain Singh Manas took Silver and Bronze. The Shooting events in this edition of the National Games thus came to an end today, with Services leading the line with 13 goals.

Swimming:

Maharashtra’s Aakanksha Vora swam to her 5th Gold today with a stellar performance in the 400m Freestyle event. The 17 year old clocked 4:32.50 secs, finishing ahead of Karnataka’s Malaika V and Madhya Pradesh’s Richa Mishra.

In the 200m individual medley, Madhya Pradesh’s Richa Mishra clinched gold, while A V Jayaveena and Damini Gowda came in second and third.

Saurabh Sangvekar’s record in the 400m freestyle event became memory today, as Kerala’s new poster boy Sajan Prakash clocked 3:57.16 seconds to continue his dominance in the pool. Sangvekar took silver, while local boy Anand A S took bronze.

Services’ PS Madhu struck twice today.In the 200m Individual medley, the Kerala born Services swimmer charged to the gold, while Karnataka’s Arvind Mani and Madhya Pradesh’s Sandeep Sejwal took silver and bronze respectively. Madhu went on to get his fourth gold with the 50 m backstroke event.

15 year old Manna Patel charmed again with her performance in the 50 m backstroke women’s event. She took gold, clocking 30.68 seconds. Maharashtra’s Jyotsna Pansare took silver, and Karnataka’s Vania KA took bronze.

Football:

The Manipur women’s team had a windfall with a 11 goal victory over Jharkhand.  In the preliminary rounds of the men’s event, Punjab beat West Bengal 1-0. Breaking the hearts of the local fans, the hosts bowed out of the Games after being defeated by Odisha 2-0.

Summary:
As swimming comes to an end with the 100m breaststroke and freestyle events on the 7th  day of the games, we can boast of an influx of new talents who’ve revised the record books.

Medals Tally:

*From the National Games website as on Feb 6, 2015 

State Gold Silver Bronze Total
Services SCB 38 11 12 61
Maharashtra 25 29 20 74
Haryana 25 13 6 44




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