As the National Games pass on to the eighth day, Sports Rediscovered brings to you a summary of the events as they took place in God’s own country.
In the penultimate day for archery, the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Ernakulam witnessed some interesting action in the compound events. In a shocker, Manipur, which leads the medals tally in archery, failed to shine today. In the men’s individual event, Asian Games gold medallist Rajat Chauhan took gold, Delhi’s Abhishek took silver and Telangana’s Isaiah Sanam took bronze. The men’s team event saw Punjab getting to their first gold in archery, leaving behind Rajasthan and Telangana to settle for silver and bronze respectively
In the compound women’s individual competition, Andhra Pradesh’s Purva Shende took gold, while silver went to her Arunachal Pradesh’s Sorang Yumi and bronze to Punjab’s Trisha Dev. Medals in the team event shuttled between the three states itself, with Arunachal Pradesh getting gold, and Punjab and Andhra Pradesh settling for silver and bronze.
In the 28 km individual time trial road race women’s event, Maharashtra’s Rutuja Satpute took gold,while Krishnendu Krishna and Mahita Mohan of Kerala took silver and bronze. The 120 km road mass start saw Haryana’s Pankaj Kumar take gold,Karnataka’s N Lokesh take silver and Maharashtra’s Abhinandan Bhosale take bronze.
In the women’s semifinals held today, Odisha beat Haryana 3-0. In the second semifinals, Manipur beat Kerala by the same margin. Odisha will now face each Manipur in the finals on February 10th.
Tamil Nadu’s upcoming tennis star Ramkumar Ramanathan beat compatriot N Sriram Balaji 6-4,6-2 to claim the Men’s title. In the women’s singles, Gujarat’s Ankita Raina got the better of Maharashtra’s Prarthana Thombare 7-5,6-3.
In the men’s doubles finals, the Telangana duo of Saketh Mynei and Vishnu Vardhan Jagadeeshan beat Tamil Nadu’s, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Vijay Natarajan 6-7,6-3,11-9. In the women’s doubles, Gujarat’s Ankita Raina and Eetee Maheta beat Telangana’s Nidhi Chilumula and Sowjanya Bavisetti 6-2,6-1. As the tennis events came to an end today, Gujarat lead the medal tally from the tennis courts with 3 golds.
Athletics and Badminton events kick off tomorrow, while Archery comes to an end. Services are still towering over the medals table with a whooping 42 gold, while Maharashtra and Haryana bring up the rear with 27 gold each.
*from the official site of the 2015 National Games (as on 8 Feb, 2015)