South Asian Games 2019 Medal Tally: Day 4 roundup and analysis, India claims top spot in the medal tally
The Indian athletes dominated the proceedings in Nepal today as India claimed the top spot in the South Asian Games 2019 medal tally. With the host nation having held on to the top position for the opening day, India's top show on the day saw them dethrone Nepal for the first time in this year's competition.
India won the gold medal in the men's and women's table tennis events, in addition to gold medals from the men's and women's tennis competition. Also, Kirpal Singh Ba and Gagandeep Singh won the gold and silver medal in men's discus throw event respectively while Lokesh Sathyana and Swaminathan Yadav finished in the top two positions in the men's long jump event.
The Indian women reigned supreme in the discus throw and 200 meters race events as Navjeet Kaur and Archana Suseent claimed the pole position in their respective events. India's men's and women's paddlers brought the gold home in the doubles competition as well.
Shifting focus to the shooting contingent, Singh Annu Raj first won the 25 Meter Pistol women's tourney and then she led the Indian team to the gold in the team category of the same sport. Pakistan took the bronze medal in both the games.
In Taekwondo, Nepal's Saksham Karki seized the gold in men's 87+ kg category. India's Jarnel Singh, Rodali Baruwa and Latika Bhandari won the golds in their respective categories.
Apart from table tennis and tennis, the Indian teams outclassed their south Asian rivals in the sport of Kho Kho as well.
The trio of Pragnya Mohan, M S Adarsh and Sorojini Devi gained the world's attention by winning the gold in the mixed triathlon relay game. Nepal and Sri Lanka finished at the second and third positions respectively in the same event.
The Nepalese athletes took the gold medals in cycling and Taekwondo but apart from that, there was very little to cheer for the home fans today.
Here's a look at the updated medal tally of South Asian Games 2019.
With an overall tally of 34 gold medals, India displaced Nepal as the top-placed team on the medal tally. The Indian players won a total of 19 golds today while Nepal could add only 6 more to their overnight tally.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka won 4 gold medals while Bangladesh, Maldives and Bhutan failed to land a single gold medal.