The action from Day 5 of the South Asian Games 2019 saw the Indian contingent continue their dominant showing in Nepal taking their gold medals tally to 62.
The South Asian Games 2019 Medal Tally now has India on the prime spot with a total of 124 medals - 62 Gold medals, 41 Silver medals, and 21 Bronze medals. Indian athletes added a haul of 28 gold medals across various sports to maintain their lead atop the standings.
Huge medal haul from the Wushu athletes on Day 5 for India
The martial arts sports of Wushu saw India add one of its first gold medals of the day as Suraj Singh clinched the gold medal in the Men's Gunshu All Round event with a score of 19.22 points, beating out his opponent from Nepal whose score stood 19.13. Bidyapati Chanu was the second medalist of the day in Wushu as she picked up the bronze medal in the Women's Sansou 56 kg category. In the Women's Sansou 52 kg category event, Sanathoi Devi emerged victorious getting the gold medal for the country.
Punam (Women's 75 kg event), Deepika (Women's 70 kg event), Sushila (Women's 65 kg), Roshibina Devi (Women's 60 kg event) were the other women Wushu athletes who managed to pick up gold medals and improve India's position in the South Asian Games 2019 medal tally.
The different category events of the Men's competition saw more glory in store for the Indian athletes. Sunil Singh (Men's 52 kg event), Suraj Yadav (Men's 70 kg event), Ravi Panchal (Men's 65 kg event), Vikranta Baliyan (Men's 60 kg event) and Uchit Singh (Men's 56 kg event) were the gold medal winners for India in the Wushu events across various weight categories. Naveen (Men's 80 kg event) added a silver medal for the country as he lost out to the opponent from Pakistan in the final.
Athletics had a comparatively quiet day than yesterday for the Indians on Day 5 of the South Asian Games 2019. The Men's 110 metres dash saw Surender Jayak clinch the silver medal clocking a timing of 14:37 seconds losing out by a margin of 0.07 seconds to Muhammad Naeem from Pakistan. Women's 100 metres dash ended with Indian runner Aparna Roy getting her hands on the silver medal with a sprint that timed at 14.13 seconds.
Jeevan Karekopp got the bronze medal in Men's 400 metres race with a time of 47.42 seconds finishing behind a pair of Sri Lankan runners. The Women's 400 metres race saw Priya Habbathan clock 54.31 seconds to get a silver medal in the event. Women's Triple Jump saw a jump of 12.77 metes from India's Bhairabi Roy as she settled for the bronze medal.
Indian triple jumper Karthik Unnikri won the gold medal in the Men's Triple Jump event with a South Asian Games record jump measuring 16.47 metres. The previous record was held by fellow Indian triple jumper Renjith Maheswary at a distance of 16.45 metres.
Indian cyclist Pranita Prafull Soman was the lone medalist for the country today as she got the bronze medal in the Women's Cross Country Olympics Final with a timing of 01:36:29.
Impressive show by the Taekwondo athletes continues on Day 5
Another martial art sports event at the South Asian Games 2019 continued to prove fruitful for India with another haul of medals. Six medals were claimed by Indian athletes including 3 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze medal.
In the women's events, Margerrete Maria (Women's 73 kg event), Ruchika Bhave (Women's 67 kg event) and Purva Dattatray Dixit (Women's 49 kg event) were the gold medal winners on the day.
Akshay Hooda (Men's 87 kg event) and Niraj Chaudhary (Men's 58 kg event) picked up the silver medal whereas Lakshya (Men's 80 kg event) won the bronze medal in their respective events.
Four gold medals on the first day of the weightlifting events
On the inaugural day of the weightlifting competition at the South Asian Games 2019, Indian athletes added four gold medals to establish supremacy.
Jhilli Dalabehera was the first gold medalist of the day as she lifted a total of 151 kg (66 kg in snatch and 85 kg in clean & jerk) in the Women's Under 45 kg event to add the South Asian Games 2019 medal to her silver medal in the Asian Weightlifting Championships earlier this year. In the Women's Under 49 kg event, Soren Sneha emerged victorious with the gold as she lifted a combined weight of 157 kg (68 kg in snatch and 89 kg in clean & jerk).
Commonwealth Championship gold medal winner Sorokhaibam Bindyarani Devi was victorious in the Women's 55 kg event with a total lift of 181 kg. The fourth gold medal of the day for India was claimed by Siddhant Gogoi in the Men's 61 kg event as he lifted a total weight of 264 kg.
Swimming leads the biggest haul of medals for India on Day 5
The Indian swimmers were the most successful athletes in terms of the number of medals on the day grabbing a total of 11 medals - four gold medals, six silver medals and one bronze medal.
Likith Selvaraj Prema (Men's 200m SC Breaststroke), Apeksha Delyla Fernandes (Women's 200m SC Breaststroke), Divya Satija (Women's 100m SC Butterfly) and the Women's team in the 400m SC Freestyle Relay were the gold medalist on the first day of action in the pool.
Shooting also produced a good number of medals for India as the pair of Pankaj Kumar and Kiran Ankush Jadhav got a 1-2 podium finish in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Individual event. The Indian team comprising of Pankaj Kumar, Kiran Ankush Jadhav and Yash Vardhan combined to get the gold medal in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Team event.
With a successful showing on the Day 5 of the South Asian Games, the Indian team will aim to emulate their performances tomorrow to keep hold of their top spot in the South Asian Games 2019 medal tally.