Thiruvananthapuram | Diminutive shooting star Jitu Rai struck gold twice with his pistol while Kerala’s swimming sensation Sajan Prakash continued to shatter records and accumulate gold medals, adding a fifth to his tally, on the fifth day of competitions in the 35th National Games here today.
Haryana and Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) were locked in a battle of supremacy with the latter taking the top spot with 29 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze (49). Haryana were breathing down the defending champions’ neck with 25 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze (42). Maharashtra were placed third with 21 gold 25 silver and 18 bronze (64).
At the shooting range, Jitu took his Games’ gold tally to three when he first combined with Gurpreet Singh and Omkar Singh to ensure a top finish for SSCB in the 10m pistol team event before coming out trumps in the individual competition.
Jitu, Gurpreet and Omkar totalled 1724 to finish ahead of Punjab (1712), which was followed by Uttar Pradesh (1711). He added the individual gold with a score of 200.9, steering clear of the challenge presented by teammate Omkar (197.5) and Madhya Pradesh’s Amit Kumar Pilaniya (177.9).
I am very happy with how I have performed. It is very satisfying to get both the gold medals, said the shooter, who had surprisingly settled for a bronze in the 50m pistol individual event earlier in the Games.
Kerala sensation Elizabeth Koshy continued her good form and after the 50m rifle prone gold, she clinched the 50m rifle 3 position gold as well by scoring 445.9. Maharashtra’s Vedangi Tuljapurkar (444.7) was the silver-medallist and Tamil Nadu’s Sandhya Winfred pulled off the bronze in a star-studded field, which featured among others veteran Anjali Bhagwat and Lajja Gauswami.
Bhagwat, however, claimed the team gold in this category, combining with Vedangi and former world champion Tejaswini Sawant for Maharashtra with a score of 1710. Haryana shot the same score as the gold-medallists but had to be content with a silver medal on account of lesser perfect 10s, while Punjab kept the bronze with a total of 1699.
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