India's Golden Run Gathers Pace at South Asian Games

08/02/2016 8:25 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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From left, India's team members Purvasha Sudhir Shende, Trisha Deb and Jyothi Surekha Vennam compete during the compound women's team gold medal archery match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Guwahati -- India's might found no challenge in the 12th South Asian Games with the country's archers, wrestlers and weightlifters clinching a majority of gold medals to ensure a third successive day of supremacy for the host country here on Monday.

While compound archers scooped all five gold medals on offer, wrestlers also annihilated competition to grab five yellow metals out of six.

India continued to top the medals' tally with a count of 72, which includes 48 gold, 18 silver and six bronze medals.

Sri Lanka held on to the second spot with 59 medals (11 gold, 25 silver and 23 bronze). Pakistan was a distant third in the tally with 29 medals (4 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze) in their kitty.

The golden run began early today for India in Shillong with compound archers grabbing all the five gold medals on offer along with two silver medals to rule the roost.

The Indian archers topped the medals chart ahead of Bangladesh, who finished with two silver and two bronze medals and Bhutan (0-1-1).

The compound trio of Purvasha Shende, Jyoti Vennam and Lily Chanu Paonam started the gold rush for India downing their opponents from Bangladesh 228-217 in the morning session.

Purvasha went on to win a hat-trick of gold medals as she also emerged the individual champion and bagged her third in mixed pair event with Asian Games team gold and individual silver medalist Abhishek Verma.

After a near perfect round in the team event where he shot 15 perfect 10s out of a possible 16, Verma lost to compatriot Rajat Chauhan by two points in the individual final as both of them returned with two gold medals each.

Ranked world No.5, Chauhan lived up to his reputation, edging out Verma 144-142 to emerge the individual champion in a thrilling men's final in the afternoon session.

In the squash competition, star player Joshna Chinappa clinched the gold in women's individual event after beating Maria Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan in a tense and ill-tempered summit clash.

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