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India's gold conquest on in South Asian Games

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 12:19 IST

It was all too familiar a tale of Indian gold conquest at the South Asian Games today, as the nation's swimmers, rowers and shooters picked up a bounty of medals on the fourth day of the competition here.

Consolidating their position on the leaderboard, the Indians boosted their overall tally to 39 gold, 14 silver and six  bronze, leaving hosts Sri Lanka a poor second.

The athletes from the emerald island have culled six gold, 15 silver and 23 bronze, while Pakistan occupied the third place with a collection of 4-13-14.

The Indians won 15 gold medals during the day, nine of which came from the water -- swimming contributing six and rowing three.

Indian shooters maintained their clean sweep over gold in shooting, raking in four more from the ranges while squash and table tennis provided one each.

In swimming, 15-year-old Lekha Kamat scooped up her fourth gold medal on her international debut, adding the 100m butterly title with a new Games record and then clinching honours in the 100m freestyle.

Arjun Muralidharan brought further cheers to the Indian camp picking up a gold in men's 100 mt back stroke besides helping his nation garner another in the 4x100 mt freestyle relay. The team, comprising Arjun Muralidharan, Rohit Havaldar, Sandeep Na and Verdhaval, clocked 3:37.41 for a top podium finish. More