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Indian men row to double sculls bronze

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 18:17 IST
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Men rowers Kiran Yalamanchi and Bijender Singh gave India an unexpected bronze medal in the double sculls competition to increase India's modest medal haul at the Asian Games in Doha on Wednesday.

The Indian duo showed good speed and power in the first half of the race before they lost the fight for the silver medal to the fast-finishing Thai pair of T Ruthtanaphol and T Anupong and settled for the third place.

Kiran and Bijender clocked 3 minutes, 26.01 seconds to finish ahead of fourth-placed Kazakhstan and behind gold medal winners Japan and second-placed Thailand.

India's medal tally after the rowing event stood at two gold, four silver and four bronze.

But the country's top cueists, tipped to win the snooker gold, came a cropper against a fast-improved China who blew them away 3-0 in the semi-final of the team event.

Former Asian champion Yasin Merchant, Aditya Mehta and Rupesh Shah failed to get going against their Chinese opponents and lost tamely.

Shah played first and was thumped 85-8 by Junhui Ding while Merchant's vast experienced failed to help India draw level as he lost 41-60 to Wenbo Liang in the second match.

Aditya Mehta and Merchant were overwhelmed 78-0 in the doubles contest by Ding and Pengfei Tian.

India still have a chance to get the bronze as they take on Malaysia in the play-off scheduled later on Wednesday.

Malaysia lost to Hong Kong 1-3 in the second semi-final.