THE 33rd National Games under way at Guwahati have brought a huge haul of medals for Madhya Pradesh. At the close of the fifth day on Tuesday, the medal tally reached 43 — including four gold — the highest ever won by the State in any National Games. In the last National Games at Manipur, MP had won 37 medals.
On Tuesday, MP won 11 medals. International player Ankit Pachauri bagged two silver medals in the canoeing event. Talking to Hindustan Times from Guwahati, canoeing coach Mayank Thakur felt satisfied over the performance of Pachauri. “Ankit fought a close battle. I am glad from him but his overall performance was satisfactory”, said the coach.
State won second silver in the C-4 event. The silver medallist team comprises Ankit Pachauri, Sunil Kewat, Sunil Keer and Nafis. The third medal for the State in water sports was won by Nardev Singh in the 1000m event of the K-1 category. SAF gold medallist Rajkumari Dodiya maintained the rhythm on the fifth day. In the 50m rifle individual event, she won silver.
She, Rakhi Samant and Poornima won the second silver for the State in 50m rifle. Team of Naresh Kumar, Poonam Kumar and Mohinder Singh won bronze in the 25m centre fire event.
Sumer Singh bagged the second silver medal in the equestrian. In the individual event of the show jumping category of the equestrian, he stood second.
Taekwondo, that had been the most successful game for the State in previous National Games, brought two bronze medals on Tuesday. Hemant Singh Parihar and Rashmi Chauhan were the winners.
V Biju won the bronze medal in the 65kg weightlifting category. However, the State saw received a setback in the fencing and archery. In both events, Madhya Pradesh could not register name in the first three places.
DIRECTOR SPORTS Sanjay Chaudhary has hoped that the State would comfortably win more than 50 medals in the National Games. “Our players have shown a fabulous performance. The good results are because of number of camps organised in the last one year”, said Chaudhary.