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Services topple Maharashtra from top spot

india Updated: Feb 21, 2011 01:06 IST
HT Correspondent

Services upstaged Maharashtra from the pole position in the medal tally on a day of upsets which saw Asian Games gold medallist 400m hurdler Joseph Abraham being pushed to second place in the 34th National Games on Sunday.

Services athletes excelled in shooting and cycling to usurp the pole position from Maharashtra who were on top in the last three days. Services now have 35 gold, 26 silver and 23 bronze ahead of Maharashtra (32-34-34) and Manipur (25-14-15).

But the talk of the day was the upset in the athletics arena as Asian Games gold medallist and national record holder Joseph Abraham was pushed to the second place by Punjab’s Kuldev Singh, who won the 400m hurdles with a Games record timing of 50.31 seconds.

He bettered P Shankar's meet record of 51.37 as the ace 400m hurdler Abraham clocked a poor 50.38.

Commonwealth Games bronze medalist triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary had also to settle for bronze. There was another upset in the men's discus throw when national record holder Vikas Gowda had to return empty-handed as he finished a disappointing fifth.

Services Sandeep Karan Singh (3:48.05) clinched the 1500m gold while Uttarakhand's Ravinder S Rautela (3:48.47) and Kerala's Sajeesh Joseph (3:48.91) took home silver and bronze respectively.

Karmakar wins gold

Tripura’s Dipa Karmakar sparkled in the gymnastics arena clinching four gold medals taking her haul to five, the highest by any gymnast on the concluding day of the event here.

Karmakar, 18, who won the all-round title on Saturday, won the girl’s table vault, uneven bars, floor exercises and balanced beam to emerge top in the individual medal list followed by Maharashtra’s Aksheta Shate who took four gold in the Rhythmic gymnastics.

Thane boys on course

Thane boys Akshay Dewalkar and Jishnu Sanyal stayed on course for a gold medal in the men’s doubles badminton after beating Mohit Kamath and Venkatesh Prasad 21-16, 21-18 in the semifinals on Sunday.

Maharashtra will also attempt to grab a gold in the women’s singles and doubles events with Arundhati Pantawane (singles) and Pradnya Gadre/Sampada Sahastra-buddhe (doubles) booking their final berths.