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Two bronze for India from swimming pool

India's poor show in the pool continued as the hosts could lay their hands on only two bronze medals in the aquatic events.

othersports Updated: Oct 27, 2003 19:28 IST

India's poor show in the pool continued as the home swimmers could lay their hands on only two bronze medals in the aquatic events of the inaugural Afro-Asian Games here on Monday.

The medals were won by the relay teams on the third day of the competition which saw one-legged South African Natalie Dutoit hogging limelight with her silver medal winning effort in the 800m freestyle.

Natalie, whose leg was amputated from the knee following an accident in 2000, got a standing ovation when she finished her race in 9 min 17.92 seconds. The event was dominated by Africans with Shrone Austine of Seychelles claiming the gold with a timing of 9:16.46 and South Africa's Velia Janse Van R took the bronze (9:19.74).

The bronze medals came in the two 4x100m relay free style events of the day.

The quartet of Shikha Tondon, Lisa Mahanta, Remya V and Ambica Iyenger finished at 4:16.53, well behind gold medal winners Korea's Cho A Ra, Park Kyung Hwa, Shin Bo Mi Kim Mi Ryung (4:00.07) and Christine Zwiegers, Jackie Wellman, Ellen Hight, (4:04.02).

The second bronze medal winning team - Senthil Kumar, Gairik Bardhan, Rajeev K and Benoy Sebastian - were quite slow in covering the distance but still got the medal as there were only teams in fray.

They completed the race in 4:7.89 seconds, almost 20 seconds slower than Japanese swimmers, who claimed the gold medal. South Africa won the silver medal.

Barring the two bronze medals, it was a disappointing day for the Indians in the pool with not even a single swimmer winning a medal in the individual races.

Ambica Iyenger was the first failure for the home side today when she finished sixth in a seven-field competition with a poor timing of 9:55.59.

In other events, V Sivaranjani despite getting a very fine start failed to win a medal while Mandar Divse and Mir Akbar Ali had a very ordinary outing.

Algeria's Mahrez Mebarekwas finished top in the 400m freestyle for men while the 200m individual medley gold went to Ouying Kunpeng of China.

Korea's Lee Sun A won the women's 200m individual medley gold.

The day also turned out to be disappointing for Pakistani swimmers who failed to grab even a medal from the pool events.

Kiran Khan came last in the women's 200m individual medley while the Pakistani women's free style relay team took the last position.

First Published: Oct 27, 2003 19:28 IST