A few months after bettering his own national record at the National Open Athletics Championships, India’s shot-putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor showed his class at the South Asian Games 2019 underway in Kathmandu, Nepal. The 25-year-old managed to throw a distance of 20.03 metres, setting a new Games record for shot put and convincingly winning the gold medal.
Fellow Indian shot putter Omprakash Singh Karhana claimed the silver with a throw of 17.31 metres, while Sri Lankan Samith Madhusankar took the final podium spot with a throw of 15.55 metres.
India claimed a gold medal in the women’s shot put event as well with 24-year-old Abha Khatua bagging the top position with a throw of 15.32 metres. Compatriot Kachnar Chaudhary won the bronze medal after managing a distance of 13.66 metres.
More track and field success at South Asian Games
India’s track and field athletes continued their fine showing at the 2019 South Asian Games, claiming eight more medals in the morning session on Friday (December 6).
2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships semifinalist MP Jabir impressed in Kathmandu as well, winning a silver medal in the 400m hurdles race. Pakistan’s Mehboob Ali won the gold in that race, while India’s Santhosh Kumar claimed the bronze.
India also won silver medals in the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay, coming behind Sri Lankan athletes in both the cases.
In the women’s 5000m race, India’s runners took home two medals with Parul Chaudhary and Priti Lamba claiming silver and bronze respectively.
In the men’s 5000m, Sunil Dawar claimed the silver with a timing of 14:55:21 but the 2019 Delhi Half Marathon winner Srinu Bugatha failed to make it to the podium, finishing in fifth position.
Three badminton golds for India
India’s badminton contingent bagged gold medals in the men’s as well as women’s finals, augmenting their tally even further.
In the men’s section, teenager Siril Verma defeated fellow Indian shuttler Aryaman Tandon 17-21, 23-21, 21-13 to claim the gold medal.
In the women’s singles final, Ashmita Chaliha continued her good form as she beat Gayatri Gopichand 21-18, 25-23 in straight games.
India’s shuttlers also claimed the top prize in the mixed doubles category at the South Asian Games 2019, as the duo of Dhruv Kapila and Meghana Jakkampudi beat their Sri Lankan counterparts 21-16, 21-14.
Table tennis, fencing and weightlifting triumphs
2018 Commonwealth Games table tennis gold medallist Anthony Amalraj won the top prize at the South Asian Games 2019 as he defeated Harmeet Desai 4-3 in the final.
In the women’s table tennis final, it was once again an all-India affair as Sutirtha Mukherjee defeated Ayhika Mukherjee for the gold medal.
India’s athletes also claimed three gold medals for fencing with Karan Singh, Sunil Kumar and Thoibi Devi Wanglembam claiming top places on the podium.
Weightlifting was another discipline where India excelled as Achinta Sheuli bagged the gold in the men’s 73kg category with a cumulative score of 300kg (135+165).
In shooting, the team of Annuraj Singh, Esha Singh and Shri Nivetha won a gold in the 10m Air Pistol event, with a total score of 1733. Nivetha also won gold in the individual event to add further gloss to India’s sensational shooting season.
Swimmers continue to shine
India’s swimmers continued to shine at the South Asian Games 2019, winning ten medals on Friday to add to the 11 that they had already amassed in the competition. The likes of Kushagra Rawat, Srihari Nataraj, Maana Patel, Annie Jain won gold medals in their respective categories.
Veteran swimmer Virdhawal Khade had to settle for a silver in the men’s 50m freestyle race.