From the northeast, the fourth day of the ongoing 34th National Games in Jharkhand was of Assam. On Wednesday, it won two gold medals in lawn bowls and a silver in men’s triples by the team, comprising Ananda Kumar Narzary, Mridul Borgohain and Mohd Raja. Two more silver came when Rajandra Gharti Magar won a silver in men’s sanshou below-56kg and Sunita Devi Moirangthem bagged another in women’s sanshou below-60kg. Bongita Hazarika and Tania Choudhury got bronze in the women’s pairs. One silver and one bronze also came from the sepak takraw event.
On the other hand Manipur added two gold medals on Wednesday to remain on top of the medals race. The two gold medal haul came from sepak takraw men and women team event at the Indoor Stadium in Dhanbad. The sepak takraw men had a a 2-0 victory over Delhi. The sepak takraw women also won the match 2-0 over Assam. Assam tallied a silver and bronze medal in sepak takraw on Wednesday. The Assam women bagged silver in the sepak takraw team event and their male counterparts had to remain content with bronze on Wednesday.
For Manipur, in women’s 500 metres single scull event, L Luxmi advanced to the semifinal while Ch Priya and Th Chaoba rowed to the last four round in the women’s 500 metres double sculls event on Wednesday. In 500 metre coxless pair event of rowing competition, S Zingranphy and Kh Debala have reached the last four stage.
Albeit, in women’s football competition today, Manipur mauled Assam 10-0 while West Bengal thrashed Tripura 26-0, to move into the semifinals. Manipur next face West Bengal at 2.30 pm tomorrow.
Interestingly, five States and Services have benefited in the ongoing Games with players from Manipur representing these States/institution have provided them more than a dozen gold medals. The most benefitted is Delhi with five gold medals followed by Madhya Pradesh with four, Services and Haryana two each, and one apiece by Karnataka and Jharkhand.
After the fourth day, Assam are placed 12th and Manipur continues to lead the tally with 19 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals. Sikkim’s poor show continues. It has not won a single medal over last two days.
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