In 50m Pistol Men Team shooting competition India won the Gold at the 12th SAG today. The Gold winning Indian team members were Omkar Singh, P.N. Prakash and Om Prakash. Pakistani team members Khan Kalimullah, Akhtar Muhammad and Ullah Kalem won the Silver Medal while Bangladeshi shooters Mohendra Singha, Ahmad Sakil and Md. Anwar Hossain bagged the Bronze Medal.
In 10m Air Rifle Women Individual shooting competition India swept Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. Apurvi Chandela clinched the Gold, Silver won by Pooja Ghatakar while Elizabeth Susan Koshy settled for Bronze Medal.
Cash award announced to Indian Volleyball teams
Volleyball Federation of India has announced an award of Rs.10 lakh for both the Men and Women teams for winning Gold Medals in the 12th South Asian Games at Guwahati. This was announced by the president of Volleyball Federation of India, Chaudhary Avadhesh Kumar to acknowledge and encourage the moral boosting of team members, the Chief Coach and other coaches to get the laurels for India. It is to mention that for the first time both the Men and Women Volleyball teams have performed excellently in this championship bringing Gold Medals for the country.
In Men’s Doubles Tennis, Indian pair Ramkumar Ramanathan and Vijay Sundar Prasath won Gold Medal. Divij Sharan and Sanam Singh won the Silver Medal. The Bronze Medal goes to Sri Lankan players Harshana Godamanna and Shamal Dassanayake.
In Womens Double Table Tennis, played at Shillong, Indian pair won Gold and Silver medals. Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Manika Batra won gold by defeating Mouma Dad-Shamini Kumaresan by 3-0. Defeated Indian pair has to settle with Silver Medal.
Amalraj was looking for his third gold medal of the tournament, but the national singles champion and his partner were taken down by the young pairing of Sathiyan/Karia in straight games, 11-1, 11,8, 11-6 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Sports Hall.
Earlier, Manika Batra and Pooja Sahasrabudhe were crowned champions of the women’s doubles by defeating Mouma Das and K Shamini, also in straight games, 11-7, 13-11, 11-5. Although the silver medallists gave the winners a hiccup in the second game that went to 24 points, Batra and Sahasrabudhe had little trouble in the first and third games.
With all the contestants in the finals from India, two more gold and two silver were added to India’s kitty.
It was yet another day of Indian dominance at the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games in Shillong where the host country shuttlers proceeded to the semis of the individual events on Tuesday. The Indians won all that came their way without even dropping a set.
It was also for the first time that Shillongites got a view of the famed doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa. The duo beat Sri Lanka’s Chandrika De Silva and Nadeesha Gayanthi 21–, 21-12 to ease to the semis of the women’s doubles event.
K Srikanth and HS Prannoy made to the round of four in the men’s singles beating Ahmed Thoif Mohamed of Maldives and Murad Ali of Pakistan respectively. While Srikanth sent Nepal’s Bikash Shrestha packing for a place in the quarters, Prannoy tamed Bhutan’s Karma Chendru to make the cut.
PV Sindhu, who received a bye to quarters, took just 15 minutes to beat Maldives’ Aishath Afnaan 21-7, 21-7 to reach semis.
India’s Ruthvika Shivani also made it to the last four beating Sri Lanka’s Thilini Hendahewa and Pakistan’s Khizna on her way.
There was a sudden buzz at the NEHU indoor sports complex when the famed Indian women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa arrived at the court for their quarterfinal encounter with Sri Lanka’s Chandrika De Silva and Nadeesha Gayanthi.
Gutta looked relaxed and visibly casual in her approach initially but was spot on with her moves. The crowd put its weight behind the Indian pair as Gutta went about things in a way unique to her. Gutta delivered accurate strokes and never missed a chance to press the deception button thus confusing her opponents.
Ponnappa, meanwhile, delivered a couple of perfect cross court smashes to rattle the opponents. The duo sealed the game 21-11, 21-12.
In the men’s doubles Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Atri beat the Pakistan pair of Azeem and Irfan 21-14, 21-17 to the semis.
The other Indian men’s doubles pair of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranav Jerry Chopra made light work of Bangladesh’ Enamul and Parash beating them 21-10, 21-11 in just 20 minutes.
In mixed doubles, Manu Atri and Ashwini Ponnappa dismissed Pakistan’s Shabar Hussain and Saima Wagas in just 16 minutes beating them 21-7, 21-4.
The other Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy beat Nepal’s Ratnajit Tamang and Sara Devi Tamang in straight sets to proceed.