National Games: Weightlifters Sambo Lapung, N. Ajith shatter Games records, Services athletes dominate
Gandhinagar, October 3, 2022
Arunachal Pradesh’s weightlifter Sambo Lapung, fellow weightlifter N Ajith (TN), pole vaulter Rosy Meena Paulraj (TN) and distance runner Gulveer Singh shattered records while winning gold medals in their respective events in the 36th National Games on Monday.
Lapung finally kept his tryst with the National Clean and Jerk record in the 96kg class, lifting 198kg on his way to gold. He missed his date with the record in the National Championships in Bhubaneswar earlier this year when the judges ruled his attempt as a No-Lift. But today, there was no stopping him from regaining the mark from Vikas Thakur (Services).
Though Services’ Jagdish settled for silver with a total of 331kg, 15kg less than Sambo Lapung, the Services juggernaut continued to cruise along on Monday too. Their rowers swept the three gold on offer in the men’s competition – the Lightweight Double Sculls, the Quadruple Sculls and Coxed Eight teams.
Armyman Gulveer Singh also beat more experienced competitors to win the men’s 10,000m crown.
Himachal Pradesh’s Seema won the Women’s 10,000m gold when the jury disqualified Maharashtra’s Sanjivani Jadhav for a lane infringement. With less than a lap to go for the finish, the visibly tiring front-runner stumbled and stepped inside the border to be disqualified by the jury.
Hrutika Shriram (Maharashtra) claimed her ninth gold medal in National Games, her first in this edition, winning the 3m Springboard Diving contest at the Sardar Patel Aquatics Complex in Rajkot, notching up a tally of 179.15 points.
Telangana claimed the Badminton Mixed Team gold with a 3-0 victory over Kerala. The husband-wife pair of Sumeet Reddy and Sikki Reddy put the team in the lead before Sai Praneeth rallied from a game deficit to beat the redoubtable H S Prannoy. Samia Farooqi made quick work of Gowrikrishna to seal the gold.
Meanwhile, in Women’s Hockey, Haryana captain Rani Ramphal scored a hattrick in a 4-0 defeat of Odisha for their second win in Group A at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Rajkot. They are assured of a place in the last four. Sunelita Toppo got the other goal.
Uttar Pradesh bounced back for a 6-0 win over hosts Gujarat who lost their second match on the trot, albeit by a respectable margin. The winners took the lead in the first minute through Yogita Bora and Hina Bano later added a brace, with all the goals coming from open play.
In a Group B game, Karnataka came from behind to tie with Jharkhand 3-3.
Late on Sunday night, Tamil Nadu’s 21-year-old Arockiya Alish upstaged the fancied Punam Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) and Harjinder Kaur (Punjab) to win the Women’s 76kg class weightlifting gold. Arockiya Alish lifted a total of 206kg. Punam Yadav and Harjinder Kaur, National Champions in 76kg class and 71kg class, respectively, took the silver and bronze respectively.
Women’s 3m Springboard: 1. Hrutika Shriram (Maharashtra) 179.15 points; 2. Palak Sharma (Madhya Pradesh) 176.65; 3. Esha Waghmode (Maharashtra) 169.50.
10000m: 1. Gulveer Singh (Services) 28:54.29 (New National Games record. Old: 29:13.50, G Lakshmanan, Thiruvananthapuram, 2015); 2. Abhishek Pal (Uttar Pradesh) 28:54.98; 3. Kartik Kumar (Services) 28:55.00.
10000m: 1. Seema (Himachal Pradesh) 33:58.40; 3. Bharti (Haryana) 34:20.82; 3. Kavita Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 35:16.97.
Mixed Team: Telangana beat Kerala 3-0 (Sumeeth Reddy and Sikki Reddy bt MR Arjun and Treesa Jolly 21-15, 14-21, 21-14; Sai Praneeth bt HS Prannoy 18-21 ,21-16, 22-20; Samiya Imad Farooqui beat TR Gowrikrishna 21-5 ,21-12).
Lightweight Double Sculls: 1. Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh (Services) 6:016.0; 2. Madhya Pradesh (Tarun Dangi and Prabhakar Rajawat) 6:21.0; 3. Haryana (Rohit Bedwal and Lakshay) 6:22.0.
Quadruple Sculls: 1. Services (Dushyant, Salman Khan, Manjeet Kumar and Sukhmeet Singh) 5:49.4; 2. Punjab 5:52.6; 3. Rajasthan 5:54.5.
Coxed Eight: 1. Services (Tejash Shinde, Yogesh Kumar, Ankit Kasanya, Ankush, Ashish Goliyan, Kulbir, Neeraj, Gurmeet Singh and Cox Dhananjay Uttam Pande) 5:32.8; 2. Madhya Pradesh 5:46.0; 3. Telangana 5:46.3.
Lightweight Double Sculls: 1. Madhya Pradesh (Vindhya Sankath and Rukmani) 7:29.8; 2. Haryana (Savita and Pooja) 7:45.9; 3. Odisha (Sonalika Das) 7:48.5.
Quadruple Sculls: 1. Madhya Pradesh (Vindhya Sankath, Poonam, Khushpreet Kaur and Rukmani) 6:40.8; 2. Haryana 6:49.5; 3. Odisha 7:17.1.
Coxed Eight: 1. Kerala (A Archa, Aleena Anto, D Davapriya, VJ Arundathi, Rose Maria Joshi, KB Varsha, PB Aswathi, VS Meenkshi and Cox, Arya D Nair) 6:35.0; 2. Odisha 6:43.1; 3. Tamil Nadu 6:46.0.
Mixed Team 10m Air Pistol: Punjab (Harnavdeep Kaur and Vijayveed Sidhu) beat Uttar Pradesh (Yuvika Tomar and Ujjwal Malik) 17-11.
Bronze medal matches: Maharashtra (Ruchita Rajendra Vinerkar and Samarth Mandlik) beat Telangana 16-4; Haryana (Rhythm Sangwan and Shiva Narwal) beat Karnataka 16-8
96kg class: 1. Sambo Lapung (Arunachal Pradesh) Snatch 148kg, Clean and Jerk 198kg (New National Record. Old: 197, Vikas Thakur, Patiala, 2022), Total 346; 2. Jagdish (Services) 144, 187, 331; 3. Parveen (Haryana) 141, 171, 312).
76kg class: 1. Arockiya Alish (Tamil Nadu) Snatch 89kg, Clean and Jerk 117kg, Total 206kg; 2. Punam Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 92, 113, 205; 3. Harjinder Kaur (Punjab) 89, 115, 204.
1000m: 1. Amitesh Mishra (Chhattisgarh) 1:35; 2. Aarya Mayur Juvekar (Maharashtra) 1:35; 3. Anandkkumar Velkumar (Tamil Nadu) 1:35.
Artistic Single Free Skating: 1. Abhijith Amal Raj (Kerala) 146.9; 2. Kunj B Chokshi (Gujarat) 106.3; 3. Kotyada Mohan Kiran Kumar (Karnataka) 104.2.
Inline Freestyle Speed Slalom: 1. Sanchot Bhandari (Uttar Pradesh) 4.58; 2. R Sarvesh (Tamil Nadu) 4.73; 3. Vishvesh Ganesh Patil (Maharashtra) 4.75.
Relay: 1. Maharashtra 4:29.00; 2. Tamil Nadu 4:32.32; 3. Karnataka 4:32.35.
Skateboarding Park: 1. Mahin Ivan Tandon (Karnataka) 28.33; 2. Shivam Balhara (Delhi) 24.89; 3. S Vineesh (Kerala) 18.89.
Skateboarding Street: 1. Chingngbam Ranju Singh (Manipur) 90; 2. Shubham Sharma (Maharashtra) 80.33; 3. Nikhil Naresh Shelatkar (Maharashtra) 73.
1000m: 1. K Aarathy (Tamil Nadu) 1:39; 2. Heeral Sadhu (Delhi) 1;39; 3. Suvarnika Radhakrishnan (Karnataka) 1:40.
Artistic Single Free Skating: 1. Riya Saboo (Telangana) 112.4; 2. Kula Sai Samhitha (Andhra Pradesh) 107.0; 3. Bhupathiraju Anmisha (Andhra Pradesh) 97.8.
Inline Freestyle – Speed Slalom: 1. Prachi Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 4.95; 2. Piyusha Tarini (Puducherry) 4.98; 3. Merlin Dhanam Arpoudam (Puducherry) 5.04..
Relay: 1. Tamil Nadu 4:46.03; 2. Karnataka 4:46.85; 3. Delhi 4:54.57.
Skateboarding Park: 1. Vidya Das (Kerala) 25.78; 2. P Kamali (Tamil Nadu) 12.22; 3. Aadya Aditi (Delhi) 11.22.
Skateboarding Street: 1. Shraddha Ravindra Gaikwad (Maharashtra) 61; 2. Urmila Jitendra Pabale (Maharashtra) 59.33; 3. Meera Gautam (Delhi) 53.
Artistic Skating Couple Dance: 1. Maharashtra; 2. Tamil Nadu; 3. Telangana.
Slalom Pair Inline Freestyle Skating: 1. Maharashtra; 2. Maharashtra; 3. Puduchery.
Recurve (Semifinals): Atanu Das (West Bengal) beat Tarundeep Rai (Services) 6-0; Gurucharan Besra (Services) beat GauravTrambak Lambe 7-1.
Compound (Semifinals): Ojas Pravin Detale (Maharashtra) beat Umesh Singh (Uttarakhand) 147-144; Rishabh Yadav (Haryana) beat Gurivinder Singh (Punjab) 147-143.
Indian (Semifinals): Goldi Mishra (Jharkhand) beat Anuj (Rajasthan) 6-4; Azadveer Singh (Punjab) beat Suresh Kumar Gurung (Services) 6-5.
Recurve (Semifinals): Anshika Kumari Singh (Jharkhand) beat Simranjeet Kaur (Punjab) 6-4; Sangeeta (Haryana) beat Avani (Haryana) 6-0.
Compound (Semifinals): Aditi Gopichand Swami (Maharashtra) beat Parneet Kaur (Punjab) 147-143; Pragati (Delhi) beat Sakshi Chauhdary (Uttar Pradesh) 148-147.
Indian (Semifinals): Okram Naobi Chanu (Manipur) beat Pooja Kumari (Bihar) 6-5; Rathva Amita Ganapatbhai (Gujarat) beat Laiphrakpam Rojina Devi (Manipur) 6-4.