Panaji, November 8 (Language) The Services Sports Promotion Board (SSCB) put pressure on Maharashtra, which is topping the medal table, by winning a total of 10 gold medals here on Wednesday, a day before the conclusion of the 37th National Games.
Hosts Goa and Kerala also performed brilliantly on Wednesday and made a huge jump in the medal tally by winning 13 and 8 gold medals respectively.
Services won five gold and one silver medals in boxing. Apart from this, he took his number of gold medals to 65 by winning two gold medals in sailing and one medal each in men’s football, handball and kabaddi.
Maharashtra continues to top the list with 75 gold medals and is now on course to end Services’ dominance at the top since 2007. Haryana is at third place with 56 gold. Goa and Kerala have reached ninth and fifth positions respectively.
SSCB boxers topped the men’s category by winning five gold and one silver out of seven weight categories, while Haryana won three gold medals out of six weight categories, including world champion Sweety Boora’s gold. Two-time world youth champion Sakshi Choudhary, representing Goa, registered an impressive win in the light flyweight category.
Haryana won the gold medal in men’s hockey by defeating Karnataka 5-3, while in the women’s category, Madhya Pradesh won the gold medal by defeating Rani Rampal-led Haryana in a shootout. Uttar Pradesh won the bronze medal by defeating Maharashtra in the men’s category while Jharkhand won the bronze medal by defeating Punjab by one goal in the women’s category.
In football, Services won the gold medal by defeating Manipur 3-1. Earlier, Kerala won the bronze medal by defeating Punjab in the shootout after both the teams remained in a goalless draw till the stipulated time.
In shooting, Narmada Nitin Raju and Shri Karthik Sabari of Tamil Nadu won the gold medal in the 10 meter air rifle mixed team event. The pair defeated Ayushi Gupta and Pratham Bhadana of Uttar Pradesh in the gold medal round. Gautami Bhanot and Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar of Madhya Pradesh won the bronze medal by defeating Tilottama Sen and Darius Sourastri of Karnataka.
In Kabaddi, Haryana had to face defeat in both men’s and women’s categories. In the women’s category, Himachal Pradesh defeated Haryana 32-23, while in the men’s category its team had to be content with the silver medal after losing to SSCB 34-25.