V. Rajani of Kerala won Kerala's 15th gold in the National Games by emerging as the winner in the 72 KM Road Mass start event this morning.
Himarani of Haryana won silver and Anjita T.P of Kerala bagged the bronze.
134 athletes representing ten States are taking part in the cycling competitions. Cycling offers a total of 60 medals in gold, silver and bronze from 20 events which include 16 individual and 4 team events.
The tiny State of Tripura has won just five medals so far, all of them gold, and all of them won by one individual. Commonwealth Games bronze medallist gymnast Dipa Karmakar has taken the Gymnastics arena by storm, excelling with a haul of five gold medals in all the five events she has participated, a unique achievement.
Karmakar, the first Indian woman gymnast to fetch a Commonwealth Games medal, was way ahead of competition as she clinched gold in individual all-round, table vault, balancing beam, uneven parallel bars and floor exercises.
Tamil Nadu, who won the men’s team title in Table Tennis two days ago, triumphed in both individul singles competitions.
Amalraj Antony beat Harmeet Desai of Gujarat to lift the men’s singles title, while Shamini Kumaresan downed Ankita Das of West Bengal after a titanic struggle in the women’s final 7-11, 6-11, 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6. Earlier Shamini had beaten Mouma Das of West Bengal in the semi-finals and Ankita Das got the better of Madhurika Patkar of Maharashtra.
Gloom descended on much of Kerala’s sporting fraternity as the home team failed to reach the knock-out round of the men’s football competition despite winning their first two games, when they lost 0-2 to Goa in its final group match today and went out on goal difference.
Haryana continued to rule the wrestling pit to take home 5 out of 6 gold medals at stake on Wednesday and reach a tally of 21 Gold, 18 of which are from wrestling. Matching the gold quest was Services, also with 21 Gold, 9 of which are from Shooting and 5 in Rowing. In 3rd place is Maharashtra, 14 gold inclusive of 9 from Aquatics, 3 in Shooting and 2 in Table tennis.
Kerala narrowly held on to its 4th place, but won only one swimming gold, through Sajan Prakash, during the day. Close on its heels, also with 7 Gold, are Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.