Double Olympian Tarundeep Rai took the men's recurve gold at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Monday to break his jinx in the National Games archery individual event.
Rai pulled off a thrilling 10-9 over SSCB teammate Gurcharan Besra in the final. The two were tied 5-5 after five sets. They had earlied helped SSCB land a bronze in the recurve team championship, which was won by Uttar Pradesh.
Pooja Chaurushi of Gujarat and Minachandra of SSCB won both individual and team gold medals in Triathlon at Trivendrum today as four events were completed in the morning hours, individual and team events for both men and women.
In the women’s event, as expected Pooja Chaurushi of Gujarat won gold clocking a time of 2:20.04 followed by Linthoingambi and Ch Rani Devi of Manipur, who finished in 2:24.39 and 2:28.38 respectively. Chaurushi also contributed to the win of her team Gujarat gold, teaming up with Pallavi Retiwala and Pragnya Mohan.
Women athletes again made Kerala proud on Monday as two fencers and O.P. Jaisha came good to lift Kerala's overall gold medal tally to 19. The two golds in fencing were not entirely expected, while many would have thought the gold in 5000m would come from Preeja Sreedharan and not Jaisha.
R Bhavani Devi won Kerala's first gold of the day was in the individual sabre event at the CIAL centre in Cochin. Bhavani beat Punjab's Komalpreet Shukla 15-6 to earn the yellow metal.
Hosts Kerala will hit the track and field arena at the University Stadium from Monday with 90 athletes, 44 women and 46 men, knowing fully well that only a sterling performance can propel Kerala into the top three of the Games medal table.
The State had bagged 27 medals from athletics in the last edition of the Games held in Ranchi, including nine gold, ten silver and eight bronze. This time the target is 40, according to Kerala's Chef-de-mission and former international swimmer Wilson Cherian.
Kerala lost 0-3 to Manipur in the football women's semi final at Trichur today and will have to overcome Haryana to get the bronze medal on Tuesday morning. Manipur will face off against holders Odisha in the final later that evening. Odisha had also won their semi against Haryana by the same scoreline.
It's Mizoram versus Punjab in the men's final tomorrow at Calicut, starting 3.30pm. Earlier in the day, at 7.30am, Goa will take on Maharashtra in the bronze play-off.
The top seeds in both tennis singles competitions won through in straight sets in the finals on the concluding day of the sport at Ramanthan Plaza Tennis Courts in Trivandrum. In the Men’s singles finals, which was an intra-state affair between two Tamilnadu players, Ramkumar Ramnathan, aged 20 and ranked 284 in the world, beat Sriram Balaji in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to win gold.
The capital city would witness the sport of Triathlon for the first time in its history. As the name suggests, it is a combination of three different disciplines namely, athletics, swimming and cycling. While the organisers are making last minute preparations for a sport that does not need a stadium, several leading triathletes of the country have already reached Trivandrum for the Games.
Services SCB amassed 4 more gold for a cumulative total of 42, well ahead of both Maharashtra and Haryana who were having their own contest for the 2nd place with 26 gold each, 10 more than Kerala’s 16, at the half-way mark of the Games. SSCB had won 70 gold in all at the previous edition.
Maharashtra, however, appear well set to win the most number of total medals, thanks to the large number of silver and bronze it has picked up, mainly at the pool.
Kerala may not have expected half a century of medals in the first leg of the Games. The hosts have won medals where they were least expected.
Two golds each in shooting and women’s beach volleyball were the first ever medals for the State in those sports. And, Sajan Prakash’s treasure hunt in the swimming pool comes in the wake of the blank Kerala drew in swimming events at the 2011 Games.