Shooters Ramita and Arshdeep Singh extended Haryana’s lead at the top of the medal tally at the 36th National Games by defeating the more fancied Madhya Pradesh duo of Shreya Agarwal and Aishawary Pratap Singh Tomar 17-9 in the mixed team 10m air rifle final at the AM & RTA Rifle Club on Saturday.
Ramita, 18, and Arshdeep Singh, 26, made the gold medal match appear pretty one-sided. That belied expectations of a close contest after the Madhya Pradesh team had topped qualification 0.2 points ahead of Haryana. It was Haryana’s second gold in the shooting competition and helped the state’s gold medal haul touch double figures.
Mixed team 10m air rifle: Haryana (Arshdeep Singh, Ramita) beat Madhya Pradesh (Shreya Agarwal, Aishawary Pratap Singh Tomar) 17-9 in the final.
Bronze: Tamil Nadu (R Narmadha Nithin, Sri Karthik Sabari Raj) beat Punjab (Samiksha Dhingra, Arjun Babuta) 16-12 and Rajasthan (Nisha Kanwar, Divyansh Singh Panwar) beat Uttar Pradesh (Shreya Saksena, Vidit Jain) 16-8.
Uttar Pradesh climbed to the second spot on the medal chart by winning both the men and women’s 5000m races at IIT Gandhinagar through Abhishek Pal and Parul Chaudhary. Meanwhile, Services’ Subhash Lahre won gold in the men’s 67kg class weightlifting competition at Mahatma Mandir Complex.
Pal and Chaudhary…