At the 36th National Games, Services lead the medals table with 68 medals including 32 gold, 18 silver, and 18 bronze, followed by Haryana with 58 medals including 23 gold, 20 silver, and 15 bronze. Maharashtra is in third place with 14 gold medals, 15 silver, and 31 bronze.
Punjab storms into women’s hockey semifinals
Punjab women stormed into the semifinals in the 36th National Games hockey event at the Dhyanchand Hockey stadium here on Friday.
Punjab routed Gujarat 24-0 in a lopsided quarterfinal match. The floodgates opened in the second minute when Annu scored a field goal. Annu went on to score four more goals while Rajwinder Kaur helped herself to six goals.
Defending champion Haryana crushed Karnataka 6-0 to enter the semifinals. The Karnataka goalkeeper G.R. Shravya’s heroics under the bar prevented carnage as the star-studded Haryana side ran its opponents ragged. Rani and Neha scored a brace each for Haryana.
Madhya Pradesh came back from behind to beat Odisha 4-2 and enter the semifinals. The national champion Odisha failed to combine as a unit and made defensive errors. Madhya Pradesh outplayed Odisha by showing better cohesion and sharpness in its attacks. After falling behind in the sixth minute, Odisha drew level two minutes later. Odisha conceded a spate of penalty corners in the match and Madhya Pradesh scored thrice off the penalty corner drills. Neeraj Rani, the penalty corner specialist, scored a brace.
Vivaan Kapoor claims men’s trap gold; Neeru wins women’s event
Vivaan Kapoor overcame a technical issue in his shooting to claim the men’s trap gold medal from the shotgun shooting arena of the National Games here on Friday.
The 20-year-old Vivaan, representing Rajasthan, defeated Punjab’s Zoravar Singh Sandhu 31-26 to win the title.
“It’s a big boost to my confidence. I am a perfectionist. I missed a few targets, so I just needed a few tweaks. My coach (Khaled Al Mudaf) came for one day to see my shooting and gave me a technical point (where to put my gun before shooting) and fixed that,” said Vivaan, a World championships silver medallist.
“It is a difficult medal to achieve. I am really satisfied (with my performance). You trust yourself more (because of the good result). Next time I have this problem, I know what to do” said vivaan.
Services shooter Balabhadra Tarasiya got the bronze.
Bhowneesh Mendiratta, the only Indian shooter who has won an Olympic quota place for the 2024 Paris Games, was placed fourth.
In the women’s trap, Madhya Pradesh’s Neeru got the better of Uttar Pradesh’s Sabeera Haris 26-24 to secure the gold.
Cabrera, who won a shoot-off in the semifinals 4-3 against Manisha Keer after being tied on 19, went on to take the silver.
Services Seema Tomar claimed the bronze medal.