National Games: Shiva in pole vault, Lapung won gold with national record in weight lifting

Gandhinagar. Army pole vault player Shiva Subramaniam won the gold medal at the 36th National Games here on Monday by jumping over 5.31m, improving his own national record set four years ago. Another Army player Sambo Lapung set a new national record in men’s weightlifting 96kg category. Lapung, however, is representing Arunachal Pradesh in these games. He set a national record by lifting 198 kg in clean and jerk.

Shiva first broke the National Games record of 5.10m set by Vijay Pal Singh in 1987 by jumping 5.11m in the event held at the IIT campus here. He then jumped over 5.21 meters and then attempted a jump of 5.31 meters. He managed to overcome this hurdle after failing the first time.

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In swimming, SP Likhit put two gold medals in the bag of the army. She also topped the 4x100m medley relay after winning gold in the 200m breaststroke at the Sardar Patel Swimming Pool Complex in Rajkot. Hritika Sriram (Maharashtra) won her first gold medal of the season and her ninth overall in the National Games. She won the yellow medal in the women’s three meter springboard diving event with a score of 179.15.

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In discus throw, Punjab’s Kirpal Singh set a new record for the National Games. He broke the 25-year-old record of Shakti Singh (58.56 metres) with a distance of 59.32 metres. Army’s Gagandeep Singh and Prashant Malik won silver and bronze medals respectively in this event. In shooting, Sift Kaur Kamra of Punjab defeated Sriyanka Sarangi of Odisha to win the women’s 50m rifle 3 position crown.

In the men’s recurve semi-final in Archery, Atanu Das (West Bengal) defeated Tarundeep Rai (Army) 6-0. Atanu will take on another Army archer Gurcharan Besra in the final. In women’s hockey, former India captain Rani Rampal scored a hat-trick goal as Haryana beat Odisha 4-0 in a Group A match. In Group B, Karnataka came back from the trail and held Jharkhand to a 3-3 draw.

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