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India continues to shine at South Asian Games

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There was no stopping the Indian juggernaut in the 12th South Asian Games with the country’s swimmers, wrestlers and weightlifters continuing their demolition of competition to fetch a bulk of the gold medals and complete a second successive day of supremacy here.

India stood heads and shoulders above competition to top the medals tally with a count of 42, which included 27 gold, 12 silver and 3 bronze medals. The second spot continued to be held by Sri Lanka with a total of 37 medals (8 gold, 17 silver, 12 bronze).

The bulk of the medals today came through the swimmers, who scooped 10 in all — including 4 gold , 5 silver and 1 bronze.

The wrestlers added 4 gold and a silver, while the weightlifters snared 3 gold medals.

The swimmers, who had fetched 3 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals yesterday, once again created a splash with Sandeep Sejwal picking his second gold of the Games.

As many as five Games record were created out of the seven events today with the Indians accounting for three of them, including Sejwal’s.

However, India suffered a reverse as well with ace swimmer Veerdhawal Khade losing the men’s 50m freestyle golf to promising Sri Lankan teenager Matthew Abeysinghe, who grabbed his third gold of the Games, the most by any swimmer so far.

Abeysinghe won in a Games Record time of of 23:33 to emerge as the fastest swimmer of Games, eclipsing Khade’s 2010 Dhaka edition mark of 23.75 secs. Khade also bettered his own Dhaka mark with an effort of 23.54 secs but had to be content with the silver.

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