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Thursday, September 30, 1999
KATHMANDU : India's G.G. Promila jumps 6.37 meters in the women's long jump event to take home a gold medal on Wednesday in Dasarath Stadium in Katmandu during the South Asian Games. AP/PTI
Haryana, Orissa eves in final
Winning series main goal: McMillan
HC declines relief on PCA plea
Bharti gets telecast rights
Jalandhar win handball titles
Indian athletes bag 7 gold
KATHMANDU, Sept 29 (PTI) Sunita Rani climaxed her dream performance with another gold-winning effort as India bagged seven of the nine gold medals on offer while seven Games records tumbled on the concluding day of the 8th SAF Games athletic competitions here today.
Sunita Rani, who set the track ablaze by claiming two gold medals with record-breaking timing in the womens 10000 metre and 1500m events yesterday, picked up her third gold winning the gruelling 5000m and set another new record to end the competitions on a high note.
The Indian athletes, barring a disappointing second day, regained their status by pocketing seven of the nine gold medals at stake on the final day of the athletic meet, which proved very productive for the Indian contingent.
Jagdish Kumar (javelin throw), G.G. Pramila (long jump), K. Shankar (10000m), womens 4x100 and 4x400, and mens 4x100 relay teams brought the yellow metal for the country to take Indias gold medal haul to 22, one more than what they earned in the last edition in Chennai.
The Sri Lankans, who were expected to do well in the sprints, and the Pakistanis were the other gold winners in athletics which saw a total of 18 records fall by the wayside.
Sri Lankan express Damayanti Darsha, who also left a major impact in the competitions with three new SAF Games records, failed to end her dream run with a gold as the Lankan relay team had to be content with the silver after an exciting race.
Indias ace long distance runner K. Shankar also picked up his second gold by taking the honours in the mens 10000m run with a timing of 30 mins 3.55 secs in a closely contested race with Sri Lankas A.I. Cooray finishing second but made a valiant effort to overtake the Indian in the home stretch.
It was a day of records to be re-written as Jagdish Kumar set a new Games mark in the mens javelin throw with an effort of 78.01 metres while G.G. Pramila also stole the limelight by setting a new Games record in womens long jump with a leap of 6.37 metre, eclipsing the previous mark of Pakistans Shabana Akhtar (6.31m) established in the last SAF Games.
The Indians also fared well in the relays grabbing three golds but missed out in the mens 4x400m in which the Lankan quart outraced the Indians in a very tight finish though they had the lead till the last 40 metres.
The Indian mens 4x100m quatret comprising C Thirugnandurai, Vikram Singh, Anand Menezes and Anil Kumar won the coveted gold in the event quite easily with a timing of 40.33 sec, though well below the existing SAF Games record.
The womens 4x400 team of Jayalakshmi, Vinita Tripathi, Jincy Philip and K.M. Beenamol, again got the better of the Lankans to finish with a record breaking timing of 3 mins 32.35 secs, again spoiling Darshas chance of securing a fourth gold medal in the current games.
The Indian team eclipsed the previous record of 4:36.22 set by their compatriots in the last SAF Games.
Sunita Rani and Darsha
clearly emerged as the star performers from the four-day
competitions, both taking home three gold medals each
with record-breaking performances in all the three
individual events they took part.
Abhinav, Chetan, Jaspreet win gold
KATHMANDU, Sept 29 (UNI) Samresh Jung and Chetan Narendra Deshmukh won gold medals in their respective events as Indian shooters had mixed luck winning four of the eight gold medals up for grabs in the eighth SAF Games here today.
Samresh Jung defeated Rashid Idress of Pakistan to claim the individual gold in the mens free pistol event with a total of 633.8 points, the Indian team comprising Jung, Subhash Rana and Satendra Kumar, also won the team championship gold with a total of 1573 points.
Exhibiting better skills, Deshmukh pocketed the individual gold in the mens air rifle event with a total of 688.7 points. The Indian team of Deshmukh, Jaspreet Singh Dhaliwal and Abhinav Bindra expectedly took the team event gold with 1745 points.
Bangladesh spoiled the Indian party winning the womens sport rifle-prone event gold while Sri Lankas Pushmali Ramanayake won the individual gold with 578 points.
Mens: free pistol:
Team: India (Samresh Jung, Subhash Rana, Satendra Kumar) 1573 pts, Sri Lanka 1547, Pakistan 1540 pts.
Individual: Samresh Jung (Ind) 633.8, Rashid Idrees (Pak) 622.1, G.M. Chandana (SL) 613.1.
Team: India (Chetan Deshmukh, Jaspreet Singh, Abhinav Bindra) 1745
Bangladesh 1725, Nepal 1695,
Individual: Chetan Deshmukh (Ind) 688.7, Abhinav Bindra (Ind) 685.1, Md Feroz Hossen (Ban) 684.5.
Team: Bangladesh 1716, India (Kuheli Gangulee, Anjali Ved Pathak, Suma Dixit) 1715, Sri Lanka 1714.
Individual: Pushmali Ramanayake (SL) 578, Sultana Subrina (Ban) 576, Anjali Ved Pathak (Ind) 576.
Team: Sri Lanka 1607, India (Sonia Rana, Sushma Rana, Shilpi Singh) 1591, Maldives 1483.
Nisha wins her sixth gold
KATHMANDU, Sept 29 (UNI) Veteran Sebastian Xavier emerged as the fastest swimmer and Nisha Millet won her sixth gold as India continued to hold sway bagging four of the five gold medals in the swimming events of the eighth SAF Games here today.
Nisha Millet set the trend winning her record sixth gold of the meet establishing a new record in the womens 200 back stroke. Leading from start of finish Nisha clocked 2 min 31.96 secs sinking the eight-year-old record of 2:32.49 set by Dipika Chanmugham of Sri Lanka in 1991. Radheesha Daluwatte (Sri Lanka) finished far behind the Indian to win the silver clocking 2:51.06.
In the mens section it was a below par performance, despite Sebastian Xavier, as expected, emerging as the fast swimmer of the meet winning his pet 50 m free style event with a time of 24.53 secs. His performance was far below his best of 23.83 which he achieved in 1995 edition in Chennai, where he bettered his previous best of 23.95. Elvis Ali Hazarika won the silver clocking 24.96 and Monirul Islam of Bangladesh, the bronze.
Mens: 50 m freestyle: 1 Sebastian Xavier (Ind) 24.53 secs, 2 Elvis Hazarika (Ind) 24.96, 3 Monirul Islam (BD) 25.24.
100 m butterfly: 1 Kamal Masud (Pak) 59.02 secs, 2 Conrad Anthony Francis (SL) 59.28, 3 Elvis Hazarika (Ind) 59.46.
4x100 medley relay: India (Sujith, Senthil Kumar, Deepak Singh, Elvis Hazarika) 4min 04.47 secs, 2 Sri Lanka 4:12.55, 3 Bangladesh 4:15.42.
Women: 200 m butterfly: 1 Richa Mishra (Ind) 2 min 34.94 secs, 2 Natasha Harshini (SL) 3:03.09, 3 Sobura Khaton (BD) 3:17.57.
Indian paddlers enter finals
KATHMANDU, Sept 29 (PTI) The strong Indian paddlers kept themselves on course for winning both the mens and womens team championship gold medals by getting past their semifinal opponents with ease in the 8th SAF Games table tennis championships here today.
The mens team thrashed Bangladesh 3-0 to set up a title clash with Pakistan while the womens team also carved out a facile 3-0 win against hosts Nepal in another one-sided contest.
The womens team will also clash with Pakistan who got the better of Sri Lanka with a 3-1 verdict.
S. Raman gave the perfect start to their semifinal match against Bangladesh whipping Al-Mahbub Kahndoker 21-12, 2-11 but Chetan Baboor, who seems to be struggling a bit here, had to work hard to suppress Mosaddequl Huq with a 21-17, 17-21, 21-17 scoreline.
Leading by a 2-0 margin, Arjun Dutta overcame early hiccups to tame Al-Mostafa Kahndoker 21-15, 21-11 to give India a clean 3-0 victory and keep themselves on course for a gold medal like the last SAF Games in Chennai.
In the womens team event, N.R. Indu spanked Nepals Geeta Thapa 21-9, 21-7 to give India the lead while Poulami Ghatak had very little to sweat as she made short work of Sandhya Shakya 21-7, 21-7 to give the defending champions a 2-0 lead.
Playing the last match, Anindita Chakraborty found her touch midway through the first game and defeated Basukala Muna 21-18, 21-10.
Relay team disqualified
KATHMANDU, Sept 29 (PTI) The disqualification of both the mens and womens relay teams in successive days has spoiled Indias party at the BIS Complex swimming pool where they were hoping to sweep most of the gold medals on offer.
After the mens 4x200m freestyle relay team was disqualified yesterday after one of the swimmers had jumped into the pool early, the womens 4x100m medley quartet comprising Reshma Millet, Sumy Cyriac, Richa Mishra and Chitra Krishna finished the race leaving their opponent well behind only to be informed much later that they had been disqualified.
Gurcharan keeps hopes alive
KATHMANDU, Sept 29 (UNI) In a stunning upset, Dalvir Singh of India was defeated by Anuraddha Band Ratnayake of Sri Lanka in the flyweight semifinals in the boxing events of the eighth SAF Games here tonight.
Dalvir Singh just failed to live up to his reputation and lost 4-12 badly to his Lankan rival, who will meet Pakistans Hyder Ali in the final. Ali defeated Indra Bahadur of Nepal 7-2 on points to make it to the title round.
In light flyweight, Gurcharan Singh kept Indian hopes alive with a quick demolition of Sheikh Md Alauddin who succumbed to the barrage of punches from the famed Indian rival. The contest had just begun before the referee stopped the contest in the very first round.
Sanjit Singh of India had an easy 13-1 win over Singye of Sri Lanka in the light welterweight semifinals. He would meet Naseer Ahmed of Pakistan in the finals. The latter accounted for Krishantha Antony of Sri Lanka 8-7.
Wlifters continue winning streak
KATHMANDU, Sept 29 (UNI) Indian lifters continued their winning streak, with Paramjit Sharma and Umesh Singh winning the 85 kg and 94 kg gold medals in the weightlifting events of the eighth SAF Games here today.
While Paramjit won the gold with a total lift of 315 kg (140 kg in snatch and 175 kg in jerk), Umesh bagged the 94 kg gold with a total of 315 kg (snatch 140 kg and jerk 175 kg).
85 kg: Paramjit Sharma (Ind) (snatch 140+jerk 175 total 315 kg), Aslam Hassan (Pak) 135+165-300 kg Ranjith Kumar (SL) 115+147.5 = 262.5 kg.
Bhardwaj helps India enter final
NAIROBI, Sept 29 (PTI) India notched up a comprehensive 58-run verdict against hosts Kenya to register their second straight league victory and storm into the final of the four-nation LG Cup cricket tournament with a match to spare.
On a bowler friendly pitch, India were restricted to 220 for seven in 50 overs after being inducted but struck back to bundle out Kenya for 162 in exactly 50 overs.
After losing Kennedy Otieno off the first ball, the Kenyans never settled down to make a match of the 221-run victory target and dished out a pedesterian batting performance.
Indian innings was fashioned by newcomer Vijay Bhardwaj and skipper Ajay Jadejas brisk 55-run partnership for the fifth wicket in the death overs that salvaged the visitors from the brink of debacle and took them to a respectable 220 in their stipulated 50 overs.
Bhardwaj, who scored 41 unbeaten runs from just 30 balls, picked up three wickets for 43 runs and won his first Man-of-the-Match award in only the second game of his career.
It was a very good innings, he came in at a difficult situation and batted sensibly. He gave me a lot of comfort and of course helped us to a good total, said skipper Ajay Jadeja after the match.
Venkatesh Prasad (3/26), Debashish Mohanty (2/25) and Nikhil Chopra (2/18) were the successful bowlers for India.
Prasad had Kennedy Otieno caught behind of his very first ball while Mohanty sent back Steven Tikolo with his third delivery when Kenyas most accomplished batsman gave a straight forward catch to Chopra at mid-on.
Kenya lost one more wicket ten runs later when Maurice Odumbe (5) was caught behind off Prasad. The Kenyan skipper was clearly unhappy when umpire Athar Zaidi lifted his finger after much deliberation as keeper M.S.K. Prasad seemed to have dropped the ball without completing the catch.
Ravindu Shah, like on Saturday, was shaping well and it looked as though the tall right-hander alongwith Alpesh Vadher, would stem the rot.
The two scored briskly, but just when it appeared the partnership would make a match of the target, Shah left with the score reading 42. The 27-year-old gave straight forward catch to Sunil Joshi at gully while attempting to cut Mohanty. Shah had hit Prasad for two fours on the trot in the earlier over and made 26 from 28 balls.
Vadher and left-hander Hitesh Modi then batted dourly and scored just 24 runs from 13 overs as the moderate crowd began the trudge back home with the match becoming a no-contest.
Modis 33-ball listless stay at the wicket came to an end in the 23rd over when he charged out to Chopra in desperation only to be stumped by Prasad. Modi made only ten and departed with the team score reading 66.
Vadher, brought back into the side to bolster the batting, made 18 from 65 balls and hardly made an impression. He was Bhardwajs first victim when the offie latched on to a firm drive on his follow through.
Then came a brief entertaining phase in the Kenyan knock when Tony Suji and Thomas Odoyo put together 57 runs for the seventh wicket. Odoyo, though not as attacking as his reputation goes, made 33 that included three fours and the biggest six of the match.
Haryana, Orissa eves in final
MUMBAI, Sept 29 (UNI) Holders Haryana and Orissa today whipped Karnataka 3-0 and Chandigarh 4-1, respectively, to enter the finals of the BOB National Junior Women Hockey Championship here tomorrow at the Mahindra Stadium.
Haryana slammed three goals after a barren half and in contrast Orissa took a flying start with a goal in second minute after hitting the post in the very first minute.
Haryana had some frustrating moments in the first 35 minutes during which a goal scored by Davinder Kaur was pulled back. Umpire Radha Sukumar had first whistled for goal which led to a dispute and the game was stopped in the 20th minute but on consultation it was ruled that the shot was taken from outside the circle.
In the eighth minute of the second half Rekha Bari, who a minute ago had missed a sitter, deflected a shot into the goal. There was a lull and in the 56th minute Simranjeet Kaur danced around goalie S. Nilan to push home for the second goal. Then few minutes before the end Balwinder deflected another push from the circle for the third goal.
Orissas first goal was the end result of a melee near the goalmouth during which Anna Rita grasped the stray ball. Chandigarh would have still been in the game but for the two self goals their nervous defenders let in.
Chandigarh defender Pooja could not control a reverse stop properly and the ball trickled in for the second goal.
The northern outfits main star Jyoti Bali latched on to a pass in the third minute of the second half to make the score 1-2 but they again dropped behind when Anu fiddled the ball into her own goal in the 56th minute.
Winning series main goal: McMillan
MUMBAI, Sept 29 (UNI) New Zealands most consistent batsman Craig McMillan said that his teams main goal of the series is to win the Test series.
The 23-year old Craig McMillan has an average of 46-odd runs per innings in 15 Tests so far. His average is the highest among the present bunch of New Zealand players.
McMillan was the man who had sent a taunting kiss to Sachin Tendulkar when India had toured New Zealand earlier this year. He had also tried verbal tricks on the Indian maestro before trying to bounce him off in a test at basin reserve on the same tour.
When asked about that, McMillan said, I am very competitive and I like doing well. I like to try and beat the best. Tendulkar is the best and I tried to take him on and try to put him off his game in Wellington.
When asked about Tendulkars reaction to this, McMillan replied: He was pretty good natured. We had a bit of a laugh at the end of the game. He came on to bowl a couple of bouncers back at me and glared. It was good fun.
Whether he will continue his same strategy here, McMillan replied that he does not know. The wickets here are slow thus I wont be able to bowl as quick as I did. I tried to bounce Tendulkar back home, over here I will have to try a few more tricks, he said.
The conversation will not necessarily go on. It depends upon the situation. Sometimes I have to fire myself up. So I would not be talking. Instead I will concentrate on my own game. You will have to wait and see.
On his recent batting form, McMillan admitted that he has been disappointed with his World Cup performance. The ball was doing a lot and most of the international top orders suffered. But I got a hundred in our victorious Test series in England.
On his aim in India, he said, I want to score a lot of runs over here. The wickets are on the slower side in India. We do not have too many wickets like this at home. It takes time to adjust. But it can work to your advantage if you are patient.
More consistency needed
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 (PTI) Chief national hockey coach Vasudevan Baskaran today said bad patches of play, penalty corner routines that were too slow and injuries to key players offset the otherwise good work done by the team and pushed it to the bottom in the just-ended double leg four nation hockey tournament in Australia.
There were some bad patches. and also some very good ones. We were conceding goals in the last minutes which is worrying and we have to work hard on that, the Olympian said on the Indian teams return after finishing last in the twin led event in Canberra and Sydney that ended on September 26.
Analysing the performance, the coach said considering the fact that several newcomers were part of the side in the crucial build-up event where hosts Australia, South Korea and Canada finished in that order ahead of India, things can only improve.
Fitness level of the boys was very good and the defence of penalty corners, especially execution of plan as a team, has improved a lot and inter-changing in the frontline is also working smoothly. But our penalty corner routines were very slow and we let in silly goals which we have to avoid, he said.
India had a disastrous first leg where they lost 1-6 to South Korea and then went down 1-2 and 1-3 to Canada and Australia, but did much better under the warmer weather of Sydney where they beat Canada 3-2, lost 3-5 to the hosts and drew goal-less against Korea before going down 3-5 to Canada in the classification match for the third and fourth place.
Baskaran said despite the poor end results, the players did match their opponents in speed. The pace of play has gone up a lot even from what it was in last years Utrecht World Cup. The boys did keep pace, but we have to become even more consistent in this area, he said.
Admitting that the 1-6 loss to Korea under pouring rain in Canberra and the 3-5 defeat to Australia in the second leg were due to bad play, he said the second leg performance was much better.
Barring these two matches, goalkeepers Edward Aloysious and Jude Menezes also did fairly well, he said.
Injuries to right half
Baljit Saini, who suffered a hairline fracture in his
left thumb in the opening tie against Canada at Sydney, a
back muscle strain to forward Baljit Singh Dhillon after
he slipped on the turf and toe injury to young forward
Deepak Thakur did affect the team.
SRC derail Central Railway
CHANDIGARH, Sept 29 Sikh Regimental Centre, Ramgarh, kept alive the Services challenge by derailing Central Railway, Mumbai, 3-2, to set up a quarterfinal clash with Border Security Force in the 29th All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here today.
Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and Air-India Academy also brightened their chances of making the last eight grade with hard-earned victories over All-India Customs and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. While PSEB ended the winning streak of Customs 4-2 via the tie-breaker after the two teams were locked goalless at the end of regulation time, Air-India Academy edged out 1996 champions Rail Coach Factory by a narrow 2-1 margin. Four teams, namely Border Security Force, defending champions Punjab and Sind Bank, Air-India and Punjab Police, have already been seeded directly into the quarterfinals.
It was indeed a brilliant team-effort by the Army outfit which paved their way into the quarterfinals of the premier grade A tournament. What one witnessed today was a completely transformed SRC side which, despite odds, edged out a determined Central Railway, playing with as many as three internationals in their ranks. Although the proceedings for SRC commenced on an ominous note with left back Satnam Singh (junior) being given marching orders by umpire Satinder Sharma following a rough tackle, and Lalit Indwar being booked for a similar offence shortly thereafter, the Army men did not lose heart. They attacked the rival citadel with all the resources at their command although luck did not seem to favour them. This was amply clear when centre-forward Rajpal Singh missed a penalty stroke which was awarded by umpire Dharamvir Singh when a rival defender stopped the ball with his foot following a penalty corner in the 22nd minute.
However, despite a series of close misses, SRC finally opened their account a minute before lemon time when outside-left Palwinder Singh in a brave effort found the target while just managing to keep his balance inside the D. This was preceded by M. Minzs noteworthy attempt, who saw his hit being saved by Central Railway defender Rajendra Yadav on the goal-line with the goalkeeper out of charge.
On changing ends, Central Railway regrouped to restore parity which they did in the 40th minute when Gidian Gladins hit saw the ball landing in the net after striking the goalkeepers pads.
In the 52nd minute Shamim Baig consolidated the lead for Central Railway when he provided the finishing touches to a well-directed hit by international S. Kandekar to make it 2-1.
But SRC were not the ones to give up. A penalty corner award in the very next minute saw Satnam Singh (junior) taking a powerful hit which beat the Central Railway custodian hands down.
Shortly thereafter, the railway mens citadel had another narrow escape when S.S. Gill, M. Minz and Palwinder Singh were involved in a slight misunderstanding and hence saw the chance being wasted.
With hardly three minutes to go for the long whistle, SRC clinched the issue when Minz aimed a powerful hit inside the D and Harjit Singh directed the ball in sending a wave of joy in the army mens camp.
Earlier, PSEB edged out a fighting Customs 4-2 via the tie-breaker after the two teams failed to score in the stipulated period. The scorers for PSEB were Gurmeet, Kuljit Singh, Jasbir Singh, and Gurnand Singh. For Customs only Bopana and skipper Rahul were successful with their strokes.
Air-India Academy also kept alive their hopes of further progress with a narrow 2-1 win over RCF, Kapurthala. After a barren first half, Air-India Academy were the first to forge ahead in the 52nd minute when Mohammed Fahad scored a field goal.
RCF were quick to equalise through Mariunus Ekka who restored parity through a field goal in the 65th minute.
With only two minutes to go for the final whistle, Shakir Khan sealed the fate of RCF making it 2-1 in favour of Air-India Academy.
RCF earned as many as five penalty corners which all went waste while Air-India Academy could force only one which also failed to achieve the desired result.
HC declines relief on PCA plea
MUMBAI, Sept 29 (PTI) Mumbai High Court today declined to grant ad-interim reliefs in a suit filed by Punjab Cricket Association urging restraint on the cricket board from conducting its affairs or functions in any manner.
Justice Ajit Shah, after hearing the parties, adjourned the matter to October 26 next.
PCA also urged the court to restrain the newly-elected board President A.C. Muthiah and his colleagues from discharging their functions. Besides, PCA questioned the boards move to award contract to Doordarshan for telecast rights of inter-national matches to be played in India in the next five years.
Counsel for the defendants, Iqbal Chagla and Goolam Vahanvati, pointed out that Inderjit Singh Bindra, PCA President and board working committee member, had supported the award of the contract concerning telecast rights to DD in a meeting held on August 20 last.
However, PCA counsel V. Dhond submitted that although his client had raised the matter in the suit it was at this stage not disputing the award of contract to DD.
In view of this statement, Dhananjay Chandrachud, counsel for Prasar Bharti, said although a decision had been taken to grant telecast rights to DD, a formal contract would be entered into between the two parties in this regard and nothing would be concealed from the court.
Raj Singh Dungarpur,
former board President and one of the defendents, filed
an affidavit urging the court to dismiss the suit in
limine because the PCA had allegedly suppressed facts and
made false statements therein.
Prasar Bharti gets telecast rights
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 (UNI) Prasar Bharti today acquired rights to telecast for five years cricket matches conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under an about Rs 230 crore agreement signed between them.
Under the agreement, the Prasar Bharti will pay $ 10.5 million to the BCCI every year towards telecast rights and in turn will cover a minimum of 27 days of international cricket, including at least seven one-day internationals (ODIs), a year.
Ludhiana, Jalandhar win handball
PATIALA, Sept 29 Ludhiana defeated hosts Patiala 22-17 to clinch the title in the boys section of the Punjab State Junior Handball Championships, which concluded at Kheri Manain, near here today. In the girls section Jalandhar defeated Amritsar 12-9, to win the title.
In the boys section, Ludhiana put up an impeccable performance. In the last minutes of the match Patiala tried to put up a semblance of a fight but could not succeed. In the play-off match Sangrur outstayed Amritsar to clinch the third spot.
Parmpreet, Kuldeep best swimmers
JALANDHAR, Sept 29 (FOSR) Hans Raj Mahiala Mahavidyalaya with 66 points and Doaba College with 116 points clinched the girls and boys titles, respectively, in the Guru Nanak Dev University inter-college swimming championship which concluded at the swimming pool of State Sports School here.
In the boys section Khalsa College, Amritsar, (39) were runners-up while DAV College (15) finished third. In the girls section S.D.Women College, Pathankot, (49) and RRMK Pathankot (37) secured second and third positions, respectively.
Parmpreet of Hans Raj Mahiala Mahavidyalaya with 38 points and Kuldeep Singh of Doaba College with 51 points were declared the best swimmers in girls and boys categories, respectively, Paras Kalhan of Khalsa College, Amritsar, and Savita Randeva of RRMK, Pathankot, were the fastest swimmers in boys and girls section, respectively.
Girls: 800 mts free-style: Matinder Kaur (APJ College) 1, Parmpreet Kaur (HMV) 2, Sukhjit Kaur (HMV) 3; 200 mts free-style: Geetinder (APJ College) 1, Sukhjit Kaur (HMV) 2, Neena Devi (SD College Pathankot) 3; 200 mts individual medley: Parmpreet Kaur (HMV) 1, Harpreet (RRMK Pathankot) 2, Geetinder Kaur (APJ) 3; 100 mts butterfly: Savita 1, Harpreet Kaur 2, (both RRMK Pathankot), Geetinder (APJ) 3; 50 mts free-style: Savita 1, Harpreet Kaur 2, (both RRMK Pathankot), Parmpreet Kaur (HMV) 3; 4x100 mts free-style relay: SD College (Women) 1, Hans Raj Mahiala Mahavidyalaya 2, Khalsa College for Women 3.
Boys: 1500 mts free-style: Kuldeep Singh 1, Ragwinder Bhatia 2, (both Doaba College), Sukhchan Singh (Khalsa College, Amritsar) 3; 100 mts backstroke: Bagish Sood (Doaba College) 1, Vishal (DAV) 2, Mridul Sharma (Khalsa College Amritsar) 3; 200 mts free-style: Kuldeep Singh 1, Ragwinder Bhatia 2, (both Doaba College), Paras Khalhan (Khalsa College Amritsar) 3; 200 mts individual medley: Kuldeep Singh 1, Ragwinder Bhatia 2 (both Doaba College), Sukhchan Singh (Khalsa College Amritsar) 3; 100 mts butterfly: Kuldeep Singh 1, Ragwinder Bhatia 2 (both Doaba College), Sukhchan Singh (Khalsa College Amritsar) 3; 50 mts free-style: Paras Khalhan (Khalsa College Amritsar) 1, Mandeep (Doaba College)2, Amrit Khanna 3.
PATIALA, Sept 29 (TNS) Trials to select the Punjab state yoga teams in different age groups for the 24th National Yoga Championship beginning from October 28 to 31 will be held at the Veer Hakikat Rai Model Senior Secondary School, here, Punjab Yoga Association honorary secretary General K.C. Sood disclosed here today.
Mr Sood said heads of various institutions had been informed in this regard.
PATIALA, Sept 29 (FOSR) The 24th edition of the Gurdarshan Memorial Football Tournament will be held at Nabha, near here from October 30 to November 6, according to the president of the organising committee of the tournament.
JCT, Phagwara, Punjab
Police, BSF, RCF, Kapurthala, SRC, Ramgarh, CRPF, Neemuch
are among the 35 teams taking part. The winners will get
a cash prize of Rs 30,000 while the runners up will be
awarded Rs 17,000.
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