Monday, November 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India






National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S
XXXI National Games, Punjab-2001

Punjab athletes reign supreme
Ludhiana, November 25
Three national records and 14 meet records, including one by Olympian Ajay Raj Singh in 200 metres and in both the 4x400 m relays, for men and women, on the last day, were rewritten as the hosts Punjab romped home with the overall team championship in the six-day athletic events of the 31st National Games which concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

Harminder Singh of Punjab, who won the gold in javelin throw on Sunday at the 31st National Games.
— Photo by Rajesh Bhambi

GAMES DIARY
Games enter second week on promising note
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fter a week of hitches and glitches, the 31st National Games enter their second week on a promising note tomorrow. If the increased turnout in the stands at various venues is any indication, the Games are inching towards a success.

Dhindsa apologises for lapses
Ludhiana, November 25
The Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who is also the co-chairman of the organising committee of the 31st National Games, today offered apologies to athletes and officials for problems, if any, faced by them during their stay here holding short notice given to the organising committee of the National Games (OCNG) by the IOA responsible for the hitches and glitches.



Cricket

Pollock toys with Indian attack

Fleming, McMillan thwart Aussies

Murali bowls Lanka to 131-run win

Most referees ‘petty & weak’


EARLIER STORIES

 
Kerala and Tamil Nadu women in action in the volleyball final in the National Games at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana.
Kerala and Tamil Nadu women in action in the volleyball final in the National Games at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, on Sunday.
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Chandigarh's Rajpal Singh (C) tries to get past Ronald Kiran (L) of Karnataka in the 31st National Games in Jalandhar on Sunday Chandigarh lost the match 1-2.
Chandigarh's Rajpal Singh (C) tries to get past Ronald Kiran (L) of Karnataka in the 31st National Games in Jalandhar on Sunday Chandigarh lost the match 1-2.
— Photo Pandit


Brother and sister K. M. Binu and K. Beenamol, who clinched gold in the 800m and 400m events in the National Athletics Championship.
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi. 

Jaspal Rana
Jaspal Rana of Delhi aims during the 25m centre-fire pistol event in the 31st National Games at Mohali on Sunday. He won gold, scoring 585 points.
— Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Anuj Chaudhary
Anuj Chaudhary of UP, who won gold medal in 85 kg free style wrestling in the 31st National Games at Jalandhar on Saturday. He defeated Sandeep Kumar of Punjab. — PTI

Maharashtra, Services in semis
Jalandhar, November 25
Maharashtra and Services sailed into the men’s football semifinals from pool ‘A’,chalking out victories in contrasting style over Bengal and Karnataka, respectively, in the 31st National Games at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here today.

Murthi gives Punjab gold
Anandpur Sahib, November 25
Punjab won their first ever gold in the taekwondo events being held at the Guru Gobind Singh Martial Arts Academy here today. BLN Murthi of Punjab defeated Ibraham Khan of Karnataka in the feather weight class. The bronze medal went to Pawan Kumar of Haryana and Sanal Kumar Dass of West Bengal.

Harwant owes it to grandpa
Ludhiana, November 25
November 24, 2001, has become a memorable date for Harwant Kaur as “I clinched my second gold in the shot put after bagging a gold in discuss throw on the first day of the 31st National Games,” said cool and composed Harwant Kaur with all humility.

Punjab in semis; Chandigarh ousted
Jalandhar, November 25
Hosts Punjab will clash with Services while Karnataka will take on Bengal in the men’s hockey semifinals of the 31st National Games to be played at the Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here tomorrow.

TN, Punjab cagers in semis
Ludhiana, November 25
The semifinal line- up in the basketball (men) has been drawn up when current champions Tamil Nadu, in their last league engagement, drubbed Andhra Pradesh to top pool ‘A’ in the 31st National Games here today. After trailing by three points (20-23) at the end of the first quarter, the reinging champions managed to romp home at 94-81.

Rana, Raj Kumari claim gold
SAS Nagar, November 25
Jaspal Rana of Delhi shot an impressive 585/600 in his favourite 25 metre Center Fire Pistol event to give gold medal to Delhi while in 50 metre 3 position women air rifle event, it was Raj Kumari of Madhya Pradesh who secured gold medal by scoring final score of 666.1 in the 31st National Games here today. Ved Prakash and Mahavir Singh, both of the SSCB, secured silver and bronze medals respectively, in centre fire pistol with scores of 571 and 570. Anjali Ved Pathak bagged silver in this event when she shot 664.8.

Harpreet Singh, Balkar enter quarterfinals
Patiala, November 25
Defending champions Services registered wins in four bouts in contrasting styles to make the quarterfinal grade. Hosts Punjab also did not lag behind as an equal number of their pugilists also found a place in the quarterfinals.

Punjab player injured
Patiala, November 25
Two women players, one each of Punjab and Haryana, were injured, one of them seriously, while playing in a league match of the kabaddi event at the YPS Stadium here today morning.

Dalbir Singh wins gold in tent pegging
Jalandhar, November 25
Dalbir Singh of Madhya Pradesh on Dilawar won gold in the tent pegging individual event at the Punjab Armed Police grounds in the National Games here today.

Bela wins gold
Patiala
Bela Rani of Delhi had total lift of 197.5 kg to win gold medal in the 69 kg weight category in the women’s weightlifting event of the National games held at rink hall here on Sunday.


Sachin Tendulkar.Pollock toys with Indian attack
Centurion Park, November 25

India’s disastrous tour of South Africa was headed for an inglorious end as they conceded a mammoth 334-run first innings lead to the hosts after third day’s play in the third and final cricket ‘Test’ here today.

Sachin Tendulkar makes a delivery on the third day of the unofficial Test match at the Centurion cricket field in Pretoria on Sunday. — Reuters photo

Fleming, McMillan thwart Aussies
Hobart (Australia), November 25
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and Craig McMillan shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 97 on a rain-interrupted fourth day to dampen Australian hopes of victory in the second Test today.


Israel's Galit Hait and Sergei Sakhnovsky perform their free dance during the figure skating Grand Prix Cup of Russia in St. Petersburg on Sunday. Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margalio of Italy finished first ahead of Israel's Hait and Sakhnovsky and Ukrain's Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov, who were third. — Reuters


Finland's Marcus Gronholm with co-driver Timo Rautainen in a Peugeot 206 WRC drives round the Rhondda stage 15 on the final day of the Network Q Rally of Great Britain in Cardiff, Wales on Sunday. Gronholm, Peugeot's 2000 world champion, leads after completing the slippery 14th stage with a one minute and 36 second advantage over teammate Harri Rovanpera. — Reuters

Murali bowls Lanka to 131-run win
Kandy, November 25
Sri Lanka broke the “Kandy jinx” with a 131-run victory over the West Indies on an absorbing fifth and final day of the second cricket Test here today.

Most referees ‘petty & weak’
London, November 25
Even as the English media kept up its attack on Indian Cricket Board president Jagmohan Dalimya, blaming his “maveric tendencies” for the current crisis in international cricket, former England Captain Michael Atherton ridiculed the system of having match-referees and advocated more powers to the ground umpires instead.

Irina wins by nine strokes
Irina Brar
Chandigarh, November 25
The city’s lady golf icon is back again with another title. This time it is the Western India Amateur Ladies Golf Championship played at the Presidency Golf Club, Mumbai. Irina Brar retained the title despite an infected toe and an upset stomach during the competition. And to top it, she emerged the winner by a margin of nine strokes in the four-day competition that concluded on Friday.

Amritsar girls excel
Amritsar, November 25
On the concluding day of the 13th Punjab State Roller Skating Championship held here, Amritsar girls took the gold in all three categories of roller hockey.


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Punjab athletes reign supreme
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
Three national records and 14 meet records, including one by Olympian Ajay Raj Singh in 200 metres and in both the 4x400 m relays, for men and women, on the last day, were rewritten as the hosts Punjab romped home with the overall team championship in the six-day athletic events of the 31st National Games which concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

While three new meet records were set on the last day , Mumbai girl Kavita Pandya made it a memorable “sprint double” by winning 200 metres flat run for women today. And for Punjab, the last day was full of medals as their athletes ended in the top three in all events but for 1,500 metres run for men and 200 m for women.

Kavita became the fourth athlete to make a “golden double” here after Harwant Kaur (throws), Gurpreet Singh (hurdles) and Madhu Grunule (long distance running).

The athletic events, which looked uncertain at one stage following a revolt by some former international and national athletes who disrupted the state championship here, were perhaps conducted in a smooth manner. Spanning over six days, the technical conduct was without any hitches or glitches.

“We had an overwhelming response to the athletic events with as many as 50 entries. Very good competitions were witnessed throughout and there was an excellent support from the crowd,” remarked Mr Joginder Singh Saini, a former national coach, who made up for the absence of a scoreboard in the stadium with his commentary, besides making sure that the schedule was religiously followed.

All the new national records Hardeep Kaur (hammer throw) and Karamjit Kaur (pole vault) and Anju George in triple jump — came in the women’s section. Two of these were by Punjab girls.

The home team won two “doubles” - gold and silver in javelin throw and gold and bronze in 200 metres sprint for men — besides a silver in 1,500 metres for women, and a bronze each in 4x400 metres relays, both for men and women , on the last day to run up their highest ever medals tally in athletics in any of the National Games with 10 gold , 10 silver and 14 bronze medals. In the last National Games in Manipur, Punjab had a tally of seven gold, six silver and four bronze medals.

The best performance came both in javelin throw and 200 metres run for men.

Young Harminder Singh, who had three 70-metre plus throws, proved to be the ultimate winner in the javelin throw with a maximum clearance of 72.46 metres with his fifth attempt. Experienced Jagdish Vishnoi, who also had three 70-metre plus throws, ended with a silver medal by clearing 71.73 metres while Sunil Kumar of Delhi was placed third with 69.10 metres.

Ajay Raj Singh, who was beaten in 100 metres run on the second day had a sweet revenge when he beat Anil Kumar of Services to the second spot with a new meet record of 21.20 seconds against the previous record of 21.36 seconds. Vikas Prasher, also of Punjab, was third.

In the women’s section, Kavita Pandya clocked 24.01 secs to win the 200 m event while V. Pandeshwari and V. Jayalakshmi, both of Tamil Nadu, were locked in a photo finish for the second and third position thus elbowing out Punjab’s Mandeep Kaur to the fourth spot.

The men’s 1500 metres run witnessed a superb fight between T.H. Sanjeev of Kerala and Kuldeep Kumar of Tamil Nadu which the former won with a good five metre margin. In the women’s section, it was also a close finish and beaten to the finish line was Punjab’s Madhuri A. Singh by Sunita of Delhi. While Sunita clocked 4:34.31 secs, Madhuri’s timing was 4:34.42 secs. Swati Gurnule of Maharashtra was third.

The men’s 4x400 metres relay saw Kerala’s complete dominance from the start till the finish while Services and Punjab runners trailed them throughout in the same order. The Kerala quartet clipped off 0:0.31 minutes of the old meet record of 3:09.82 seconds. Punjab finished behind Services by almost five metres.

The women’s 4x400 relay saw Tamil Nadu girls causing an upset by defeating Kerala whose quartet included current national champion and record holder, K.M. Beenamol, and Juicy Philip. In the last lap though Beenamol made a desperate effort to neutralize the lead Tamil Nadu had gained at the end of the third lap, N. Tharani beat her to the post. Punjab girls were a poor third.

It may be a mere coincidence that K.M. Binu, a brother of Beenamol, who ran 4x400 m relay for men, got a gold while his much fancied sister, got a silver thus depriving brother and sister of a gold medal each in the same event of the same National Games.
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GAMES DIARY
Games enter second week on promising note
Prabhjot Singh

After a week of hitches and glitches, the 31st National Games enter their second week on a promising note tomorrow. If the increased turnout in the stands at various venues is any indication, the Games are inching towards a success.

So much so that even officials, including bureaucrats, who had been evasive for most of the time in the first week, can be seen at one venue or the other. The return of the Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, to Ludhiana today may have its own impact.

Mr Dhindsa is not only the co-chairman of the organising committee of the National Games but also the President of the Punjab Olympic Association, the apex body that controls sports in the state.

Though sports has its own politics, yet it cuts across all political affiliations when it comes to managing sports associations. Though Mr Dhindsa and Mr Umrao Singh may be sworn political enemies belonging to opposition parties yet they are great friends in sports.

On his arrival at Guru Nanak Stadium, Mr Dhindsa preferred to sit outside the pavilion building with Mr Umrao Singh and Mr Iqbal Singh, both of Congress, than go up and sit in the VVIP enclosure.

It is an accepted thing. Those in sports politics cut across their political affiliations at the time when the IOA elections are held. Some of the supporters of the present IOA chief, Mr Suresh Kalmadi, and Secretary-General, Mr Randhir Singh, are activists of certain political parties who are ideologically at loggerheads with Congress, the party of Mr Kalmadi. Of course, Mr Randhir Singh does not belong to any political party though his uncle, Capt Amarinder Singh, heads the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

The next edition of the Games goes to Hyderabad, the state of Chandrababu Naidu, an alliance partner in the NDA government.

A variety of politicians, of various levels and belonging to various parties, are either already here or are expected at other venues for the Games. They include Chautalas — Abhay and Ajay — of neighbouring

Haryana; Mr Rangil Singh (Jammu and Kashmir), Mr J.S. Gehlot (Rajasthan), Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra (Delhi), Mr Ram Lal (Himachal), Mrs Vidya, Stokes (Himachal), besides several others.

Both politicians and bureaucrats control majority of the national sports federations. Compared to politicians, not many bureaucrats have come here so far for the Games.

The Games have, however, brought together a galaxy of former national and international stars, who, otherwise get little chance to meet each other. More than 20 Olympians and international stars of 40s, 50s and 60s were here for the opening ceremony. Some of them, including Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, stayed back for the athletic events after the opening ceremony.

As track and field and volleyball events concluded today, the focus would be now on basketball, handball and football, besides the closing ceremony for which the organisers now promise easy access for the general public as the Prime Minister is not coming.

The security arrangements for the closing ceremony would be much more lax now than what they were for the opening ceremony, remarked a police official. Even Mr Dhindsa admitted tight security environment was keeping many sports enthusiasts away from the Games.
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Dhindsa apologises for lapses
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 25
The Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who is also the co-chairman of the organising committee of the 31st National Games, today offered apologies to athletes and officials for problems, if any, faced by them during their stay here holding short notice given to the organising committee of the National Games (OCNG) by the IOA responsible for the hitches and glitches.

Talking to newsmen here this afternoon, his first visit to any of the venues of the Games, after the opening ceremony on November 19, Mr Dhindsa said the OCNG had only a couple of weeks to complete all the arrangements to hold the Games from November 19. The IOA delayed its final decision on the revised dates.

He said though some of the athletes and officials may have experienced some problems, yet the OCNG, given the conditions and the notice, has tried to do its best to make the Games as smooth as possible.

He confirmed the Prime Minister had expressed his inability to preside over the concluding ceremony.

The Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, would be the chief guest while the Governor of Punjab, Lt-Gen JFR Jacob (retd) would preside.

Mr Dhindsa said he could not come for a number of reasons, including the unfortunate accident in which Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal suffered a hip injury. Further, he said, Parliament was in session.

After some initial problems, he said, the Games were now progressing smoothly and without any major problems. Asked about the crowd response, he said the trend of disinterestedness in sports was widespread.
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Maharashtra, Services in semis
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 25
Maharashtra and Services sailed into the men’s football semifinals from pool ‘A’,chalking out victories in contrasting style over Bengal and Karnataka, respectively, in the 31st National Games at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium here today. While Maharashtra subdued a fighting Bengal 2-0,Services overpowered Karnataka 4-1 to book their berth in the last four. Goa from pool have already moved into the semis from pool ‘B’ and the fight for the second spot from this pool is now between Punjab and Kerala who will be playing their last league matches tomorrow.

It was certainly Maharashtra’s day today. Boasting of an impressive line-up that included eight players from Air-India and five from the BMFC, most of whom had also played in the National Football League in the recent past, Maharashtra gave little room to Bengal who, despite a valiant fightback, had to gave up at the fag end. The Maharashtra forwards, particularly Nitin Shetty and Samson Singh along with star medio Sushil Karthak displaying perfect understanding, left the Bengal defence clueless. However, Bengal custodian Arindam Ghosh, who plays for FCI, was outstanding under the bar, thwarting several Maharashtra attacks in a unique acrobatic display.

The first half witnessed some close calls by Maharashtra with Samson Singh and Narendra Meetei making some fine attempts. First Samson’s measured cross into the box went abegging and then Meetei’s booming right footer sailed over.

The first goal for Maharashtra came in the 60th minute. A move on the right culminated in a powerful right-footer by Sushil Karthak almost parallel to the goal-line. The ball struck Bengal defender Sujit Neogi and landed in the net (1-0).

Bengal had a chance soon after when they earned a free kick but Supriy Dasgupta failed to beat the wall of defenders.

In the last quarter, Bengal custodian Arindam Ghosh made two brilliant saves off Samson and Tomba Singh but a minute before close, Adil Ansari compounded Bengal’s misery with a well-taken shot after moving down the centre (2-0).

Earlier, Services, who also qualified for the semifinals, routed Karnataka 4-1 after taking an early lead through Preetam Bahadur in the 13th minute. Karnataka equalised through Edwin George in the 21st minute but thereafter Services took complete control scoring three more goals through Preetam Bahadur (50th), Fernandez (52nd) and Irudaya Raj (69th) to send Karnataka packing.

In the women’s section Punjab, who beat West Bengal 2-0 today, topped pool ‘A’ accumulating nine points. The scorers for Punjab were Rajwinder Kaur (19th) and Harjinder Kaur (60th). Bengal also qualified for the semis, pipping Orissa through superior goal average. Orissa recorded their first victory today, beating Assam 2-1 with goals from Sudipta Das and Sarita Jayanti Behera. M. Chaudang Gogoi was the lone scorer for Assam.
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Murthi gives Punjab gold
Lalit Mohan

Anandpur Sahib, November 25
Punjab won their first ever gold in the taekwondo events being held at the Guru Gobind Singh Martial Arts Academy here today. BLN Murthi of Punjab defeated Ibraham Khan of Karnataka in the feather weight class. The bronze medal went to Pawan Kumar of Haryana and Sanal Kumar Dass of West Bengal.

Puneet Kumar of Haryana won silver medal in heavy weight category losing in the final bout to opponent from Goa. Rajesh Kumar of Goa won gold, Puneet won silver while T.S. Ramakashi from Karnataka claimed bronze.

Ashish of Haryana won bronze in bantam weight category. He lost his bout by 3-5 points to MD Imran of Karnataka.

Earlier, the dispute match between Punjab and Haryana in the bantam weight men’s category was decided in favour of the Haryana player.

The results: men (heavyweight): Rajesh Kumar (Goa) 1, Puneet Kumar (Haryana) 2, T.S. Ramkashi (Karnataka), Ratan Deep (UP) 3; women female flyweight: Nano Devi (Manipur) 1, Sonika (Delhi) 2, Ikta (UP), Maya Devi (MP) 3; men: Mohammad Irfan (Karnataka) 1, K. Suntosh (Manipur) 2, Surindra Bhandhari (Uttaranchal), Menfred Jenselves (Goa) 3; women heavyweight: G. Malani (Karnataka) 1, Sweedal Lopez (Maharashtra) 2, Zoram Thari (Mizoram), Rajan Rao (MP) 3.

Meanwhile, a dispute erupted here when about 40 players brought by a parallel Taekwondo Federation of India were denied entry by the administrators. The players from different states led by Jimmy R. Jagtiani, who claimed himself to be the real President of the Taekwondo Federation of India, came here armed with a Lucknow High Court order permitting the entry of the players in the events being held here.

The organisers here, however, denied the entry to the players on the plea that only the technical committee of the National Games had the powers to permit the entry of new players.

Jagtiani later while talking to this correspondent said most of the players who came with him were medal winners in the earlier National Games. They have just been made the victim of the politics between the various factions of the Taekwondo Federation of India. The Indian Olympic Association had recognised the faction of the said association led by Chandrashekhar. The other faction led by him moved court against the decision.
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Harwant owes it to grandpa
Kamal Kishore Shankar

Harwant Kaur

Ludhiana, November 25
November 24, 2001, has become a memorable date for Harwant Kaur as “I clinched my second gold in the shot put after bagging a gold in discuss throw on the first day of the 31st National Games,” said cool and composed Harwant Kaur with all humility.

The 21-year-old star said: “The competition was very tough as I had to compete with opponent like Olympian Neelam J. Singh whose meet record, I improved in the discuss throw. These two gold medals are the best gift which God has blessed me with.”

Harwant Kaur started her career in athletic at the age of 12 years when she clinched two gold medals in the National School Athletics Championship in 1993. After that she never looked back and struggled hard to meet her target. In 1999, she got a major break when she got an opportunity to participate in the Junior Asian Track and Field Championship held at Singapore in which she hurled the disc to a distance of 51.24m. Harwant’s best performance of 56:08 meter was in the Asian athletics championship held at Jakarta last year.

When asked about her performance in the shot put, she replied, “Shot put is not my main event and I am concentrating on discuss throw only, but I often participate in this event as it requires power and strength like in discuss throw. But in future, I would concentrate on this event also to fetch at least two medals for my state and country in various national and international level events.”

Harwant was not very keen sports person in her school days, but the encouragement and motivation of her grandfather, Mr Dilip Singh who is retired as a navy officer, put her on the sports track. The first person in the family who gave her an exposure about the sports is her grandfather who always helped her and supported her for participating in the various events at school level.

Harwant said: “Being an ex-serviceman, he taught me that discipline and hard work is a prerequisite to taste the success in any field. Nobody else in the family knew much about the sports as my father is a farmer while my mother is housewife. Despite lack of sports culture in my native Sabhra village in Amritsar district, I never felt the lack of expertise for my sports pursuit,” she added.

Harwant’s uncle and coach Yadwinder Singh is the second person who played important role in turning this girl from a rural area of Punjab into a national figure. He said: “Although the ongoing National Games remained fruitful for us, we need to improve a lot for bettering performance. This time the opposite wind direction has affected the performance of Harwant in both events. She could have easily created new national record in this event if the opposite wind direction would have not become a hassle.”

Yadwinder said: “In the forthcoming Asian Games, Harwant would pursue hard to hurl the disc to 62m. I am confident extensive training and hard work would enable her to clinch a medal in the prestigious international event.”
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Punjab in semis; Chandigarh ousted
Amardeep Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 25
Hosts Punjab will clash with Services while Karnataka will take on Bengal in the men’s hockey semifinals of the 31st National Games to be played at the Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here tomorrow.

On conclusion of the league fixtures, Punjab and Bengal from pool ‘A’ and Karnataka and Services from pool ‘B’ qualified for the semis. Making an unceremonious exit from the competition today were Chandigarh, who lost to Karnataka 1-2, and Maharashtra, who despite being out of contention, redeemed some prestige with their maiden 1-0 win over Services.

Chandigarh were indeed unlucky. After taking the lead in the 16th minute through Gurpreet Singh who scored a superb field goal, Chandigarh failed to hold on to the advantage. Karnataka, after several close calls, managed to snatch the equaliser through Laxman Rao off a penalty corner in the 43rd minute. Three minutes later, Ronald Kiran of Karnataka converted another penalty corner to shatter the hopes of Chandigarh. Junior World Cup hero Rajpal Singh and his brother Gurpreet played their hearts out but another goal eluded them.

Later, Services received a shock ahead of the semifinals when Maharashtra overpowered them by a solitary goal. The victory, the first for Maharashtra in the competition, brought some cheer to the Maharashtra camp, particularly coach and Olympian Gurbux Singh who attributed the poor showing to the hectic schedule of Nehru hockey.

Services comprising players of ASC, EME, Sikh Regiment, Bihar Regiment, IAF, Navy besides other defence outfits, were shocked by Maharashtra with an early strike. A hard hit by right back Sunil Kumar off a short corner gave the Services custodian absolutely no chance and the ball landed in the goal.

Maharashtra had in their ranks Olympians Gavin Ferreira and Rahul Singh, who did national duty at the Atlanta Olympics. Their presence was a motivating factor but some close misses denied them a chance to boost the tally.

Services had a good chance in the first half but DP Mahadik failed to connect a cross parallel to the goal-line. In the second half, Kishore Kumar of Maharashtra failed to capitalise on an opportunity following a free hit, when despite having a clear view of the goal, he missed the target by inches.

In the semifinals tomorrow, Punjab and Services will clash at 12 noon while Karnataka will meet Bengal at 2.30 pm. 

Pool ‘A’

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

Pts

Punjab

3

3

0

0

6

3

9

Bengal

3

1

1

1

3

3

4

Tamil Nadu

3

1

0

2

4

4

3

J & K

3

0

1

2

3

6

1

Pool ‘B’

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

Pts

Karnataka

4

3

0

1

10

6

9

Services

4

2

1

1

12

5

7

Chandigarh

4

1

2

1

5

5

5

Maharashtra

4

1

2

1

2

2

5

Andhra

4

0

1

3

2

13

1


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TN, Punjab cagers in semis
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, November 25
The semifinal line- up in the basketball (men) has been drawn up when current champions Tamil Nadu, in their last league engagement, drubbed Andhra Pradesh to top pool ‘A’ in the 31st National Games here today. After trailing by three points (20-23) at the end of the first quarter, the reinging champions managed to romp home at 94-81.

In the semifinals to be played tomorrow, Tamil Nadu will take on Jharkhand while hosts, Punjab will play against Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh enjoyed the upper hand initially. But they squandered away the advantage once cagers from Tamil Nadu exerted pressure. At half time, holders were leading 54-45.

Earlier, in a group ‘B’ match in the women’s section, Madhya Pradesh beat Delhi 69-61. Delhi eves were leading 34-32 at half time. Savita Deshwal (27), G.Meenakshi Rao (13), Nanda Jain (10) and Nidhi Chandra (8) were the main scorers. Delhi’s captain, Nishitha (17) , Rameshwari (19) and Shankun (12) reduced the margin for the losers.

In the matches played late last evening, last Games’ runners-up in the men’s section, Punjab, in their last league fixture toyed with title-contenders, Jharkhand 118-50 while in the women’s section, Punjab prevailed over Karnataka 76-68 to score their maiden victory in this meet.

The group ‘B’ encounter between Punjab and Jharkhand proved to be a mismatch with the former facing no resistance before romping home quite comfortably after leading 56-16 at half time. Punjab’s Singh Swaraj, Damandep Singh and Gursaranjit scripted their team’s easy win with 23, 22 and 17 points, respectively. For Jharkhand, Ram Kumar (15), Sukhdev Singh (10) and Wasim Khan (10) reduced the margin.

In a group ‘A’ match Prabhjot Kaur (24), Mandeep Brar (17) and Kiran (12) helped Punjab to register a hard-fought win. 
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Rana, Raj Kumari claim gold
Arvind Katyal

SAS Nagar, November 25
Jaspal Rana of Delhi shot an impressive 585/600 in his favourite 25 metre Center Fire Pistol event to give gold medal to Delhi while in 50 metre 3 position women air rifle event, it was Raj Kumari of Madhya Pradesh who secured gold medal by scoring final score of 666.1 in the 31st National Games here today. Ved Prakash and Mahavir Singh, both of the SSCB, secured silver and bronze medals respectively, in centre fire pistol with scores of 571 and 570. Anjali Ved Pathak bagged silver in this event when she shot 664.8.

Anjali later helped Maharashtra won gold medal in team event with scores of 1683 other members being Poornima and Leena. Silver in this section went to MP team comprising Meena, Raj Kumari and Sunita who shot 1677. Bronze medal went in favour of the SSCB with the score of 1660.

In 25 metre centre fire pistol event, Delhi team won team gold medal with Jaspal Rana, Vivek Singh and Rajeev Sharma (1715), while the SSCB team (1700) had to content with silver. Madhya Pradesh (1688) got third place.

Earlier, in the 50 metre air rifle 3 position, Raj Kumari (569) took gold, Kuheli Ganguli (568) bagged silver while Anjali Ved Pathak (565) was at third place.

In the overall medal tally, till today, Punjab secured 10 medals with three gold and three silver and four bronze medals.

Today the practice for skeet events was held and top skeet shooters practiced for the matches to be held tomorrow.

Abhinav Bindra, Olympian and shooter representing Punjab, was honoured with a cheque of Rs 2.5 lacs was given in recognition of his achievements in the European and World Cup meet by the NRAI.. His father A.S. Bindra received the same on his behalf since Abhinav yesterday left for Germany.

Mr Digvijay Singh, Union Minister of State for Railways, who is also the President of the National Rifle Association of India, presided over prize distribution ceremony.
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Harpreet Singh, Balkar enter quarterfinals
Ravi Dhaliwal

Patiala, November 25
Defending champions Services registered wins in four bouts in contrasting styles to make the quarterfinal grade.

Hosts Punjab also did not lag behind as an equal number of their pugilists also found a place in the quarterfinals.

Harpreet showed enough power and punch to annihilate his rival Shashi K. Thapa of Assam by securing the RSC verdict. He showed rare flair and landed three powerful blows in the first round to rule his rival out of contention.

Yet another of the hosts boxers who held the spotlight was Balkar Singh in the heavyweight category. The athletic Balkar began well against a rusty Ramandeep Singh of Chandigarh, but lost a few crucial points at important times. However, towards the end of the second round, Balkar let go a tremendous left hook that opened a gash on his opponents forehead which required medical attention. The Punjab pugilist might have secured a RSC verdict to move into the next round but he still has a bit of more homework to do on his defence if he wants to have a go at the title.

Results: (Lt heavy weight): Guru Sahib Singh (SSCB) b Ramandeep (Chd) RSC, P.V Narasimha (AP) b Nahar Singh (Del) RSC; super heavyweight: Sandeep (Man) b Verendera (UP) RSC; Kuldeep (Chd) b K.S. Raja Reddy (AP) 11-8; middleweight: Hardeep Singh (SSCB) b Jeevan Parkash (Uta) RSC; Ravinder (Haryana) b Z.P. Rai (Skm) KO-1; heavyweight: Jitender (Haryana) b P.V Manmohan (Ker) KO-1, Rajbir Singh (Del) b Vivek Thakur (HP) RSC; superheavy weight: Dharamvir (Jha) b Rajesh (Mah) KO-1.
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Punjab player injured
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, November 25
Two women players, one each of Punjab and Haryana, were injured, one of them seriously, while playing in a league match of the kabaddi event at the YPS Stadium here today morning.

Stopper Jaspreet Kaur of Punjab was seriously injured when she tried to grapple with a Haryana raider during the match. She was immediately shifted to the emergency unit of the Government Rajindra Hospital, where doctors diagnosed her of ‘cervical spinal injury of a serious nature’. Jaspreet, who belongs to Faridkot district, was later shifted to the Sector -32 Government Medical Hospital at Chandigarh.

CHANDIGARH: Jaspreet Kaur (20) has reportedly suffered serious injury to her neck as she fell with all her weight on her neck. Her condition termed as quardriperasis involves dislocation of cervicles of the neck.

She has been put on cervicle traction so as to reduce dislocation and is being prepared for major surgery. She will be operated upon for anterior decompression and bone grafting and stabilisation with a cervicle plate.

Her general condition is being described as being in a state of neurogenic shock and her pulse rate is as low as 50. The hospital authorities have refused to comment on the chances of her survival and ability to play the game again. TNS
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Dalbir Singh wins gold in tent pegging
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, November 25
Dalbir Singh of Madhya Pradesh on Dilawar won gold in the tent pegging individual event at the Punjab Armed Police grounds in the National Games here today.

Dalbir Singh secured a total of 39.5 points. K. Mallikarjunaswamy of Karnataka riding on Shubham took silver place while Sher Singh of Services on Rajni Gandha had to be contend with bronze. Both the riders were tied on 38 points lent the Karnataka rider won on the review of the time taken by the rider in the last two rounds.

Punjab riders could not secure any medal. Satpal Singh topped the first session but missed the peg in the second session. In spite of picking up the next two pegs he could not catch up with his rivals and eventually lost the chance of winning any medal.
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Bela wins gold

Patiala
Bela Rani of Delhi had total lift of 197.5 kg to win gold medal in the 69 kg weight category in the women’s weightlifting event of the National games held at rink hall here on Sunday. The silver was bagged by Manipur lifter, A Janeswori Devi, who lifted a total of 192.5 kg. N.P. Rajita of Kerala, also had the same lift to her name, but had to contend with bronze as A.Janeswori Devi won silver on account of lesser body weight. OSR
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Pollock toys with Indian attack


Cricket fans watch a match on the third day of their unofficial test match at the Centurion cricket field in Pretoria on Sunday. — Reuters photo

Centurion Park, November 25
India’s disastrous tour of South Africa was headed for an inglorious end as they conceded a mammoth 334-run first innings lead to the hosts after third day’s play in the third and final cricket ‘Test’ here today.

Helped by brilliant centuries from Jacques Kallis and skipper Shaun Pollock, South Africa reached 566 for eight in reply to India’s first innings score of 232, adding 305 runs in the day after resuming at the overnight score of 261 for four.

The hosts milked the bowling, scoring runs at will as each and every South African batsman made handsome contributions. Having taken a battering throughout the day, the Indians looked as if they were just going through the motions and that was evident in the ease with which even a number 10 batsman like Makhaya Ntini batted, raising more than 100 runs for the unfinished ninth wicket with his captain. India had gone into this match with an extra bowler.

India (1st innings) 232

South Africa (1st innings):

Gibbs c Harbhajan b Srinath 59

Kirsten c Dravid b Nehra 90

Rudolph run out 21

Kallis b Kumble 110

McKenzie c Laxman b Sachin 33

Klusener c Laxman b Srinath 33

Boucher b Nehra 19

Pollock not out 113

Boje st Dasgupta b Harbhajan 20

Ntini not out 34

Extras: (pen-5 b-11 lb-2 nb-14 w-2) 34

Total ( 8 wkt, 157.1 overs) 566

FOW: 1-135, 2-171, 3-195, 4-261, 5-321, 6-395, 7-395, 8-445.

Bowling: Srinath 27-3-94-2, Nehra 30-5-123-2, Prasad 21-6-71-0, Harbhajan 34.1-10-104-1, Kumble 34-4-102-1, Tendulkar 11-0-54-1. PTI
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Fleming, McMillan thwart Aussies

Hobart (Australia), November 25
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and Craig McMillan shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 97 on a rain-interrupted fourth day to dampen Australian hopes of victory in the second Test today.

The tourists required a further 162 runs to avoid the follow-on but looked well set to save the game going into the final day.

New Zealand were 197 for four at the close, with Fleming unbeaten on 71 and McMillan 51 not out.

Their stand bettered the previous fifth-wicket record of 92 for the Kiwis in Tests against Australia, set by Nathan Astle (66) and McMillan (45) in the first match of the three-Test series in Brisbane earlier this month.

Almost 10 hours of play - more than a day - have been lost because of rain in the first four days and only 51 overs were bowled today as New Zealand added 126 for the loss of two wickets.

The first Test was drawn despite two declarations on the final day’s play. The third Test starts in Perth on Friday.

Earlier today, Mark Waugh and Jason Gillespie had removed Astle (11) and Mark Richardson (30), respectively, as Australia tried to enforce the follow-on.

Resuming at 71 for two in reply to Australia’s 558 for eight declared at the Bellerive Oval, the tourists lost Richardson lbw to Gillespie in the third over of the day at 76 for three.

Mark Waugh struck in the first hour with his second ball of the innings when Astle was caught at slip by Shane Warne at 100 for four.

The patient Fleming was on 29 at the fall of the fourth wicket and was stuck on 49 for 28 minutes and 19 balls before scoring his 31st Test half-century with a push to the on-side off Warne 15 minutes before lunch.

The 28-year-old New Zealand captain had batted for more than four hours and faced 183 balls for his 71 which included seven fours.

Australia (1st innings): 558 for 8 decl.

New Zealand (1st innings):

Bell c Gilchrist b Warne 4

Richardson lbw b Gillespie 30

Sinclair b Gillespie 23

Fleming Batting 71

Astle c Warne b m Waugh 11

McMillan batting 51

Extras: (lb-1, nb-6) 7

Total: (4 wkts, 86 overs) 197

FOW: 1-11, 2-53, 3-76, 4-100.

Bowling: McGrath 18-10-22-0, Gillespie 19-9-29-2, Warne 24-3-70-1, Lee 18-5-45-0, M. Waugh 7-1-30-1. AFP
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Murali bowls Lanka to 131-run win

Kandy, November 25
Sri Lanka broke the “Kandy jinx” with a 131-run victory over the West Indies on an absorbing fifth and final day of the second cricket Test here today.

The hosts, who had lost their last three Tests at this venue, owed their success to off-spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan who grabbed six wickets to take his match-tally to 10.

Spinner Muralitharan’s fourth successive haul of 10 or more wickets in Tests enabled Sri Lanka to clinch the series, following their victory in the opening Test at Galle last week.

The West Indies, needing 322 to win, could not even salvage a draw as they crashed to 190 in their second innings.

West Indian batting continued to wobble despite defiant knocks from Marlon Samuels (54), Brian Lara (45) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (47).

“Kandy man” Muralitharan never allowed the West Indies to build a big partnership which they required to save the game with his clever variations on a turning pitch. AFP

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka (Ist innings): 288

West Indies (Ist innings): 191

Sri Lanka (2nd innings):

Atapattu st Jacobs b Ramnarine 84

Jayasuriya c Gayle b Ramnarine 55

Sangakkara c Ramnarine b Dillon 45

Jayawardene c Stuart b Dillon 16

Arnold c Dillon b Ramnarine 1

Tillakaratne not out 7

Vaas c Ganga b Ramnarine 0

Samaraweera not out 3

Extras: (b-3 lb-6 nb-2 w-2) 13

Total: (for 6 wkts declared) 224

FOW: 1-89, 2-176, 3-204, 4-206, 5-215, 6-215.

Bowling: Dillon 19-2-61-2 (2w, 2nb), Collins 11-0-52-0, Ramnarine 16-2-65-4, Stuart 8-1-21-0, Hooper 13-4-16-0.

West Indies (2nd innings):

Ganga b Murali 8

Gayle c Sangakkara b Vaas 0

Sarwan c Arnold b Murali 48

Lara c Tillakaratne b Bandaratillake 45

Hooper lbw b Bandaratillake 4

Samuels lbw b Murali 54

Jacobs c Sangakkara b Vaas 5

Dillon b Murali 19

Ramnarine not out 0

Collins b Murali 0

Stuart b Murali 0

Extras: (b-3 lb-2 nb-2) 7

Total: (all out) 190

FOW: 1-3, 2-25, 3-83, 4-107, 5-110, 6-126, 7-185, 8-190, 9-190.

Bowling: Vaas 13-2-39-2 (nb-2), Zoysa 8-4-13-0, Muralitharan 35.5-16-81-6, Bandaratillake 15-6-29-2, Samaraweera 5-2-9-0, Jayasuriya 5-2-13-0, Tillakaratne 2-1-1-0. Reuters
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Most referees ‘petty & weak’

London, November 25
Even as the English media kept up its attack on Indian Cricket Board president Jagmohan Dalimya, blaming his “maveric tendencies” for the current crisis in international cricket, former England Captain Michael Atherton ridiculed the system of having match-referees and advocated more powers to the ground umpires instead.

Atherton said the crisis following the defiance of International Cricket Council by Indian and South African cricket boards had only confirmed a long-held view by players that “as a governing body of world cricket the ICC are a laughing stock” and called the match-referees “typical of the body they represent”.

“There is, and always has been, a complete lack of uniformity or consistency among match-referees,” Atherton said writing in the Daily Telegraph today.

He said the good and sensible referees were in “a distinct minority”. Most were “petty and weak”, he said.

Meanwhile, Dalmiya continued to draw flak, with the paper calling him a “control freak, the player of political games, the man who destabilises then poses as the saviour of the Indian tour”. “Never under-estimate his cleverness”, wrote the paper.

The working committee meeting of Indian cricket board in New Delhi was crucial, the papers said. The Independent said Dalmiya will either accept that ICC runs the game or declare that he runs it.

The Guardian said Dalmiya had “the power to send world cricket spiralling into turmoil” and urged the ICC to call an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.

The times agreed, saying “Dalmiya is, in theory, in a position to enforce a breakaway from the ICC”. It clubbed Dalmiya with South African Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour, the “volatile” Sourav Ganguly and Chief Executive of the UCBSA Gerald Majola as the “real villains of the piece”. Balfour “should never have become involved in a purely sporting issue”, it said.

Another former England captain Mike Gatting found it impossible to believe that “cricket is threatening to tear itself apart over a single instance of ball tampering and a few over-enthusiastic appeals” and said “there must have been far more goings on behind the scenes”.

“Maybe Dalmiya is seeking a showdown to extend his power base,” he wrote in a comment in the Guardian. “Then again, India could be taking a stand against the current ICC positions on ball tampering and appealing”.

The papers also speculated that the stand-off could even jeopardise England’s ongoing tour of India. PTI
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Irina wins by nine strokes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 25
The city’s lady golf icon is back again with another title. This time it is the Western India Amateur Ladies Golf Championship played at the Presidency Golf Club, Mumbai. Irina Brar retained the title despite an infected toe and an upset stomach during the competition. And to top it, she emerged the winner by a margin of nine strokes in the four-day competition that concluded on Friday.

The plus-two Vivek School student started with a bang returning a one-over card of 71 on the opening day. This turned out to be the best card of the four-day tournament. Another Chandigarh girl, Parnita Garewal, also had a card of 71, but because of a better back nine, Irina had the top opening day slot. Irina returned cards of 75, 74 and 72 on the subsequent three days for an overall aggregate of 292. Parnita fared very badly on the second day returning a nine-over score, followed by cards of 78 and 74 thereafter for an aggregate of 303. This score placed her in the third slot, Anjali clinching the runner-up spot with a four-day score of 301.

This was the third title in continuation that Irina had won after turning 18 and acquiring a new club. She started off with the Punjab Open in Chandigarh and followed it up with the Northern India Amateur Ladies Golf Championship. And with this Western India title safely tucked in her pocket, Irina will proceed to Calcutta tomorrow to defend the Eastern India Amateur Ladies Golf Championship to be held from December 4 to 7.

Talking about the Bombay title, Irina said:”The Presidency Club course is one of the toughest in the country. The par 70 course has narrow fairways and tough and fast greens. And to add to the toughness the slopes are tricky and bunkers in plenty. “

A sports apprentice with Indian Oil, Irina has been a topper in her class. Sitting by her was her mother Madhu Brar, a golfer in her own right, and her grandmother, Mrs Wazir Singh, who has donated the trophy to the Ladies Wing, which Irina has been winning for the past three years.

Two titles have so far eluded Irina. They are the Southern India Amateur Ladies Golf Championship and the West Bengal Ladies Open Championship. But going by the form of the young golfer, the newly acquired club and above all her confidence, she should make a clean sweep of the titles this year. The victory margins in the last three tournaments are enough indication that the city’s lady golf icon needs exposure to more competition. 
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Amritsar girls excel
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, November 25
On the concluding day of the 13th Punjab State Roller Skating Championship held here, Amritsar girls took the gold in all three categories of roller hockey.

Results: (roller hockey):
Sub-junior girls
— I Amritsar, II Sangrur, junior girls — I Amritsar, II Muktsar, senior women — I Amritsar, II Muktsar, Ring race-II results: u-6 boys: 1 Sahil Daroch, girls: 1 Jasminder Kaur, u 6 to 8 boys: 1 Tanveer Minhas, girls: 1 Alisha Puri. Under 8-10 boys: 1 Jaab Karan, girls: 1 Jasmeen Puri. Boys u 10 to 12: 1 Sushant Bansal, girls: 1 Khushi Dholkia. Under 12-14: girls: 1 Heena Bharati. Above 14: boys: 1 Mandeep Singh, girls: 1 Kangan Mahajan.
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

JAFFERSON CYCLES TO GOLD
LUDHIANA:
Punjab rider, Jafferson Singh set up a blistering pace in the 120 km massed start for men to clinch the last gold at stake in cycling event in the 31st National Games here on Sunday. In the race held on Doraha-Khanna highway in which as many as 42 cyclists participated, Jafferson Singh capped the gold in style clocking three hours 9 minutes and 28.79 seconds. Ramdhan Chowdhary of Rajasthan and Paramjit Singh of Services bagged silver and bronze, respectively, followed by Pankaj Marlesha of Maharashtra, Shivram Chowdhary of Rajasthan and Jagbir of Services. Punjab took its medals tally to 16 which include 5 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze while Manipur, who were the overall champions in the last Games at Imphal in 1999, kept their domains intact finishing with 14 medals, including 8 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze. OSR

RAJASTHAN WIN
PATIALA:
Rajasthan managed to register a narrow 38-32 win against hosts Punjab in men’s section of the kabaddi event (national style) of the National Games played at the YPS Stadium here on Sunday. Twice Punjab came near to neutralising the early lead their rivals took but innocouous raiding and a sloppy display by its stoppers enabled Rajasthan to win. In the second match Delhi carved put a comfortable 34-17 win against Tamil Nadu. In the women’s section, Maharashtra got the better of Punjab eves, beating them 29-22, while Bihar notched up a 41-39 victory over Tamil Nadu. In the men’s section of the circle style event, Haryana downed a complacent Rajasthan 40-12 while Punjab got the better of Chandigarh 40-21. On the distaff side, J and K downed Bihar 35-26 and Punjab got the better of Haryana 45-32. OSR

TAJINDER LIFTS GOLD
PATIALA:
Punjab’s Tajinder Singh won the gold medal in the 85 kg weight category in the men’s section of the weightlifting event of the National Games being held at the rink hall here on Sunday. Tanjinder lifted 147.5 kg in snatch and 167.5 in clean and jerk to accumulate a total of 315 kg to ensure gold for the hosts. In the process, Tajinder improved his mark set in the 1999 Imphal National Games in the snatch event by 2.5 kg where he had a lift of 145 kg to his name. The silver went to R. Prem Kumar of Tamil Nadu, who had a total lift of 305 kg to his name. Nitu Sharma of Delhi lifted 302.5 kg to secure the bronze. OSR
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