Nepal on top of table with 15 gold medals on second day

Mandekaji Shrestha

Mandekaji Shrestha

The overall meal count of the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal displayed a total of 35 medals bagged by Sri Lankan players with 5 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 18 bronze medals.

Saroj won the gold in men's 1,500m with a timing of 3.54.18 seconds while Ajeet Kumar clinched the silver by clocking 3.57.18s.

India also swept the volleyball gold medals by winning both the men's and women's titles. Sri Lanka's Uda Kuburalage (4.34.34) won the gold.

Mehuli's effort will, however, not be considered as a world record, as the South Asian Games' results are not recognised by the worldwide body (ISSF) for the objective of records.

In group event, a team of Nita Gurung, Prashansa Chhetri and Sushila Rai won gold in above 23 catgory in women's poomsae. Another Indian, Pragnya clocked 01:14:57 to win the bronze.

The 19-year-old Mehuli scored 253.3 in the final, 0.4 more than Apurvi Chandela's current World record of 252.9. Among the 15 gold medals Nepal won so far, the highest medals has come from karate and taekwondo standing at 14 comprising 7 from karate and 7 from taekwondo. Shriyanka Sadangi took the silver (250.8) while Shreya Agrawal (227.2) clinched the bronze.

Sri Lanka has the third highest medals with 9 medals including 3 gold, six silver and 10 bronze. Among women, Nepal and Maldives got a bronze each. Soumyajit Ghosh then accounted for Shiva Sunder Gothe 11-3, 11-2, 12-10 and Harmeet Desai finished it off with a 11-4, 11-4, 11-8 win over Purushottam Borjacahrya.

The women's bronze medal also went to Sri Lanka. On women's side, the much-awaited finals between the host Nepal and defending champion India will be held at 2PM on Tuesday.

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