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Pole vaulter Siva Subramaniam, weightlifter Sambo Lapung break records on his way to gold medals in National Games | More sports news

GANDHINAGAR: Pole Vault Shiva Subramaniam and weightlifter Sambo Lapun smashed national records en route to winning their respective gold medals at the National Games here on Monday.
While Siva of Services rose more than 5.31m to break his own national record four years ago, Sambo, who represents Arunachal Pradesh, lifted 198kg to break the Clean and Jerk national mark in 96kg men weightlifting.
Siva Subramaniam, spurred on by a sizable crowd at the IIT Gandhinagar, first broke the National Games record set at 5.10m by Vijay Pal Singh in 1987 by crossing 5.11m.
He then rose over 5.21 m and asked to raise the bar at 5.31 m, in view of the national record. He failed on the first try, but managed the next time.
Arunachal Pradesh’s weightlifter Lapung broke clean and broke the national record in the 96kg class, lifting 198kg on her way to gold at the Mahatma Mandir Complex here.
Lapung had missed his record-breaking date at the National Championships in Bhubaneswar earlier this year when the jury ruled his attempt as a No-Lift. But on Monday, there was no stopping him from regaining the national record of Vikas Thakur (Services).
Jagdish from Services settled for silver with a total of 331 kg, 15 kg less than Lapung.
In swimming, SP Likhit earned two gold medals for services at the Sardar Patel Aquatics Complex in Rajkot. He first won gold in the 200-meter breaststroke and then swam a stage in the Services 4×100-meter medley relay triumph.
Hrutika Shriram (Maharashtra) claimed her ninth gold medal in the National Games, her first in this edition, when she was expected to win the women’s 3m Springboard Diving competition.
She scored a total of 179.15 points and promptly dedicated the gold to her coach husband and two-year-old son.
Kirpal Singh (Punjab) also set a new record in the National Games en route to his Discus gold. His 59.32m broke a 25-year mark that Shakti Singh had set at 58.56.
Gagandeep Singh and Prashant Malik (both Services) took the silver and bronze medals.
The Services men’s rowing team took home all seven gold medals on the Sabarmati Riverfront course. They added three on Monday through the formidable Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh (Lightweight Double Sculls), the Quadruple Sculls and Coxed Eight teams.
In the women’s events, Vindhya Sankath and Rukmani of Madhya Pradesh both climbed the podium twice with victories in the lightweight double sculls and double sculls.
Their teammate Khushpreet Kaur also took her second gold in the quads after winning the single scull on Sunday.
Their athletes’ great show meant Services continued to dominate the medal tally with 32 golds, 18 silvers and an equal number of bronzes for a total of 68 medals.
While firing, Punjab’s Sift Kaur Kamra grabbed the women’s 50m rifle with 3-position crown and defeated Odisha’s Shriyanka Sarangi. Sift took a 6-0 lead, but Shriyanka fought back with some high 10s to make it 15-15 in a race to 16 points.
Both shot a low 9.8 in the 16th run before Sift claimed gold with a 10.1 against Shriyanka’s 9.8.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh men and Telangana women became the inaugural winners of the 3×3 Basketball gold medals after taking victories over Tamil Nadu 21-18 and Kerala 17-13 respectively in the final in Bhavnagar.
In badminton, Telangana’s joy doubled as their star shuttlecocks claimed mixed team gold with a 3-0 win over Kerala in Surat.
Husband-and-wife pairing Sumeet Reddy and Sikki Reddy put the team in the lead before former World Championship bronze medalist B Sai Praneeth rallied from a lost game to defeat the formidable HS Prannoy.
Samia Farooqi then made quick work of Gowrikrishna to seal the gold.
In the men’s Recurve Archery semifinals, Atanu Das (West Bengal) defeated Tarundeep Rai (Services) 6-0.
Tarundeep had beaten Jharkhand’s Jayanta Talukdar, who topped qualifying, in a match that could have drained him emotionally.
Atanu Das will face Gurucharan Besra (Services) in the final.
In women’s hockey, Haryana captain Rani Ramphal scored a hat-trick to hand Odisha a 4-0 defeat.
It was Haryana’s second Group A win at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Rajkot. They are now assured of a place in the last four.
In another match, Uttar Pradesh bounced back from their opening loss to score a 6-0 win over host Gujarat.
In Group B, Karnataka came from behind to draw 3-3 with Jharkhand, while Punjab defeated Madhya Pradesh 2-1 for their second win.
In a men’s Pool A Match, Haryana defeated West Bengal 7-0 with Abhishek scoring a hat-trick.

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