Khade, Richa launch gold rush

A triple gold show by Madhya Pradesh karatekas helped the state take the Day I honours, even as Indian swimming sensation Virdhawal Khade and dope-tainted Richa Mishra set two meet records each, in the 34th National Games, on Sunday. Madhya Pradesh also bagged two silver and one bronze in karate-do contest held at Shiekh Bhikhari Administrative Block at the Mega Sports Complex in Ranchi. Riding Khade's performance at the Veer Budhu Bhagat Aquatic Stadium in the Mega Sports Complex, Maharashtra were second on the table with three gold and eight bronze. Jharkhand were not far behind as the hosts finished the day on third spot with two gold medals in taekwondo competition held at Ganpat Rai Indoor Stadium in the Mega Sports Complex.

The hosts also had two silver and two bronze. Even as the mismanagement by the organisers continuous to rule in the 33-discipline meet, Khade and Richa provided the big push with two meet records each in the swimming competition. The contest also saw a fifth record when Karnataka men’s 100m freestyle team of JP Arjun, AP Gagan, Aditya Roshan and Ashwin Menon scripted their names in Games history. It was also a memorable day for Delhi girl Richa, who was mired in doping controversy ahead of the Common wealth Games last year, shocking two meet records en route her double gold.

The Kolhapur lad had a comfortable two seconds lead over his nearest opponent Rohit Havaldar of Karnataka as he went on to better his previous Games best timing of 01.54:18s.Havaldar (1.56:16s) and AP Gagan (1.56:93s) completed second and third, respectively, to give a silver-bronze end for Karnataka. In his second event of the day, Khade eclipsed the previous Games best timing of 00.57:38 by Akbar Ali Mir (2002) in the 100m butterfly for his second gold with a meet record of 55:56.Khade had more than two seconds lead over Delhi's Tarun Tokas (58:21) who settled for silver, while Bengal opened their account with a bronze courtesy Sumanta Nath (59.62).


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