Ranchi (Agencies): Indian captain MS Dhoni kept his promise and paid a surprise visit at the ongoing 34th National Games in Jharkhand. He visited the Mega Sports Complex after taking a day’s off from World Cup schedule. Abraham misses gold
Dhoni watched a bit of athletics, presented medals to the winners while in the afternoon he took the centrestage in the men's football action between Goa and Jharkhand in the city stadium.
Meanwhile, Services upstaged Maharashtra from the pole position in the medal tally on a day of upsets which saw Asian Games gold medallist 400m hurdler Joseph Abraham on second place.
Services athletes did well in shooting and cycling to usurp the pole position from Maharashtra who were on top in the last three days. Services now have 37 gold, 28 silver and 24 bronze ahead of Maharashtra (32-34-34) and Manipur (25-14-15).
Athletics arena saw the biggest upset of the day when Asian Games gold medallist and national record holder Joseph Abraham was pushed to the second place by Punjab's Kuldev Singh who won the 400m hurdles with a Games record timing of 50.31.
Commonwealth Games bronze medalist triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary had also to settle for bronze. There was another upset in the men's discus throw when national record holder Vikas Gowda had to return empty-handed as he finished a disappointing fifth.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan's Vikas Poonia (53.47) won the men's discus throws gold while Punjab's Kirpal Singh (51.59) and Uttar Pradesh's Anshu Rai (51.35) took home silver and bronze.
In the women's 400m hurdles, Andhra Pradesh's R Elavarasi (1:00.17), Kerala's Anu R (1:00.69) and Jharkhand's Soniya KA (1:00.75) bagged the top three places.
Punjab women athletes ruled the roost in the 1500m, heptathlon and discus throw clinching the yellow metals.
At the badminton event, top seed Sayali Gokhale made a semifinal exit when she lost out to promising 21-year-old Arundhati Pantawane in an-all Maharashtra semifinals.
Dipa Karmakar scripts history
In gymnastics, Tripura's Dipa Karmakar clinched four gold medals taking her haul to five, the highest by any gymnast on the concluding day of the event here.
After taking the all round individual title yesterday, 18-year-old Karmakar clinched the girl's table vault, uneven bars, floor exercises and balanced beam during the day to emerge top in the individual medal list followed by Maharashtra's Aksheta Shate who took four gold in the Rhythmic gymnastics on Thursday.
Commonwealth silver and Asian Games bronze medallist Ashish Kumar won the gold in the ring for his second, while Jharkhand's Partho Mandal snapped the yellow metal in the pommel horse to give the hosts the lone medal in the gymnastics.
Uttar Pradesh's Iqrar Hassan and Services' Raja Roy won gold medals in horizontal bar and parallel bars respectively.
A golden day at shooting
Both Services' Gurpreet Singh and Punjab's Heena Singh with the duo claiming one individual and one team gold.
Heena clinched individual gold in 10m women's air pistol with a record score as the day also witnessed another new mark by Vijay Kumar in the qualification round of 25m rapid fire.
But Kumar failed in the final series to return empty-handed as his state-mate Gurpreet Singh 572 (29), Haryana's Harpreet Singh with 564 (24) and Madhya Pradesh's Mahendar Singh 566 (20) grabbed the top three spots.
Kumar shot 581 in the qualification to improve his four year old record of 578 in Guwahati. The top score by Kumar ensured Services the team the gold medal as he, along with Gurpreet Singh and Pemba Tamang, logged 1730.
Haryana trio of Rahul Panwar, Harpreet Singh and Yogesh Singh scored 1680 while Madhya Pradesh's Mahendra Singh, Poonam Kumar Choudhary and Toshit Kumar had 1649 to take the silver and bronze.
Ranchi (Agencies): Indian captain MS Dhoni kept his promise and paid a surprise visit at the ongoing 34th National Games in Jharkhand. He visited the Mega Sports Complex after taking a day’s off from World Cup schedule.
Abraham misses gold