Ranchi: Services bettered their medal tally of previous edition of the Games in Guwahati four years ago, after taking their tally of 62 gold, 43 silver and 35 bronze medals to take a race way ahead of their rivals for the top position.

Manipur sustained their march on the second spot with 44-31-29 while Maharashtra stayed behind on third spot with 38-41-43. Delhi grabbed the fourth place with 30-22-31.

Riding on the performance of boxers, Haryana supplanted Kerala (27-24-26) from the fifth position with a tally of 28-27-36. Jharkhand were on seventh with 25-19-34.

Deepika Kumari disappoints in archery

Commonwealth Games gold medallist archer Deepika Kumari disappointed her home crowd at the National games as she failed to win gold medal in the Games losing to Prativa Boro of Assam in the final.

Coach Limba Ram, however, played down the incident and said the defeat is only a part of the game. He added Deepika has been doing performing well but has to maintain her performance to qualify for London Olympics to be played next year.

Deepika, who lit the Games' flame, fell to strong pressure as the Indian Olympic hope lost out 4-6 to a calm and unruffled Assam girl Prativa in a nerve-wracking final in Jamshedpur.

Pinky punches out Devi in boxing

The boxing ring was also not devoid of any upsets and provided another stunner when 21-year-old Pinky Jangra punched out reigning Asian champion Sarita Devi in 51kg.

Completely overpowering the bout, Pinky did not give Sarita any opportunity in fly weight category (51kg) to win the gold medal bout 5-0. Andhra Pradesh's A Punyavathi and Uttarakhand's Vinita Mahar won a bronze each.

It was an unforgettable achievement for Pinky who had shocked five time world champion M C Marykom in 2009 National Championship quarterfinals in Jamshedpur.

N Swapna Priya of Jharkhand provided yet another upset in the ring when she stunned former world champion K C Lekha for the super heavy weight (+81kg) title to lead gold rush for hosts state.

In men's flyweight (52kg), Sunil Kumar of Haryana added gold by thumping down Santosh Harijan of Goa 4-2, while Gaurav Bidhuri (Delh) and Prakash Darjee (Aurnachal Pradesh) bagged a bronze each.

Jharkhand storm into hockey finals

Hosts Jharkhand routed Maharashtra 2-1 to book final berth in men's hockey competition at the 34th National Games after the remaining 15 minutes of the controversy-marred semifinal was resumed on Thursday.

They will face Punjab, who got the better of Services 3-2 in another last four match, in the title clash on Friday.

The match, which ended hastily on Wednesday after it was referred to the technical committee because of a disagreement over a penalty stroke, was resumed from the 55th minute today with both the teams locked at 0-0.

But Jharkhand came out a determined unit on Thursday and pumped in two goals in the final 15 minutes while their opponents could found the net only once.

(With Agency inputs)