Ranchi: Services Sports Control Board on Wednesday added five more gold medals to their tally at the ongoing National Games. They are now just four gold medals short of improving their count of the last edition.

Services bagged gold in fencing, wrestling and cycling to take a fantastic lead with 55 gold, 37 silver and 31 bronze medals.

Meanwhile, Manipur stood at second position as their tally read 39-27-26. Maharashtra improved their gold count to 37 and is at third position with 40 silver and 41 bronze medals in their kitty.

Karan Rastogi, Ratnika bag tennis singles titles

Maharashtra’s Karan Rastogi and Ratnika Batra of Delhi won the individual men's and women's tennis singles titles.

Top seed Rastogi defeated second seed Mithun Murali of Tamil Nadu 6-3 6-2 while Ratnika conquered top seed Zainab Ali Sajjad of Andhra Pradesh 6-3 6-2.

It was a double delight for Delhi as they won both the mens' and doubles gold medals.

Vivek Shokeen and Ashutosh Singh of Delhi walked away with the men's doubles defeating Ajai Selvaraj and Mithun Murali of Tamil Nadu 6-3 6-0.

Sarita Devi, Amandeep enter boxing finals

Men and women boxers from Haryana, Manipur and Jharkhand were on a winning streak as they surged ahead to the boxing finals in different weight categories of the 34th National Games at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Manipur's international repute L Sarita Devi and Th Nanao Singh registered wins in their respective bouts and reserved their berth in the finals.

Pinky Jangra, who created a wave defeating five-time world champion MC Mary Kom in the quarterfinal round of the 2009 Senior Women's National Championship in the same venue, opened the campaign for Haryana defeating A Punyavathi (AP) 6-0.

National championship bronze medalist, Suman also earned a berth in the final for her team as she defeated Dolly Singh of West Bengal in a one-sided match in the women's Bantam 54 kgs weight class. In the Light Welter weight category, Suman defeated Ashlamol Thomas (Kerala) to move into the final.

Similarly, Haryana boys Sunil and Sandeep also won their respective bouts crushing Delhi’s Gaurav Bidhuri by virtue of better points and Kulvinder (Kerala) in Fly weight (52 kgs) and Light weight (60 kgs) men's semifinal bouts respectively.

Jharkhand women boxers won all three bouts, while Mishal B Lakra made it to the final in Bantam 56 kgs class.

CWG bronze medalist Amandeep Singh, who maintained his form winning all its matches so far, outclassed SSCB's Sanjay Kishan in the light fly 49 kgs men's event 5-1 to move into the final.

Singh will now face Th. Nanao singh in final to be held on Thursday.

Violent crowd holds up Hockey semi-final

The men's hockey semifinal between Jharkhand and Maharashtra had to be called-off after the 55th minutes due to crowd violence in a jam-packed stadium in Morhabadi area of the city.

Maharashtra dominated the game as Jharkhand saved a penalty stroke but the visitors got another penalty from a doubtful umpiring decision in the 55th minute as both teams were locked goalless.

The decision was strongly protested by the players as it forced the vocal crowd who had thronged the stadium as they started hurling missiles to the field leading to abandonment.

The match will resume tomorrow from the same position with Maharashtra taking the penalty stroke, competition director Shakeel Kureshi said.


(With Agency inputs)