India way ahead in medals tally in CYG meet

October 17th, 2008 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan SinghPune, Oct 17 (IANS) In one of the best performances by Indian athletes at the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG), the hosts emerged on the top of the table with 74 medals, including 33 gold, 25 silver and 16 bronze on the penultimate day of the event here Friday.In boxing, Thokchom Nanao Singh defeated Davies Zack of Wales in light flyweight (84 kg) category.

“I was confident of winning gold and it turned out to be a easy bout. I will be preparing for the Commonwealth Games now,” said Singh.

Virothu Shanthosh fetched India yet another yellow metal in the welterweight (89 kg) category beating South African Alexander Jonker.

Weightlifting gave India two silver medals. Harbhajan Singh from Punjab lifted 120 kgs in the 85 kg category to come second. “I am very disappointed. I was aiming for gold all through,” said Harbhajan.

Shrishti Singh from Bihar in the 69 kg category gave India another silver.

It was an excellent day for the shuttlers with Saina Nehwal beat Sikki Reddy in a tough match 23-21, 22-20.

At the end of the match, a relieved Saina said: “I was very tense, especially at the match point. I feel I am too aggressive and need to work on my defence.”

In men’s single’s, V. Gurusai Dutt defeated Prakash Aditya to win gold.

In swimming, India’s performance was rather dismal. Ace swimmer Vir Dhaval Khade saved the blushes with victory in the backstroke 50 meters.

Overall, the Indians ranked seventh in the pool with three gold, three silver and one bronze.

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