GANDHINAGAR: Pole vaulter Siva Subramaniam and weightlifter Sambo Lapung shattered national records on way to winning their respective gold medals at the 36th National Games here on Monday.
While Siva from Services soared over 5.31m to break his own national record set four years ago, Sambo, representing Arunachal Pradesh, lifted 198kg to break the clean and jerk national mark in the men’s 96kg weightlifting competition. Egged on by a sizable crowd at IIT Gandhinagar, Siva first broke the National Games record, set at 5.10m by Vijay Pal Singh way back in 1987, by clearing 5.11m.
He then jumped over 5.21m and asked for the bar to be raised to 5.31m with an eye on the national record. He failed on the first try, but cleared it the next time. Meanwhile, Sambo broke the clean and jerk national record in the 96kg class, lifting 198kg on his way to gold at the Mahatma Mandir Complex here.
In swimming, SP Likhit earned two gold medals for Services at the Sardar Patel Aquatics Complex in Rajkot. He first won the 200m breaststroke (2:16.40) gold and then swam a leg in the Services 4x100m medley relay (3:49.67) triumph.
Hrutika Shriram from Maharashtra clinched her ninth gold medal in the National Games, her first this edition, when she expectedly won the women’s 3m springboard diving contest with a tally of 179.15 points. Kirpal Singh of Punjab also set a new National Games record en route to his discus throw gold medal. His 59.32m effort broke a 25-year-old mark, which was set at 58.56m by Shakti Singh.
The Services men’s rowing team took home all seven gold medals at the course laid on the Sabarmati river front. It added three on Monday through the formidable Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh duo (Lightweight Double Sculls), the Quadruple Sculls and Coxed Eight teams.
In shooting, Punjab’s Sift Kaur Kamra bagged the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions crown, beating Odisha’s Shriyanka Sarangi. Sift took a 6-0 lead, but Shriyanka fought back with some high 10s to make it 15-15 in a race to 16 points. Both shot a lowly 9.8 in the 16th series before Sift secured gold with a 10.1 against Shriyanka’s 9.8.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh men and Telangana women became the inaugural winners of the 3x3 basketball gold medals after scoring victories over Tamil Nadu (21-18) and Kerala (17-13) respectively in the finals in Bhavnagar. In badminton, Telangana’s joy doubled when its star shuttlers earned the mixed team gold with a 3-0 victory over Kerala in Surat.