Ahmedabad: Tokyo Games bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain was the cynosure at the Mahatma Mandir where boxing competitions got underway. She left unheralded Nishi Bharadwaj (Bihar) searching for cover before the referee stopped the women’s 75kg opening round bout here on Wednesday.

The Lawn Bowls competition drew to a close at the Kensville Golf and Country Club near Ahmedabad with Assam’s Sunil Bahadur beating Soumen Banerjee (Jharkhand) 16-9 in the men’s Single final. Navneet Singh, Ayush Bharadwaj, Apurv Ashutosh Sharma and Abhishek Chug teamed up to beat West Bengal by the skin of their teeth, 15-14, in the Fours final.

The Assam Pair of Tania Choudhary and Nayanmoni Saikia beat Lovely Choubey and Rupa Rani Tirkey of Jharkhand 17-10 and Manu Kumari Pal, Jaya and Pinki surprised Jharkhand’s Sarita Tirkey, Anamika Lakra and Kavita Kumari 18-9 to win the Triples gold.

In boxing, Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Jaismine Lamboria (Haryana) and Mohammed Hussamuddin (Services) also registered convincing victories in the respective weight divisions.

Elsewhere, Hashika Ramachandra anchored the Karnataka 4x200m Freestyle relay team to victory to climb the victory podium at the Sardar Patel Aquatics Complex in Rajkot for the fourth time in the National Games but it was her stunning victory in the 200m Butterfly final that set the venue alight.

The 14-year-old Hashika Ramachandra dug deep into the reserves of her energy to slip past Astha Choudhury and touch the wall in 2 minutes 19.12 seconds for her National Games record in four days. This win enabled her complete an individual treble and overshadow Maharashtra diver Hrutika Shriram, a mother of two-year-old, and seasoned Sajan Prakash’s efforts today.

Favourite Hrutika Shriram stayed on course to repeat the golden hat-trick by winning the women’s 10m Platform event. Though she was self-admittedly not at her best, she did her dives well enough to pick up her second gold in three days and her 10th crown in four editions of the National Games.

Sajan Prakash, braving abdominal muscle pain, stamped his commanding presence by winning his favourite event, the men’s 200m Butterfly with a National Games record. It was a praiseworthy bid by the experienced swimmer to claim his second gold medal of the National Games in addition to two silver medals.

There was a delight for Gujarat at the Riverfront Sports Development complex here where up-and-coming Gujarat tennis player Zeel Desai help the state retain the women’s singles gold ̛in defending champion Ankita Raina’s absence The third-seeded Zeel Desai led Karnataka’s Sharmada Balu 6-2, 3-2 when the latter retired with an ankle injury.

At the IIT Gandhinagar’s Squash facility, Tamil Nadu’s Sunayna Kuruvilla staged a dramatic comeback to win the women’s singles gold. Urvashi Joshi of Maharashtra won the first two games 11-9 and 11-7 but Sunayna found her rhythm to turn the final on its head. She conceded just 13 points in winning three games to romp home winner.

Rishabh Yadav (Haryana) and Aditi Gopichand Swami (Maharashtra) emerged with gold after thrilling battles in the men and women’s Compound Archery contest at the picturesque Sanskardham School.

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