SOUTH ASIAN GAMES
Archer Mashjyoti Changmai right on target as hosts pile up 53 golds
GUWAHATI/ SHILLONG, Feb 8: Assam archer Mashjyoti Changmai became the first Assamese athlete to win a gold in the ongoing 12th South Asian Games. He was part of the Indian compound team – the other two being Rajat Chauhan and Abhishek Verma – which won the gold on the fourth day of the event. Expressing happiness at bagging a gold medal for his country, the Sivasagar lad also hoped to win more laurels in future.
Mash, who landed in archery by chance, tasted success at his first outing in the senior category competition.
When asked about his future plans, the archer, presently a trainee at the Pune Archery Academy, said, “I want to concentrate more and more on the game and win as much medals as possible in tiol as well as intertiol meets.”
Meanwhile, the Indian contingent is going great guns at the Games as it took the country’s medal tally to 72 at the end of the fourth day of the competition. Of the 79 medals won, 53 are gold, 20 silver and 6 bronze. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are also performing consistently to be placed at the second and third spots. Sri Lanka has bagged 61 medals (11 gold, 27 silver and 23 bronze) so far while Pakistan finished the day with an overall tally of 29 medals (4 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze).
Bhutan and Maldives opened their account today, with the former bagging a silver and a bronze while the latter clinched a bronze.
Meanwhile, the Indian team suffered a jolt in men’s hockey as it went down to arch rival Pakistan 1-2 in the group league match held at Guwahati.