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Indian swimmers create 5 new records, bag 7 Gold
Five new records, as many Silver and seven Gold medals summed up the story as the Indian swimmers continued to make splash in the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium pool at in the ongoing 10th SAF Games here today.
Sri Lankan Mayumi Raheem (2:45.24) prevented an Indian whitewash by winning women's 200m breaststroke even, pipping Tejaswini Varadaraju (2:46.72) to the post. Tejaswini's effort also bettered the previous Games record of 2:50.95, created by another Indian Zeba Wadia in 1999.
Barring this event, it was otherwise a one-sided show by the Indian swimmers.
Mandar Divase clocked 16:17.58 in the 1500m freestyle that not only helped him finish ahead of compatriot Rohit Havaldar (16:43.59) for the Gold, but also saw him erasing his own 2004 record of 16:30.83.
Rehan Poncha (2:11.22) won men's 200m Individual Medley Gold, eclipsing the record held by J Abhijit of India who had timed 2:11.27 in 1995.
Virdhaval Khade had his moment of glory in the 100m freestyle where the Indian clocked 52.71 to win the Gold and, in the process, overwrite the previous record of 53.53 held by another Indian Sujith Ta.
In women's 200m backstroke, Fariha Zaman also joined the party, setting a new record of 2:31.49 for the Gold and she bettered Nishal Milet's 1990 record of 2:31.96. Madhavi Giri won the Silver in the event, clocking 2:32.45.
Arjun Muralidharan didn't lag behind either and he timed 2:05.06 for the Gold with a record-breaking effort to finish ahead of compatriot Rehan Poncha (2:07.33), who saw his 2004 record of 2:07.10 being broken by his compatriot.
In women's 400m freestyle, the fight for the Gold was between the Indian duo of Kishipra Mahajan (4:40.72) and Pooja Alva (4:42.98) which saw the former finishing on top.
Indian eves also ruled the pool in 800m freestyle relay where the quartet of Neerja Balakrishna, Surabhi Tipre, Kishitra Mahajan and Pooja Alva clocked 9:18:76 for the Gold. Sri Lanka and Pakistan bagged the Silver and the Bronze respectively UNI AY DH KP1950