Assam took the lead in the medals table on Friday, the second day of the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022 thanks to six gold medals in the swimming events. Nagaland is yet to open an account.
Seven gold medals were on offer today, the first of the swimming competition, at Crinoline Swimming Pool here.
The only other gold was won by Manipur. Assam also bagged three silver and two bronze medals, while Manipur took four silver and two bronze. The other three bronze medals were all claimed by Tripura. Dishant Buragohain won gold in the 100m freestyle in a time of 56.16 seconds, followed by Angshuman Kashyap, also of Assam, in 56.66 seconds. Prasanta Poddar of Tripura was third in 59.75 seconds.
The women’s 100m freestyle was won by Assam’s Jahnabi Kashyap (01:01.51), who was more than five seconds in front of Darshita Baruah (01:06.96) of Assam, with Dekalu Th Panmei (01:10.65) of Manipur following behind.
The men’s 50m breaststroke title was claimed by Manipur’s Ningombam Jeson Meitei (00:31.75) of Manipur, who was followed by Moiranthem Thouba Meitei (00:32.26) of Manipur and Mriganga Gogoi (00:32.51) of Assam. The women’s 50m breaststroke was won by Disha Gogoi (00:37.38) of Assam, with Nivrti Cherian Datta (00:39.34) of Assam second and Kangabam Kevashri Devi (00:40.72) of Manipur third.
In the women’s 100m backstroke, Assam’s Krishnali Doley (01:15.59) took gold, Laitonjam Jessica Chanu (01:16.79) of Manipur silver and Adriza Rani Chetia (01:24.73) of Assam bronze.
The 4x50m men’s freestyle relay was also won by Assam (01:44.19), with Manipur (01:49.46) second and Tripura (01:54.56) third. The 4x50m men’s freestyle relay ended in the same order with Assam (02:05.25) coming home first, Manipur (02:14.97) second and Tripura (02:32.22) third.
Meghalaya, Mizoram top tables in U-21 football
Meghalaya and Mizoram are seated at the top of Group 1’s and Group 2’s points table in the U-21 men’s football competition of the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022 which is underway here in Meghalaya.
Mizoram edged Manipur 1-0 on Friday evening at the MFA Turf in Polo Ground to secure top spot in Group 1. Mizoram will play Nagaland in the first semi at on Sunday, followed by Meghalaya versus Manipur under lights.
The only goal of the intense 90 minutes was scored by Mizoram striker Rohlupuia in the 50th minute in front of hundreds of passionate fans cheering on both sides. Nagaland had lost to Meghalaya 2-1 in the earlier game. Wadajied Kynsai Ryngkhlem put the hosts into the lead in the 29th minute before Everbrightson Mylliempdah increased the gap with a 62nd minute goal.
Nagaland reduced the deficit in the 88th minute but Meghalaya were able to see off the remaining minutes for the win.
All four teams had already secured their places in the semifinals but the group order was decided only today. Meanwhile, Sikkim secured a consolation third place in Group 2 with a highly entertaining 5-3 win over Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal held the lead on three separate occasions, scoring through Pungte Lapung (1’, 23’) and Bengia Bosco (68’) but Sikkim came back every time and found a sensational victory thanks to a string of goals in the last 10 minutes.
Their scorers were Sahil Chettry (10’), Rohit Gurung (42’), Pravin Rai (82’) and Crisnawag Sherpa (86’, 90’). Saturday will witness the last group stage matches in the U-17 women’s division, with Meghalaya taking on Arunachal in Group 2 at 11am before Sikkim face Assam at 3:30pm in Group 1.