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India continues strong show, bags 5 more medals in CYG

Indians continued their strong show in the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games by bagging five medals, including two gold, on the second day of competitions here on Tuesday.

Weightlifter Deepak Lather (boys 62kg category) and javelin thrower Mohd <g data-gr-id="37">Hadish</g> bagged a gold each in their respective events while <g data-gr-id="38">Jisna</g> Mathew won a silver in girls 400m race. Chandan <g data-gr-id="39">Bauri</g> (boys 400m) and Velavan Senthilkumar (boys squash singles) won a bronze each to continue India’s medal haul on the second day.

With five medals on Tuesday, India’s count swelled to four gold, two silver and two bronze and occupied the fifth spot in the tally after Australia, South Africa, England and New Zealand at the end of the second day. Indians had won two gold and one silver on the opening day of competitions on Monday. 15-year-old weightlifter Lather gave the gold to India in boys 62kg category as he lifted a total of 258kg with 120kg in snatch and 138kg in clean and jerk. His effort in snatch was a new CYG record.

Indian track and field athletes took part in three finals on the second day of competitions and all of them delivered personal best performances while winning a medal each in their respective events.
Javelin thrower Mohd <g data-gr-id="40">Hadish</g>, a silver medallist in the inaugural Asian Youth Championships at Doha earlier this year, proved to be a cut above the rest in the field as he set out the spear to a <g data-gr-id="41">whooping</g> distance of 79.29m in securing the gold.

Although he marginally missed the Games Record of 81.53m set by South African Morne Moolman in the last edition held at <g data-gr-id="31">Isle of Man</g> in 2011, the Indian thrower dominated the field as the second placed George Davies from England stood a distant 68.23m for the silver medal.

Quarter-milers <g data-gr-id="25">Jisna</g> Mathew and Chandan <g data-gr-id="26">Bauri</g> also gave their best efforts in winning a bronze each.

<g data-gr-id="27">Jisna</g>, an upcoming athlete from the stables of legendary P T Usha and another Doha silver medallist, clocked an impressive 53.14 secs to settle for silver in the girls’ 400m final. She missed the gold in just 5/100th of a second to Jamaican <g data-gr-id="28">Junelle</g> Bromfield. 
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