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South Asian Games 2010- Dhaka

Pakistan’s Naseem Akhtar created history on Monday by becoming the fastest woman of the region when she won the 100-metre sprint gold medal at the South Asian Games.Pakistan’s Naseem Hameed stunned the spectators, while Indian athletes continued their winning spree – South Asian Games day-3

Dhaka, Bangladesh – 8 Feb 2010 : Naseem Hameed was the first woman track athlete from Pakistan to become a winner in South Asian Games after Long jumper Shabana Akhtar (Dhaka-1993) and High jumper Rehana Kausar (Kathmandu’99). 

The penultimate day of athletic competitions at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday witnessed Naseem, out of the blocks like a leopard and brushed aside the challenge from favourite Sri Lankan sprinters Priyadarshini and Dias. The 23 year-old from Rawalpindi ( Pakistan) clocked 11.81 secs, which equaled Sadaf Siddiqui’s national mark, to become the fastest woman of the Games. It was indeed an impressive performance considering her sixth place finish in the previous edition at Colombo in 2006.

Sri Lankan Shehan Abeypitiyage avenged his defeat in 200m on the opening day to Abdul Najeeb Qureshi of India, by lifting the men’s 100m crown today. His teammate Chamali Dilrukshi took the women’s long jump gold from favourites M.A. Prajusha and Reshmi Bose of India.

The Indians however quite satisfied with four gold medals they won on Monday through High jumper Harishankar Roy and distance runner Sunil Kumar besides two longer relay teams. With only the Marathon race on Tuesday remains to be decided, India already leads the table with 10 gold, 11 silver and 7 bronze medals, closely followed by Sri Lanka (8-7-6). 

Men: 100m: 1. Shehan Abeypitiyage (Sri) 10.46, 2. Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (Ind) 10.56, 3. Liaqat Ali (Pak) 10.63; 5000m: 1. Sunil Kumar (Ind) 14:23.83, 2. Mohammad Yunus (Ind) 14:24.22, 3. Chaminda Wijekoon (Sri) 14:47.68; High Jump: 1. Harishankar Roy (Ind) 2.16, 2. Nikhil Chittarasu (Ind) 2.13, 3. Nalin Priyantha (Sri) 2.13; 4x400m Relay: 1. India (Bibin Mathew, Binu K.M., Bineesh V.B. and Shake Mortaza) 3:08.62, 2. Sri Lanka 3:08.94, 3. Pakistan 3:16.70., 
Women: 100m: 1. Naseem Hameed (Pak) 11.81, 2. Pramila Priyadarshani (Sri) 11.93, 3. Achala Shalika Dias (Sri) 11.93; Long Jump: 1. Chamali Dilrukshi (Sri) 6.20, 2. Reshmi Bose (Ind) 6.09, 3. M.A. Prajusha (Ind) 5.96; 4x400m Relay: 1. India (Jauna Murmu, Ashwini A.C., Tiana Mary and Priyanka Pawar) 3:38.62, 2. Sri Lanka 3:44.81, 3. Bangladesh 3:52.29. ( Ram. Murali Krishnan for AAA )
Sri Lankans ruled day-2 of South Asian Games athletics, but lost prestigious 400mChandrika Subashini of Srilanka title to India

Dhaka – Bangladesh, 7 February 2010: The day
belongs to Sri Lanka as their athletes delivered noteworthy marks on track and field. They garnered four gold medals, three of them had come from their women. Chandrika Subashini, who won the 200m on the opening day, has added yet another gold to her kitty by taking the 400m today.

Her teammate Priyangika Madumanthi sailed comfortably in the women’s high jump and avenged her defeat to India’s Sahana Kumari in the South Asian championships at Kochi, two years ago. The Lankan athletes took the sprint relay titles in both men and women divisions but the Islanders surprisingly lost the men’s 400m, an event which was under their clutches for a long time. 

Quarter-miler Bibin Mathew, fourth at last year’s Asian championships in Guangzhou, pushed the fancied Prasanna Sampath Amarasekara to win the above event. Further, the young and upcoming hurdler Gayathry Govindaraj, the double silver medalist in the Commonwealth Youth Games at Pune two years ago, brought cheers to the Indian camp as she clinched the 100m hurdles in 13.98 secs. Host’s Sumita Rani was just 1/100th of a second behind for the silver. 

The men’s high hurdles title as well as triple jump gold went to Pakistan. 

Men: 400m: 1. Bibin Mathew (Ind) 47.25, 2. Prasanna S. Amarasekara (Sri) 47.36, 3. Shake Mortaja (Ind) 47.53; 110m Hurdles: 1. Mohsin Ali (Pak) 14.56, 2. Sandeep Parmar (Ind) 14.76, 3. P. Muthuswamy (Ind) 14.88; Triple Jump: 1. Zafar Iqbal (Pak) 16.05, 2. Saurabh Singh (Ind) 15.27, 3. Nishan Kumara (Sri) 15.19; Javelin Throw: 1. Kashinath Naik (Ind) 74.27, 2. Muhammad Imran (Pak) 73.38, 3. Samarjeet Singh (Ind) 71.65; 4x100m Relay: 1. Sri Lanka (J.I. Fernando, S. Saearuwan, A. Hasaranga, S. Weerasuriya) 40.02, 2. India (M. Qureshi, Arunjith, Naseema Manzile and Ritesh Anand) 40.18, 3. Maldives 41.39;
Women:400m: 1. Chandrika Subasini (Sri) 54.27, 2. Priyanka Pawar (Ind) 54.98, 3. A.C. Ashwini (Ind) 55.51; 100m Hurdles: 1. G. Gayathry (Ind) 13.98, 2. Sumita Rani (Ban) 13.99, 3. Jasmin Akhter (Ban) 14.05; High Jump: 1. Priyangika Madumanthi (Sri) 1.81, 2. Sahana Kumari (Ind) 1.79, 3. Dulangalee Kumari (Sri) 1.72; 4x100m Relay: 1. Sri Lanka (Priyadarshini, A. Dias, S. Buddika, P. Priyadarshini) 46.33, 2. Bangladesh 46.80, 3. Pakistan 47.16. ( Ram. Murali Krishnan for AAA)
T. Balamurugan of India ( on right)South Asian Games Athletics- Day 1: India Dominates, Basharat Ali successfully defends SAG discus title
Dhaka, Bangladesh – 6 Feb 2010 : Pakistani discus thrower Basharat Ali successfully defended his title as the athletic competitions of 11th South Asian Games commenced at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday.

Ali, who won his first title in Colombo four years ago with a national record 55.10m, could muster only 52.43m this time. But it was sufficient for him to earn the top spot and halt India’s gold rush in this event for one more time.

The Indians however successful in many events despite fielding junior and second-line athletes as they grab three out of six finals decided on the opening day. Abdul Najeeb Qureshi posted a personal best 21.16 secs to outsprint arch-rival Shehan Abeypitiyage of Sri Lanka in 200m. 

T. Balamurugan, the inaugural south Asian junior champion in 400m hurdles, held off the challenge from Pakistan’s Nawaz Haq, while Indian long jumper Mohammed Ibrar won his maiden international medal. Chaminda Wijekoon have become the first Sri Lankan metric miler to win the men’s 1500m as his teammate Chandrika Subashini live up her nation’s tradition by taking the gold in 200m, the only women’s final of the day.

Results: Men: 200m: 1. Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (Ind) 21.16, 2. Shehan Abeypitiyage (Sri) 21.19, 3. Liaqat Ali (Pak) 21.27; 1500m: 1. Chaminda Wijekoon (Sri) 4:10.01, 2. Sunil Kumar (Ind) 4:10.57, 3. P.H. Chamal (Sri) 4:10.97; 400m hurdles: 1. T. Balamurugan (Ind) 52.24, 2. Nawaz Haq (Pak) 52.52, 3. Avin A. Thomas (Ind) 52.52; Long Jump: 1. Mohammad Ibrar (Ind) 7.44, 2. Nayana Dharmaratne (Sri) 7.25, 3. Ali Amin (Ban) 7.19; Discus Throw: 1. Basharat Ali (Pak) 52.43, 2. Simranjeet Singh (Ind) 49.18, 3. Azharul Islam (Ban) 44.98;
Women: 200m: 1. Chandrika Subashini (Sri) 24.49, 2. Pramila Priyadarshini (Sri) 24.63, 3. Jauna Murmu (Ind) 24.87. (Ram. Murali Krishnan for AAA)

South Asian Games 2010- Dhaka 
The 2010 South Asian Games is a major multi-sport event, scheduled to take place from January 29 to February 9, 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This will be the third time that the Bangladeshi capital hosts the Games, thus becoming the 4th city to host the Games multiple times (after Colombo, Kathmandu and Islamabad). It is also expected to be the largest sporting event ever in the history of Bangladesh. 
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