Clean sweep for India in volleyball

The Indian men’s team warded off a strong challenge from Sri Lanka to clinch the volleyball gold medal to add to the women’s triumph, against the same nation, here on Monday.

The women's team dominated Sri Lanka and the 25-14, 25-21, 25-14 score-line truly indicated the host’s superiority.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

The Indian men's volleyball team celebrating the gold medal performance.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

The Indian men’s team warded off a strong challenge from Sri Lanka to clinch the volleyball gold medal to add to the women’s triumph, against the same nation, here on Monday.

Captain Gurinder Singh and the seasoned Prabagaran provided the impetus against a determined Sri Lanka. India won the first game 25-19 with relative ease. Sri Lanka switched to a more attacking mode in the second, establishing a 7-4 lead first and 18-16 later. With the tall G. R. Vaishnav making his presence felt at the net, India came up with effective blocks and followed it up with winning smashes from Prabagaran and Naveen Raja Jacob to reel off five consecutive points. The host sustained the momentum to win the game 25-22.

In the third, Sri Lanka took an 8-5 lead as Shamil Malinda Silva and Romesh Ranawaka produced some spectacular smashes to leave the Indian defence in tatters. Sri Lanka had game-point at 24-22, but the confident Indians were in no mood to give up. A solid block and a good finish from Jacob made it 24-24 before India cashed in on the initiative to win 28-26.

The women played more cohesively, dominating Sri Lanka right from the start. The 25-14, 25-21, 25-14 score-line truly indicated the host’s superiority.

Jeevan wins 100km road race

Sri Lankan Jeevan Manjula Jayasinghe Silva won the men’s 100km individual road race with a timing of 2:25:38.650, with Indian Pankaj Kumar picking up the silver. Bidyaluxmi Tourangbam, Lidiyamol Sunny Menamparambil and N. Geethu Raj completed a clean sweep for India in the women’s 80km event.

The results: Volleyball: Men: Final: India bt Sri Lanka 25-19. 25-22, 28-26; Third place: Pakistan bt Maldives 25-17, 25-19, 25-13.

Women: Final: India bt Sri Lanka 25-14, 25-21, 25-14; Third place: Nepal bt Maldives 25-20, 25-14, 25-13.

Cycling: Men’s 100km individual road race: 1. Jeevan Manjula Jayasinghe Silva (Sri) 2:25:38.650, 2. Pankaj Kumar (Ind), 3. Nisar Ahmed (Pak) (only the first finisher’s timing counted).

Women’s 80km individual road race: Bidyaluxmi Tourangbam (Ind) 2:30:55.350, 2. Lidiyamol Sunny Menamparambil (Ind), 3. N. Geethu Raj (Ind).