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Medal rush at special Games

A bunch of young go-getters has given us seventeen reasons to feel special.

The 18-member Team Jharkhand has bagged six gold, seven silver and four bronze medals at the 3rd National Games (for all disabilities), which concluded in Ajmer, Rajasthan, on Friday.

Ranchi’s Soni Kumari blazed a trail of gold on the 100m tracks, while Hema Kumari — also from the capital — followed suit in softball. Their Ranchi district mate Puja slotted home the coveted yellow metal in 200m sprint.

Seraikela-Kharsawan’s Apurva Nayak brought the fourth gold to the state kitty with his shot put skills. While Giridih boy Munna Ansari bagged the 100m gold, East Singhbhum lad Vivek Vishal was the first to finish in 200m.

Team captain Anurag Chakraborty of East Singhbhum started the silver streak with his 100m sprint, while district mate Sourav Banerjee finished second in the badminton singles. Md Mosabbir, also from East Singhbhum, won the 200m silver.

Hazaribagh girl Usha will boast the 100m silver, while Sunita Jojo of Lohardaga finished second in shot put to add another medal. The pair of Ramgarh’s Prashant Sinha and Hazaribagh’s Rajesh Sinha also won silver in the badminton doubles.

Suman Kumari from Hazaribagh won the bronze in eve shot put and district mate Abha Kishori pulled off a similar feat in the 200m race. Ranchi’s Sheetal Kumari claimed the softball bronze, whereas Bhola Behra of East Singhbhum brought bronze glory in the boys’ badminton singles.

Special Olympics Jharkhand president T.V. Narendran and area director Bailey Bodhanwala congratulated all the athletes.

Satbir Singh Sahota, assistant area director, said: “Our team has done a splendid job. The medal winners will be sent to the national camps being organised by Special Olympics Bharat. They will get a chance to be selected for the World Summer Olympics scheduled in Los Angeles in 2015.”