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Last day of karate tie

Jamshedpur, Jan. 18: The concluding day of 26th National Karate Championship today saw a neck-to-neck battle between Assam and Madhya Pradesh (MP) for the crown, even as the event continued late into the night at the twin venues of New Badminton Hall and Mohan Ahuja Stadium.

At the time of filing this report, Assam was leading the table with 23 medals — 9 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze. MP, however, had closed in with 22 medals — 9 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze. The scale could tilt in anybody’s favour as a number of events were left.

Amrit Munda representing hosts Jharkhand bagged a kata gold in the boys’ 8-9 years group today, while state mate Amarpreet Kaur won a kumite silver in the girls’ 14-15 years section. In all, Jharkhand has so far won five medals — 2 gold, as many silver and a bronze.

“Several events are still left. More than 800 participants are competing in the national meet that may continue till late night,” a senior functionary of Karate-Do Association of Jharkhand said.

Assam added four more yellow medals in the girls’ section today through the efforts of Mainu Saikia (kumite 14-15 age group, 47 kg), Junmani (kumite 14-15 age group, 54 kg), Priyanka Saikia (kumite 16-17 age group, 48 kg) and Kamala Borah (kumite 16-17 age group, 54 kg). The North-eastern state also bagged a team silver in the boys’ section and four bronze in girls’ category.

The MP outfit clinched five gold medals today, including those won by Shalini Sen (kumite 16-17 age group, 53 kg) and Jigyasa Kachi (kata 7-8 age group). Besides a silver medal, the MP team also won four bronze medals today.


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