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Since 1st March, 1999
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Taniya Ganguly leads Bengalís golden day
- Paddlers, Mir complete four-gold haul

Hyderabad: Bengal had a good day at the 32nd National Games on Wednesday bagging four gold medals. While Taniya Ganguly clinched top spot in 3 metre springboard diving, the menís and womenís table tennis teams beat Tamil Nadu and Akbar Ali Mir won the 100 m butterfly.

Eighteen-year-old Taniya accumulated a total of 349.65 points. Her effort was, however, nowhere near the Games record of 407.70 points established by Goaís Annika Madgavkar in 1997. Vidita Powle of Maharashtra took the silver with 349.10 points and Ashwini Mohite of Karnataka the bronze with 341.60 points.

Taniya, a junior clerk working with the Railways in Calcutta, said, ďI am happy I had won the gold, but could not break the record. The weather was cold here and I could not practice properlyĒ she said.

The Bengal women paddlers, defending champions, beat Tamil Nadu 3-1 to win gold in the table tennis team event.

Though Tamil Nadu took the lead when N.R. Indu beat Anandita Chakraborty 13-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5, Bengal roared back when Mouma Das brushed aside T. Pradeepa 11-9, 12-10, 12-10. Poulami Ghatak then beat M.S. Maithili 7-11, 11-9 11-6 11-9. Mouma completed Tamil Naduís misery winning 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6.

Assam and Maharashtra shared the bronze medal.

For the Bengal menís table tennis team Sourav Chakraborty pipped Sharath Kamal 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-2, 13-11 to go into the lead before S. Raman beat Arup Basak 11-8, 11-8, 12-14, 11-7.

Bengal went ahead again when Shibaji Dutta won 5-11, 2-11, 12-10, 11-3, 12-10. Raman again helped Tamil Nadu draw level once again beating Sourav Chakraborty 12-10, 11-8, 11-4.

In the decider, Basak pulled off an 11-7, 6-11, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 win over Kamal.

Mir bagged Bengalís fourth gold of the day winning the 100 m butterfly stroke event with a new meet record time of 0:57.38 seconds, improving upon the previous record of 0:57.80 seconds held by Sureshkumar of Kerala.

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