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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The second edition of Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games proved to be a smash hit with the hosts as they won 45 gold medals of the available 68 on the third and concluding day of the meet on Monday.

Bangladesh athletes added another 10 gold to their previous 35 on the day, five more than the targetted 40 the organisers had set on the eve of the game.

Bangladesh and West Bengal won two gold medals each on Monday. Bangladesh won 11 golds compared to the visitors's five in shooting.

Bangladesh women clinched both the golds of 50 metre and 3X20m rifle individual and team events. Sabrina Sultana won the gold medal scoring 560 points. Sharmin Shilpa (557), Amrita Das of West Bengal (535) followed her with silver and bronze. Bangladesh scored 1649 points against 1052 points of West Bengal in the team event.

In men's 50 metre and 3X40 rifle event, West Bengal's Joydeep Bannerjee won gold with 1123 points. Bangladesh's MN Toufiq's 1118 and West Bengal's Pankaj Poddar's 1117 points earned them silver and bronze.

In the team event, West Bengal scored 3354 points and Bangladesh scored 3297. Bangladeshi swimmers won six out of 11 gold medals decided on the third day. The West Bengal side bagged five gold medals.

West Bengal's Monalisa Mondal emerged as the best individual performer winning seven gold medals. She also secured two more in team events. Overall Bangladesh won 18 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze medals and the visitors grabbed 14 golds, 17 silvers and 18 bronzes.

Dolly Akhter of Bangladesh won the day's first gold in women's 50m breaststroke with a record timing of 36.02 second. Kamal Hossain presented Bangladesh the second gold by winning the men's 50m breaststroke in 31.24 seconds. Monalisa was the best in women's 50 metre butterfly taking 31.13 seconds.

In the men's event, Jewel Ahmed clocked 26.44 seconds to be the best. In the women's 200-metre individual medley, Monalisa took two minutes 39.44 seconds to set a new record. Triparna Paul took two minutes and 26.86 seconds to finish first in the women's 200m freestyle and Nazmul Hossain of Bangladesh won gold clocking two minutes 5.46 seconds in the men's 200m event. Bangladesh also bagged the gold of men's football defeating their West Bengal opponents 2-1 in the third and final match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Atiqur Rahman Mishu scored a brace on 55 and 73 minutes while Lal Chhunawma scored the consolation in the 88th minute.

The female booters of Bangladesh were on cloud nine as they defeated their opponents 1-0 in the third and final match to tie the series 1-1. Sui Nu Marma scored the all important goal for the hosts.

Later Bangladesh girls won the penalty shootout 4-2 to taste their first success in any international meet.

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