With a total of 308 medals, the Indian team at South Asian Games 2016 were crowned overall champions on Tuesday. Sri Lanka finished second, with 25 golds and 186 medals in total, while Pakistan was in the third place with a medal count of 106.
The final medal tally at the end of the 11-day long multi-sport event looked as follows:
Women boxers and judokas sparkled on the final day, ensuring victory for India.
Women boxers M C Mary Kom, L Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani won all three gold medals in their respective weight categories, and the judokas bagged two gold and two silver medals.
India had won 175 medals in the South Asian Games, 2010, in Dhaka.
The South Asian Games are the regional Games of the Olympic Council of Asia, in which athletes of South Asian countries participate. They were first hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1984. They took place from February 5 to 16 in Guwahati and Shillong this year, with eight participating nations – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Other than the extraordinary sweep by women boxers, these were the other highlights of the Games:
Indian men boxers won all seven gold medals on offer in the Games on Monday.
Indian women bagged gold medal in Kabaddi after defeating Bangladesh.
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India clinched gold in Taekwondo in all categories.
The Indian women football team bagged gold by defeating Nepal.
Kavita Raut qualified for Rio Olympics after winning gold in the women’s marathon event.
The glittering closing ceremony.