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Mahesh-Girdharilal do India proud

Nandakumar Marar

The duo finishes with 10.9 points to clinch gold

— Photo: Vivek Bendre

GOLDEN MOMENT: R. Mahesh (left) and Girdharilal Yadav pose with the tri-colour.

MUMBAI: Commander R. Mahesh and Girdharilal Yadav (crew) became the pride of India by winning the first ever Military World Games sailing gold medal at the 4th CISM Military World Games on Friday. The experienced, talented Indian duo won the day’s only race, finishing the eight-race competition with 10.9 points, ahead of France (19) and Spain (25).

With wind conditions again tricky, only one of the scheduled three races was possible at Indian Navy Watermanship

Training Centre, Colaba.

Though we had a comfortable lead going into the final race, we did not want to leave anything to chance. We got off to a good start and managed to hold the edge throughout. Our eyes were on France, but by the second lap we had opened up a huge lead so were never really threatened,” said Mahesh.

The MWG gold caps a successful international career, after medals at the Asian Games in Doha and Busan respectively.

He talked about the contribution from crew Yadav, “He was exceptional as a crew member, hardworking and completely dedicated to his job.” The two Indian Enterprise class sailors have been together for the past two years.

French manager Benjamin Diovris expressed disappointment at his team not getting three races to sail on the concluding day.

He however acknowledged that the Indian team was the most consistent team in the fray.

Final positions (after 8 races with one discard): 1. India (R. Mahesh/Girdharilal Yadav) 10.9 points; 2. France (Nicolas Pauchet/Besson Billy) 19; 3. Spain (Jose Medina Ruiz/Francisco Soto Loureiro) 27.

4. Finland (Anttila Teemu/Tamminem Sami) 28; 5. Russia (Andrey Kiriljuk/Maksim Semerhanov) 52.

6. Germany (Lucas Zellmer/Heiko Seelig) 57, 7. Norway(Bratbak Pal/Johansen Anders) 58; 8. Greece (Vasilas Georgios/Mitakis Evangelos) 61.

9. Turkey (Selim Kakis/Koroglu Ahmet) 61; 10. Poland (Mysliweic Wojoceich/Kaminski Jremeusr) 65.

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