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    India consolidates top position in CYG

    Pune (PTI): Double trap shooter Asher Noria stole the limelight as India consolidated their dominance in the third Commonwealth Youth Games with the shooters and wrestlers leading the gold rush on the fourth day in Pune on Wednesday.

    India added 11 more gold to yesterday's seven to lead the medal tally with 35 medals (18 gold, 10 silver, 7 bronze).

    Propelled by their strong performance in swimming where they picked up seven gold, Australia moved to second spot with 11 gold, five silver and nine bronze.

    England slipped from second to third with nine gold, five silver and four bronze medals to their kitty. Canada have two gold, seven silver and four bronze in the fourth spot.

    For India, shooting continued to fetch India glory with three gold and one bronze in the day.

    Noria not only shot a double trap gold for India today but in the process he bettered Athens silver medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's score by one bird.

    The 16-year-old, who picked up shooting four years ago, shot a total of 180 en route to the gold. His nearest rival Philip Smith ended eight birds behind.

    The wrestlers earned the country three gold, while weightlifters bagged one gold and one bronze. In swimming, India opened their account with one gold and two silver, all courtesy Olympian Virdhawal Khade.

    In table tennis, India bagged one gold and one silver. Table tennis is assured to fetch another gold and silver for the country with the men's doubles final witnessing an all Indian affair.

    In athletics India bagged one gold, one silver and one bronze to end the day on a happy note at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi in Pune.


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