Asian Age Group swimming: Ramananda Sharma bags diving gold

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Indian divers bag 1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze on the opening day of diving events at 10th Asian Age Group Championships in Bengaluru; India’s medal tally surges to 57 medals

Bengaluru, September 28: India’s Ramananda Sharma won the host nation’s first gold medal in diving at the on-going 10th Asian Age Group Championships being held at Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru. A trainee of Army Sports Institute in Pune, 21-year-old Sharma secured 300.80 points in the 1metre springboard event for open category men to win the gold while his compatriot Siddharth Pradeshi bagged the bronze medal with a total score of 272.25 points. Valipour Mojtaba of Iran took home the silver medal in this event.

Indian divers also added three silver medals to India’s total tally of 52 medals won in swimming which comprised of 15 gold, 19 silver and 18 bronze medals. “It’s extremely exciting to participate and also win in front of our home crowd. We have been training under Cuban coach Salazar Despaigne who was a semifinalist at the Sydney Olympics in 3m springboard. We have improved tremendously under him and we are confident of a good show here,” stated Ramananda Sharma after winning his gold medal. Sharma had won 1 gold and 1 silver in the previous edition of Asian Age Group Championships held in Uzbekistan while Pradeshi had won 3 gold medals.

In the 3m synchronised diving for men (group A and B combined), Satish Kumar Prajapati and N Willson Singh bagged a silver medal with a total score of 217.26 ahead of Thailand’s Thitipoom Maskin and Conrad Yoseph who scored 216.75. Yang Ling and Zhu Yongxin of China won gold in this event.

Palak Sharma of India won silver in 1m springboard for girls group C with total points of 186.70 points while Sudirman Nur Nufidah of Indonesia bagged the gold and Wai Ki-Chan Hong Kong won bronze. In the same event for group C boys, Invider Sairem of India won silver with total points of 269.45 while Sugimoto Ruon of Japan won gold (274.65 points) and Jamshidi Mohammad of Iran (232.70) won bronze.

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