Virudhunagar: Three spectacular saves by goalkeeper Nithyanand in the penalty shoot-out helped Salem defeat Tiruvallur 3-0 and enter the quarterfinals of the 48th State senior inter-district football championship. At the regulation time the teams were locked goalless. Saravanan, Meyyappan and Kumaravel scored for Salem in the penalty shoot-out, while its goalkeeper Nithyanand saved the attempts of Anandraj, Praveenraj and Viswanath.

The results: Pre-quarterfinals: Salem 3 (Saravanan, Meyyappan, Kumaravel) bt Tiruvallur 0; Coimbatore 3 (Rajkumar, Muniraj 2) bt Nilgiris 1 (Yogaraj).

Second round: Sivagangai 2 (P.L. Ramkumar, Somasundaram) bt Tirunelveli 1 (Sebastil); Krishnagiri 2 (A. Feroze, V.K. Murali) bt Namakkal 1 (Anil Chandran).

Double for Gnhanathan

G. Gnhanathan of Melur won two golds (200m breaststroke and individual medley) in the Madurai District rural inter-Block swimming meet.

The results: Men: 100m: Freestyle: S. Abishek (Madurai East); backstroke: A. Paranguandram (ME); breaststroke: J. Dinesh Pandian (MW); butterfly: J. Dinesh Pandian; 200m: freestyle: K. Ramesh Babu (Tirupparamkundram); backstroke: V. Aravindram (MW); breaststroke: G. Gnhanathan (Melur); butterfly: S. Ramesh Pandi (ME); I.M: G. Guhanathan; 400m: I.M: V. Aravindran; freestyle: K. Ramesh Babu; 800 m: freestyle: A.G. Chakravarthi (ME).

Women: 100m freestyle: J. Deepika (ME); backstroke: J. Deepika; breaststroke: R. Divayshin; butterfly: M.S. Bhavitra (ME); 200m: freestyle: K. Vysali (ME); backstroke: P. Pakiam (M. West); breaststroke: S. Benita Yazhini (MW); butterfly: S. Benita Yazhini. 200m I.M: R. Divyashri; 400m: freestyle: K. Vysali; I.M: M.S. Bhavitra.

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