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Silver for Mandar, Nisha

Africa's Charlton Lawson on his way to winning the 1,500m gold in the in the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad on Tuesday. — Photo: K.R. Deepak

Africa's Charlton Lawson on his way to winning the 1,500m gold in the in the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad on Tuesday. — Photo: K.R. Deepak  

Africa's Charlton Lawson on his way to winning the 1,500m gold in the in the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad on Tuesday. — Photo: K.R. Deepak

HYDERABAD OCT. 28. Mandar Anand Divse and Nisha Millet took the second spot in the men's and women's sections respectively of the swimming competition in the Afro-Asian Games at the Swarnandhra Pradesh Sports Complex pool in Gachibowli here on Tuesday evening.

Mandar Anand clinched the silver in the 1,500m freestyle with a timing of 16:49.75s, while the gold medal went to Charlton Lee Lawson of South Africa (16:43.83s) and Steven Alex Mangroo of Seychelles (17:29.44s) settled for bronze.

India bagged the third silver of the day in the 4x100m medley women's relay with Shikha Tandon, D. Mrudula, Richa Misra and Reshma Millet settling for second place behind gold medallist Africa and ahead of Philippines. This was an interesting fare as only three teams — India, Philippines and Africa — were in the fray. So was the case in the men's 4 x 100 m relay freestyle where India settled for bronze.

For 17-year-old Mandar Anand Divse, it was the first medal in the seniors category. In the last Dubai Asian age group championship he settled for two bronze medals. Incidentally, he was also the 32nd National Games gold medallist with a much better timing of 16:39.00s.

In the women's section, one of the star attractions, Nisha Millet, delighted the near-capacity crowd with a brilliant performance to pick the silver in the 400m freestyle race with a timing of 4:31.33s. "I am definitely disappointed that I could not cross the Olympic qualifying mark of 4:24.00 but I will be soon going to Australia for an intensive training schedule as part of the Olympics preparations," Millet said.

And, the gold in the 400m women's freestyle was won by Hua Chen of China (4:25.90). The other main news from the event was the handicapped South African swimmer, Nathalie Dutoit, picked up her second medal of the Games by taking bronze with a timing of 4:32.53s. "These should really help us in our preparations ahead of the Athens Olympics. The morale is certainly high despite the major handicap of swimming with just one leg," she said.

The results:

400m freestyle: Women: 1. Hua Chen (Chn) 4:25.90s, 2. Nisha Millet (Ind) 4:31.33, 3. Nathalie Dutoit (RSA) 4:32.53. 1,500m freestyle: Men: 1. Charlton Lee Lawson (RSA) 16:43.83, 2. Mandar Anand Divse (Ind) 16:49.75, 3. Steven Alex Mangroo (Seychelles) 17:29.44.

200m breaststroke: Men: 1. Genki Imamura (Jpn) 2:17.04, 2. Sofian Daid (Alg) 2:17.88, 3. Malik Fall (Sen) 2:20.56. Women: 1. Hiroka Sakamoto (Jpn) 2:33.50, 2. Ingrid Gail Haiden (RSA) 2:35.62, 3. Cho A Ra (Kor) 2:37.53.

4x100m relay freestyle: Men: Africa (Nabil Kebab, Nicholas Wilson, Slimani Aghiles, Mahrez Mebarek) 3:30.45, 2. China (Quyang Kunpeng, Lin Yi Chen Zuo, Zeng Qiliang) 3:44.82, 3. India (Deepak Kumar Singh, N.A. Krishna, Parikshit Shetty, Sujith) 3:45.42. 4x100m medley relay: Women: 1. Africa (Obia Inyenginikabo, Ingrid Haiden, Lauren Sparg, Christine Zwiegers) 4:24.58, 2. India (Shikha Tandon, D. Mrudula, Reshma Millet, Richa Misra) 4:37.51, 3. Philippines (Liane Marquez, Aphrodite Magbanalav, Marinela Arabejo, Nicole Santiago) 4:05.15.

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