India opened its medal account in the 13th South Asian Games (SAG) with one gold, two silver, and a bronze in the triathlon event on the opening day of competitions in Nepal on Monday.
Adarsha M N Sinimol gave India the first gold by winning the men’s individual triathlon event while compatriot Bishworjit Srikhom took the silver in a 1-2 finish for the country.
Thoudam Sorojini Devi and Mohan Pragnya added a silver and a bronze in the women’s individual event.
The individual triathlon event consists of continuous three legs of 750m swim, 20km bike race and a 5km run. The first athlete to complete the course is declared the winner.
Sinimol clocked 01:02.51 secs to win the gold in men’s event while Bishworjit was second with a time of 01:02:59. Basanta Tharu of Nepal took the bronze in 01:03:06.
In the women’s individual event, Sarojini clocked 01:14:00 to finish second behind Sony Gurung of Nepal who took the gold at 01:13:45. Another Indian, Pragnya clocked 01:14:57 to win the bronze.
India is being represented by 487 athletes in more than 15 disciplines.