Shillong, Nov 13: With three days still to go, the race for the overall champions title at the 2nd North East Olympic Games is hotting up, with Manipur closing the gap on Assam for first place, while hosts Meghalaya leapfrogged Mizoram for provisional fourth place.

As of 10PM tonight, Assam had won 34 gold, 29 silver and 19 bronze, ahead of second-placed Manipur who have 31 gold, 26 silver and 25 bronze. Arunachal Pradesh remain in third place with a total of 14 bronze, 13 silver and 18 bronze medals.

Up until yesterday, Meghalaya had acquired just 1 gold through cycling but were able to accomplish the jump to fourth thanks to a rich haul of 5 gold medals in the athletics events that began today, 1 in golf, two (Nangkitbok Songthiang and one other) in wushu and one (Prem Chettri) in judo.

Assam, meanwhile, continued to dominate in the pool, winning all 4 events held today.

Tripura also earned their first taste of the yellow metal, with two golds in judo, which began at the Laban SC Indoor Stadium today. Their winners were Indrani Das and Uma Begum.

Manipur caught up with Assam thanks to a string of gold medals on the final day of the taekwondo competition at the Assam Rifles Indoor Stadium, winning 5 today alone.

(DIPR photo)

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