India opened its medal account in the 13th South Asian Games with one gold, two silver and a bronze in the triathlon event on the opening day of competitions in Pokhara on Monday.

Adarsha MN 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. 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, Sorojini clocked 01:14:00 to finish second behind Sony Gurung of Nepal who took the gold in 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.