Indian golfer Udayan Mane tamed windy conditions to put himself in medal contention with a superb six-under 66, which left him tied third midway through the Asian Games golf tournament, here on Friday.
Mane, one of the four players to card 66 in the second round, is eight-under 136 and three shots behind the new leader, local 17-year-old lad Youm Eunho.
Eunho added a 66 to his first round 67 to get to 11-under while overnight leader Cheng Tsung Pan (69) moved to nine-under 135 but slipped to second place.
Mane (70-66) was third alongside another Korean Yu Chun An (70-66). While the 23-year-old Bangalore golfer Mane (70-66) was well-placed at third, Manu Gandas (71-69) moved up well from overnight tied 20th to inside top-10 at eighth place. Feroz Garewal (70-73) was tied 21st and Samarth Dwivedi (71-73) was tied 25th.
The Indian team was still in fifth place, Taipei maintained the top spot with a total of 408 after two rounds and a big lead of seven strokes over defending champions Korea (415).
Thailand (417) and China (417) were tied for third with India another two strokes behind at 419 in fifth. On the women's side, Gurbani Singh was the pick among India with a card of even par 72, while Aditi Ashok carded 75 and Astha Madan 79.
Individually Gurbani (75-72) was 15th, while Aditi Ashok (78-75) was 22nd and Astha Madan (75-79) was 22nd. Indian women stayed eighth in team standings where Thailand (271) held a five-shot lead over Korea (276) and China were third at 282.
Starting from the back nine, Mane was in excellent form with three-under 33 on either side and had seven birdies against one bogey. He opened with a bogey on 10th, but made no mistakes thereafter.