Khelo India 2020: Maharashtra and Haryana neck and neck in medal tally with 17 Golds

News Bharati    14-Jan-2020
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Guwahati, January 14: Maharastra and Harayana are neck to neck in the medal tally of Khelo India Youth Games at Guwahati. The defending champions, Maharashtra yesterday picked up five gold to manage a tally of total 76 medals with 17 gold and maintained the top spot. Haryana also won 17 gold with total 47 medal. Delhi and Gujarat occupied the third and fourth spots.

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Defending champions Maharashtra were well served by U-21 gymnast Aditee Ajit Dandekar and their 4x100m relay quartet but they could only watch as Haryana went for the kill across sports.

Haryana dominated kabaddi but were surprisingly taken to the wire by Himachal Pradesh in the women's U-21 final. The hill state rallied from a six-point deficit at half-time to tie the scores at 27-27 at the end of regulation time.

Last year's runners-up Haryana had to dig deep into the reserves of their experience to sneak home in extra-time.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu stole the limelight in athletics, with an equally impressive five-gold show. Kerala's Ancy Sojan too made an impact, anchoring her state's U-21 4x100m relay squad to collect her third gold medal of the Games.

Three of Tamil Nadu's gold medals came in jumps, through S Saran (men's U-21 long jump), Pavithra (women's U-21 pole vault) and Babisha (women's U-21 triple jump). Their gold tally has swelled to seven from track and field, taking them to the fifth place with 8 golds out of 25 medals. Delhi and Gujarat occupied the third and fourth spots.
Haryana dominated archery too, winning seven medals including 3 golds. Himani Kumari, who missed out on a medal in Pune last year, claimed the women's U-21 title with an easy win in the final.
Tisha Punia, a quarter-finalist last time, beat her team-mate Tamanna in the U-17 final while Ridhi took the bronze to ensure a sweep for them in this category.
Madhya Pradesh's compound archers Muskan Kirar (women's U-21) and Chirag Vidyarthi (boys U-17) bettered their last year's performances to bag gold medals this time. Chirag Vidyarthi had to hold his nerves in securing a 1-point win against Rajasthan's Rajesh Bishnoi.

Haryana cyclist Anil Manglaw secured the most comfortable victory in the road races held on Monday. Assam's Gongutri Bordoloi won the women''s U-21 road race (60km) in a stirring finish that saw the podium finishers separated only by 0.15 seconds. Similarly, Delhi's Arshad Farid and Maharashtra's Pooja Danole outsprinted their rivals in the U-17 races but only just.
Gujarat's Rushiraj Jadeja, a student of the District Level Sports School in Ahmedabad, finished sixth in qualification but came into his own to win the boys U-21 10m air rifle gold from home favourite Hridhay Hazarika. Parth Makhija (Delhi), who topped qualifying with 630.6, finished fifth, three sub-10 shots hurting him.
Rudraksh Patil (Maharashtra) took the other gold on offer in the shooting ranges on Monday, the 10m air rifle for boys U-17 with a consistent showing both in qualifying (627.2 points) and in the final where he beat Keval Prajapati (Gujarat) quite comfortably.
Gujarat's judokas showed their growing prowess on the mat to win three of the eight gold medals on offer in the U-21 competition. Seven of the state's 10 gold medals have come from the Judo competition.
While Gujarat's sustained efforts to rake in medals hogged the limelight, Mizoram's Chinglinmawaii caught attention by winning the women's U-21 52kg class for her state's second gold in all.