Assam’s Shivangi Sarma and Karnataka’s Khushi Dinesh clinched two gold medals in the swimming pool events each as Maharashtra continued their domination on the eighth day of the Khelo India Youth Game 2020 on Friday. By the end of the day, the reigning champions held a five-gold lead over second-placed Haryana with 41 gold and 43 silver in a total of 149 medals.
However, the North Indian state will be happy to cross the 100-medal mark.
Many congratulations to #Haryana who become the 2nd state after leaders #Maharashtra to cross the 100 medal mark at the Khelo India Youth Games. #Haryana have won 34 gold, 34 silver and 36 bronze to currently occupy 2nd position.#KIYG2020 #KheloIndia #ChaloGuwahati @KirenRijiju pic.twitter.com/YQJqpqAjh9
— Khelo India (@kheloindia) January 17, 2020
Owing to their dominant performance in shooting and wrestling, Haryana are fast making headways in the table with 111 medals, of which 36 are gold.
Elsewhere, at the Bhogeswari Phukanani Indoor Stadium, Arunachal Pradesh’s 13-year-old weightlifter Golom Tinku helped the state grab its first gold medal of the season.
Initially, it felt as though it would be a tough ask for the youngster when he conceded a 6kg advantage to Madhavan Thirumurugan of Tamil Nadu halfway through the boys U-17 competition.
However, as his rival record a no lift with 3 failures, Golom completed a 116kg lift in clean and jerk to post 209kg and end up on the podium.
Assam’s Prabal Pratim Gogoi preferred to go for silver by lifting 117kg for a total of 207kg rather than risk finishing with bronze by chasing gold. Another Arunachal Pradesh lifter Sankar Lapung took bronze with 203kg in a pulsating competition.
Vibhuti Bhutia, Haryana’s pistol shooter teenager (U-21), along with Asian Youth silver medallist Shikha Narwhal (U-17) made their presence felt by winning gold medals in their respective 10m Air Pistol events.
In fact, Haryana’s dominance in the pistol events was such that the Harshada Nithave of Maharashtra was the only shooter to win a medal from a state other than Haryana on Friday.
However, Maharashtra stamped its authority in the 46kg, 57kg and 61kg girls’ freestyle divisions, Kalyani with Bhagyashri Hanumant Fand, Pandurang Gadekar, and Sonali Kondiba Mandalik, all winning gold medals on the wrestling mat.