Ending the tournament on a high, the Maharashtra Under-17 and Under-21 gymnastics teams walked away with the overall title in both categories by a comfortable margin ahead of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
In all, Maharashtra finished with 14 gold medals (U-17 five and U-21) nine at the gymnastics event in Khelo India Youth Games 2019, a media release said.
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Maharashtra topped the U-17 medal tally with 21 medals (Golds-5, Silver-7 and Bronze-9), followed by Uttar Pradesh with 10 medals and West Bengal with four (G-4). Also, Maharashtra took the U-21 championship with a total of 18 medals (Golds-9, Silver-6, and Bronze-3). West Bengal finished second with 11 medals while Uttar Pradesh was third with six.
Maharashtra gymnastics team head coach Mahendra Babhulkar credited the strong performance to the fact that they had the opportunity to practice at the host complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi days before the event.
Maharashtra leads the overall medal tally race, too
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Hosts Maharashtra picked crucial gold medals in almost every discipline as it continued its march in the Khelo India Youth Games.
The hosts, powered by four gold each from swimming and gymnastics, also picked more gold from athletics, badminton and judo to race away past the 50-mark for gold medals.
They now have 56 gold along with 44 silver and 56 bronze medals for a whopping total of 156 medals, a media release said.
Just behind is Delhi, who now has 45 gold, 27 silver and 38 bronze medals, while Haryana has 33 gold, 34 silver and 36 bronze medals.
Stars of the day: Abhinav, Mehuli, Devanshi, Aditi and Arik Dey
Among the individual stars of the day, 10-year-old Abhinav Shaw stood out as he teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to take the gold in the 10m Air Rifle mixed team event. Shaw became the youngest gold medallist at these Games.
Devanshi, daughter of former pistol legend Jaspal Rana, stole the limelight as she won the Under-21 junior women’s 25m pistol gold and held off a challenge by Haryana’s resurgent Anjali Choudhary.
Tamil Nadu’s Balakumar Nithin and Karnataka’s AT Daneshwari emerged as the country’s top sprinters as both of them completed the 100m-200m double.
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