Khelo India Youth Games 2019: Maharashtra Dominates the Medal Tally

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Hosts Maharashtra moved into the lead in the medal tally as they amassed 11 gold medals on Thursday (January 10) and held a two-fold advantage over Delhi as the battle intensified at the Khelo India Youth Games.

Delhi was a close second with 13 gold medals, while Haryana is placed third with 12 gold medals, a media release said. Maharashtra has so far won 57 medals – 15 gold, 19 silver and 23 bronze medals. Delhi’s medal tally includes 13 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals, while Haryana 40-medal haul comprises 12 gold, 10 silver and 18 bronze medals.

 

Maharashtra’s haul on Thursday (January 10) was mainly from gymnastics (five) and swimming (three) while their athletes won two and weightlifters took one gold. Haryana had a massive haul of nine gold from wrestling, of which women won seven, and their only other gold came in Judo.

Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh hogged the lion’s share of medals in gymnastics Thursday. The home state bagged five of the 14 gold on offer, while Uttar Pradesh took four.

UP dominated the men’s section with four gold, while West Bengal (3) and Jammu & Kashmir (2) shared five gold in the women’s events. In wrestling, Haryana won all seven gold medals in the girls’under-17 weight category even without their star internationals Anshu and Sonam. Along with seven golds, Haryana took home one silver and five bronze medals.

 

Meanwhile, in weightlifting, the victory podium was dominated by Mizoram who clinched two gold, one silver and a bronze in the men’s 61kg (youth and junior combined) and a gold and silver each in the men’s 67kg (youth and junior).

Jeremy Lalrinnunga shines on the 3rd day of the Khelo India Youth Games 2019

In the men’s 67kg category all eyes were on Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga. He may be a phenomenal youngster, and the only Indian lifter to have won the Youth Olympics gold, even before he had turned 16, with a total lift of 274 kilograms, in Buenos Aires.

Jeremy did lift a personal best of 278 kg but got beaten to the gold in the men’s under-21 event of the 67 kg class in the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi on Thursday.

In athletics, Punjab’s Kunwer Ajai Raj Singh Rana shone with a 75.40 m throw that earned him the Under-17 javelin throw gold. Delhi judokas proved unstoppable, winning three of the six gold at stake, the release stated.

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