Khelo India Youth Games: Maharashtra Continue to Lead with 177 medals

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Maharashtra’s impressive run at the Khelo India Youth Games refused to slow down as the hosts stayed way ahead than the fellow states in the overall medals tally. The state had won 177 medals at the time of writing. Those included 64 gold, 51 silver, and 62 bronze medals.

Delhi came in at the second place with 121 medals of which 47 are gold, 31 silver, and 43 bronze. Last editions champions, Haryana, are placed third in the table with 110 medals comprising of 37 gold, 35 silver, and 38 bronze.

Srihari Nataraj, Karnataka’s swimming prodigy, emerged as the most prolific gold medal winner of the tournament this year around. Nataraj ended his Khelo India campaign with 7 golds, two of which came yesterday. His teammate, Likhit too had a productive tournament with 5 gold medals and a bronze.

Elsewhere, Patiala-based Sartaj Singh had to hang on his slender lead to get the better of the National Junior Champion Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar of Madhya Pradesh and win the 50m 3-position rifle competition gold medal.

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Swadesh Mondal, who had started the day with 4 medals in his kitty, won his fifth, a silver, in the U17 boy’s breaststroke event.

The 13-year-old Esha Singh of Telangana and Harshada Nithave of Maharashtra won the girls U-17 and U-21 10m air pistol gold medals respectively.

The host’s lead was further extended after Snehal Bhongale and Ashwini Malage gave the team two more gold medals in the weightlifting competition.

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Karnataka’s Akshata Basvani Kamati won a gold medal in the Under-21 age 71-kg category in weightlifting at the Khelo India Youth Games. Kamati, who is the daughter of a farmer, seemed nowhere close in the run for the gold initially.

She had lifted a modest 73 kilogram in the snatch and then failed twice at 76 kilograms, while her main rival and fellow Karnataka lifter Lavanya Rai (79) as well as Arunachal Pradesh’s PH Roshni with 77, built a healthy lead.

Nonetheless, Kamati opened her account with a successful attempt at the 100 kg weight in the clean & jerk. She then improved her show with 103 kilograms before failing to lift the 107 kg weight in the next two attempts. Kamati, who hails from Belgaum, credited her father’s encouragement towards the sport for her success.

Meanwhile, Odisha was crowned as the champions of the Under-21 Boys hockey that was contested in Mumbai.

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Monish Gadiya is a Pune-based sports author and designer at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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