Khelo India Youth Games: Srihari Natraj Wins 7 Gold Medals in Swimming

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Srihari Nataraj bagged seven gold medals for Karnataka in the Khelo India Youth Games U-21 swimming events. Srihari swept all golds, winning the 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 50m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 4×100 medley and 4x100m freestyle.

 

Not only this, SP Likith too claimed five gold medals. With this,  Karnataka won a total of 21 swimming gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze for 51, while Delhi had 19 gold, 13 silver and 16 bronze for 48 and Maharashtra 18 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze.

Yet the distribution was such that Maharashtra in Under-21 and Delhi in Under-17 were the winners of the combined team championships at the Balewadi Complex swimming pool.

Also Read: All you Need to know about Khelo India Programme

Maharashtra still leads the pack

In the overall tally, Maharashtra is ahead with 64 gold, 51 silver and 62 bronze for a total of 177, while Delhi trailed in second place at 47 gold, 31 silver and 43 bronze and a total of 121. Haryana is third with 37 gold, 35 silver and 38 bronze for a total of 110.

 

Nataraj was a comfortable winner in both 50 m backstroke and 100 m freestyle. He faced no challenge in winning the 50 metres backstroke (Boys U-21) in 26.16 seconds with Goa’s Xavier D’Souza (26.74) more than half a second behind him. Haryana’s Vedant Seth (27.14) was third.

He won his second individual gold of the day in the 100m freestyle clocking 52.37 seconds. He again finished way ahead of D’Souza (53.15) and Maharashtra’s Aaron Fernandes (54.11).

Delhi’s Swadesh Mondal added a fifth by winning the 200m breaststroke in the Boys U-17 event in 2:26.91.

On the last day of the competition, Delhi bagged four of the 13 gold at stake while Karnataka and Maharashtra clinched three and two gold respectively.

Sartaj and Esha makes way for medals too

 

In shooting, Punjab’s Patiala-based 16-year-old Sartaj Singh, who travels twice a week to Chandigarh for training, hung on to a slender lead to beat a charge by National junior champion Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar (Madhya Pradesh) and won the gold medal in the 50 m 3-position rifle competition.

Telangana’s 13-year-old Esha Singh and Maharashtra’s Harshada Nithave won the girls under-17 and under-21 10m air pistol gold medals respectively. Esha Singh was unstoppable in the final, shooting 241.3 points, including 14 tens, despite a niggle in the back, which saw her finish third in qualification.

Harshada Nithave, who won the Asian youth bronze medal in 2015, had also finished third in qualification but asserted her intention from the start of the under-21 final and won the gold.

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