On the final day of the successfully organized Khelo India School Games, the Badminton Gold medal in boys section went to Manipuri lad Maisnam Meiraba. In the girl’s under 17 category, the badminton Gold was clinched by Maharashtra’s Malvika Bansod.
Badminton Gold Medal Match – Malvika taker her revenge
Left-handed Malvika Bansod won the girls’ badminton gold with a score line of 21-12, 12-10 against Aakarshi Kashyap to give Maharashtra its final gold in the first ever Khelo India School Games.
Having lost the National Junior Championship U17 final in Guwahati to finalist Aakarshi Kashyap, Malvika Bansod took her revenge and came up with a better outcome at the Khelo india school Games. Both the finalists had not dropped a game on their way to the final. The expectations were of a rousing contest, but Malvika from the Shivaji Science College, Nagpur, was a picture of confidence and intensity.
The dapper left-hander needed only a shade over half an hour to accomplish her mission. She moved on the court with agility and mixing her shots to make the final her own show.
Daughter of dental surgeon, Malvika Bansod remained a picture of composure throughout the match, focusing on completing the victory and clenching her left fist in a victorious gesture.
Badminton Gold at the Khelo India School Games asserts faith in Manipur
Manipur lad Maisnam Meiraba reasserted his claim as the best U17 badminton player in the country. He staged an excellent comeback and put Uttar Pradesh lad Aakash Yadav under pressure. With the badminton gold Manipur stamped their authority as a complete sporting state, winning medals in almost all the sports discipline at the inaugural Khelo India School Games.
Playing before an audience including Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Maisnam Meiraba won the badminton gold with a 16-21, 21-14, 21-18 victory.
In the boys’ final, Maisnam Meiraba, a student of Imphal’s Hundred Flowers Higher Secondary School, was up against a gritty Aakash Yadav and had to bring out his best.
After winning each set in the first two games, the two lads drew the crowd to the edge of its seats by battling it out for each point, not asking for or conceding any quarters.
Tied at 18-18, Maisnam Meiraba pulled away with a smart combination of strokes that forced a tiring Aakash Yadav to commit errors. The Manipuri’s staying power came to the fore in the decisive moments of the match that lasted more than an hour and a quarter.
It was a fitting end to the competitions in the Khelo India School Games.
Badminton Gold – Silver and Bronze Results:
Boys singles (Final): (4) Maisnam Meiraba (Manipur) beat (7) Aakash Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 16-21, 21-14, 21-18; Bronze medal play-off: (6) Koya Sai Charan (Telangana) beat (8) Rohan Gurbani (Maharashtra) 21-13, 21-17
Girls singles (final): (1) Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) beat (2) Aakarshi Kashyap (Chattisgarh) 21-12, 21-10; Bronze medal play-off: (4) Unnati Bisht (Uttarakhand) beat (7) Amolika Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 21-16, 21-4.
Boys doubles (final): (1) Navaneeth Bokka and Vishnuvardhan Goud (Telangana) beat (2) Aravind V Suresh and Edwin Joy (Kerala) 23-21, 21-16; Bronze medal play-off: (3) Kush Chugh and Varun Trikha (Haryana ) beat Ajinkya and Tejas Kallokar (Karnataka) 21-19, 21-14.
Girls doubles (final): (2) Dhriti Yatheesh and Trisha Hegde (Karnataka) beat Deepshikha Singh and Likhita Shrivastava (Uttar Pradesh) 21-19, 2-17; Bronze medal play-off: (3) Samriddhi Singh and Shruti Mishra (Uttar Pradesh) beat Keerthana P Shroff and Medha Shashidharan (Karnataka) 21-7, 15-21, 21-12.