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National Games 2023: Maharashtra Claims Raja Bhalindra Trophy After Decades

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The team from Maharashtra secured three gold medals in Yogasana and an additional one in shooting during the concluding day of the 37th National Games, earning them the prestigious Raja Bhalindra Singh Rolling Trophy for overall championship. This victory marked their first claim to the trophy since 1994.

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Maharashtra’s impressive tally included 80 gold, 69 silver, and 79 bronze medals, totaling 228 medals. This achievement brought an end to the dominance of the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), who had held the top position since the 2007 Games in Guwahati. SSCB secured the second position with 66 gold, 27 silver, and 33 bronze medals, while Haryana secured the third spot with 62 gold, 54 silver, and 73 bronze medals.

Madhya Pradesh and Kerala secured the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, in the final standings. Hosts Goa achieved their best-ever finish, claiming the ninth spot with a total of 92 medals, including 27 golds. Karnataka swimmer Srihari Nataraj, with 8 golds, 1 silver, and 1 bronze, was honored as the Best Male Athlete.

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The title of Best Female Athletes went to gymnasts Sanyukta Prasen Kale and Pranati Nayak of Odisha, each earning 4 golds and 1 silver. The 37th National Games featured nearly 11,000 athletes competing in 42 sports disciplines, including three demonstration sports.

On the concluding day of the competition, only 12 gold medals remained to be won. Maharashtra had already secured the top position, but the focus shifted to their performance in Yogasana and shooting, two of their significant sports disciplines.


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