While India was busy celebrating the harvest festival, it was the contingent from the home state Assam who reaped a rich yield at the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games underway in Guwahati on Wednesday.
Leading their title rout were the lawn bowlers from the North East state as they went on to win all but one gold medal up for grabs across categories.
The 19-year-old Surajit Burhagohain led the fight for Assam with a fine 21-10 win over Jharkhand’s Abhishek Lakra in the U-21 Boys’ singles final while the Boys’ fours and the Girls’ triple teams too didn’t disappoint.
The Boys’ side comprising Sanzio Pandey, Scion Shiv Mahanta, Roktim Kashyap and Abhilakh Handique beat the West Bengal team that had Nikunj Agarwal, Venkatesh Bagrodia, Anirudh Agarwal and Parikshit Roy Chowdhary 23-10 for the gold.
In the Girls category, Suman Kumari, Suranjana and Anita barely put a foot wrong to beat the Delhi side that had Preksha, Tanvi and Rajasvi 23-7. Assam’s only disappointment from the lawns came in the Girls pairs as Abhaya Bharti and Soni Kumari Gupta lost by a point to Bihar’s Khushbu Kumari and Nikhat Khatoon in the semi-final.
Maharashtra surges ahead
Meanwhile, defending overall champions, Maharashtra continued their dominance in the 2020 edition of the Khelo India Youth Games, adding two more gold medals to their tally.
The state from the west coast of India triumphed in the cycling event with Mayur Pawar and Pooja Danole winning their sprint and the individual pursuit races, respectively.
Competing in the Boys U-21 sprint final, Pawar beat Paul Collingwood of Andaman & Nicobar Islands by a fraction of a second to win the yellow metal. While Pawar crossed the finish line in 11.306 seconds, Collingwood could manage 11.576 seconds, missing out on the gold by just under three-tenths.
Danole, meanwhile, had no such trouble as she comfortably won the individual pursuit gold in the Girls U-17 category.
Starting on the opposite ends of the open velodrome, the Maharashtra athlete was barely challenged by her state-mate Biseshori Devi throughout the course of the six-lap race. Danole won gold in 2:47.415 while Devi had to settle for a silver in 2:57.293.
With that, Maharashtra now leads the medals table with 28 gold, 32 silver and 50 bronze while Haryana is placed second with 23 gold, 25 silver and 25 bronze medals to their name.