Even though Haryana seemed to be making some inroads toward catching up to Maharashtra's tournament-leading gold medal haul at the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games, the western state's athletes once again put on a sterling show on Sunday to stave off any threats to its ongoing dominance.
This time around, it was the weightlifters from Maharashtra who did the heavy hauling, as Abhishek Suresh Nipane and Kiran Ravindra Marathe won gold medals in the boys U-21 and girls U-21 73kg weight categories respectively.
Picking up where they left off
Both lads improved on their prior accomplishments on Sunday: Abhishek Nipane had picked up the bronze medal in the U-21 73kg category in Pune last year while Kiran Marathe had nabbed silver.
It wasn't just the Maharashtra boys’ lifting glory, however, as Prajkta Ravindra Khalkar won the girls U-21 64kg class with a score of 181 (81,100), beating Manipur's Potshangbham Umeshori Devi.
Their efforts increased Maharashtra's stash of weightlifting gold medals to eight of the 18 contested thus far.
Swimming in success
It was a similar story in swimming, as Mihir Ambre won the boys U-21 100m butterfly category with a time of 54.91 seconds over Delhi’s Sameer Sejwal.
Mihir Ambre also double-dipped in the 4x100m Medley Relay event, winning the gold medal over Karnataka with teammates Suchit Patil, Rundranish Mishra and Aaron Fernandes with a time of 3:56.83.
More glory for Maharashtra
Maharashtra’s fortunes were further padded by their kho-kho teams’ sweeping victories and more gold medals in wrestling.
In kho-kho, the boys U-17 team beat Gujarat 19-11, while the girls U-17 team triumphed over Delhi 14-8.
On the wrestling mat, Vijay Bajirao Patil got the better of Haryana's Hitesh Kumar in the boys U-21 57kg class while Pruthviraj Babasaheb Patil did the honours in the 97kg class, winning over Vishal, another Haryanvi competitor.
Hope for the hosts
Hosts Assam managed to climb up a spot to seventh as Shivangi Sarma maintained her blazing form, picking up a fourth gold in the girls U-21 100m Freestyle class with a time of 59.26 seconds, beating Goa's Saachi Gramopadhyay.
They were helped also by claiming two of the four Lawn Bowls gold medals on Saturday, as Sanzio Pandey and Abhilakh Handique won the boys U-21 Pair event, while Suman Kumari Pandey and Suranjana Baruah clutched the yellow metal in the girls U-21 Four squad.