As the Khelo India Youth Games enters its final few days, Maharashtra have all but ensured that they would finish top of the medals table as they broke the 200-medal barrier on Monday.
Maharashtra could only win gold in the swimming competitions as Vedant Bapna won the Boys U-17 200m Backstroke and Kenisha Gupta won the Girls U-17 200m Medley. The latter also helped the state win gold in the 4x100m Medley relay to end the day with 63 golds to their name.
In the process, Kenisha Gupta joined statemates, Asmi Badale and Pooja Danole, Shivangi Sarma, Priyanka Dasgupta, Jatin Kanojia and Soubrity Mondal as the athletes who have four gold medals to their names in this edition of the games.
Maharashtra missed out on gold in the Girls U-21 basketball final, as Kerala won 88-63.
Maharashtra’s nearest rivals, Haryana could not do much on the day, only winning gold in the Girls U-17 Hockey event as Kanika Siwach and Sonam scored in the shootout to give them the win.
Soubrity Mondal shines for West Bengal
Soubrity Mondal won gold in the Girls Under-21 200m Individual Medley in 2:32.52 and 200m Backstroke in 2: 26.05, making the most of the absence of Gujarat ace Maana Patel, who tore an ankle ligament at the start of the 100m race a couple of days ago. The West Bengal swimmer then helped the State’s 4x100m Medley Relay squad win gold in the face of stiff competition from Assam.
Home state win two weightlifting golds
Home state Assam handed medal-toppers Maharashtra a rare defeat in the weightlifting competition as Suditya Boruah defeated Ritesh Mhaishale and Sanidhya More in the Boys U-17 89 kg class. Gulap Gogoi also won the gold for Assam in the Boys U-21 81 kg class.
Another north-eastern state, Sikkim, won its first medal through Prema Tshering Sherpa, who claimed bronze in the Boys U-21 81 kg class.