Swimmers steal limelight on penultimate day of Khelo India Youth Games

Shivangi Sarma and Kenisha Gupta set the pool ablaze with a fine show to win the freestyle sprint golds in Guwahati.

By Olympic Channel Writer ·

Freestyle swimmer Shivangi Sarma continued her fine at the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games to win her fifth gold on Tuesday to help hosts Assam rise to sixth on the medals table on the penultimate day of the Games in Guwahati on Tuesday. 

While Sarma dominated her category (U-21), Kenisha Gupta bossed the U-17 division to help Maharashtra continue their dominance at the Games for another year. 

Maharashtra enjoys a handsome lead over Haryana in the medals table with the state leading with 74 gold, 68 silver and 92 bronze. Meanwhile, Haryana is second with 55 gold, 47 silver and 54 bronze medals.

No stopping Shivangi Sarma 

Taking to the pool for the U-21 50m freestyle final at the Dr Zakir Hussain Aquatics Complex, Sarma set the pool ablaze to win the top prize in 27.43 seconds to add to her remaining four freestyle titles (100m, 200m, 400m and 800m) that she won over the last three days.

Maharashtra's Mihir Ambre en route his win in the U-21 Boys 50m freestyle final. Image courtesy: KIYG media

Meanwhile, in the U-17 50m freestyle, Gupta was in her elements as he raced her way to a gold medal in 27.29 seconds, half a body length ahead of Delhi’s Jhanvi Choudhary, who came home in 27.92 seconds for the silver. Mahi Shwet Raj of Bihar completed the podium in 28.19 seconds.

Among the boys, one of India’s finest swimmers, Srihar Nataraj was forced to a second place on the podium in the U-21 50m freestyle with Maharashtra’s Mihir Ambre winning the title in 23.61 seconds. Nataraj was fractions behind the Maharashtra swimmer, taking home the silver in 24.06.

Madhya Pradesh’s Amit Rathore beat Sathish Kumar of Tamil Nadu in U-21 Boys badminton singles final.

Shuttlers show promise

On the badminton courts, shutters from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana showed fine form to win their gold-medal matches in a commanding manner. 

At the Deshbhakt Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium, Mir Tasnim Irfan Ali of Gujarat beat Uttarakhand’s Unnati Bisht in the girls U-21 singles final. At the same time, Madhya Pradesh’s Sakshi Phogat won the U-17 crown with a 21-16, 23-21 victory over Riya Habbu of Maharashtra.

Among the boys, Madhya Pradesh’s Amit Rathore got the better of Sathish Kumar of Tamil Nadu 21-18, 21-19 in the U-21 final while Haryana’s Bharat Raghav beat Shubham Patel of Rajasthan 21-19, 21-19 to take home the U-17 title.