It was another riveting day at the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games at Guwahati on Friday as medal toppers, Maharashtra and Haryana won multiple golds on the day to continue a tasty battle at the top.
Maharashtra, who won a whopping 20 cycling medals on Thursday, were in no mood to relent as they swept all the medals in swimming in the Girls U-17 Breaststroke with Kareena Shankta clocking a meet best of 1:14:66.
They won two more golds with Aaron Fernandes and Mihir Ambre triumphing in the Boys U-21 200m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly, respectively.
Wrestlers, Kalyani Gadekar, Bhagyashri Fand and Sonali Mandalik also won golds in the 46kg, 57kg and 61kg freestyle to take Maharashtra’s total golds tally to 41.
Haryana spice up the battle
Haryana continued to be the only state to pose a realistic threat to Maharashtra as their shooters and wrestlers continued to pile on the yellow metal to take their tally to 36.
Vibhuti Bhatia and Shikha Narwal struck gold in the Girls U-21 and U-17 10m Air Pistol events to stamp Haryana’s authority in the discipline. The state also won six of the 11 wrestling golds on offer on Friday.
Arunachal Pradesh win maiden gold
The north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh opened their gold account through 13-year-old weightlifter, Golom Tinku, who initially conceded a 6kg lead to Tamil Nadu’s Madhavan Thirumurugan but took advantage of the latter’s triple failure to lift a total of 209kg and win the Boys U-17 event.
Tinku was joined on the podium by state-mate, Sankar Lapung, who lifted 203kg but could only finish third as Assam’s home hero, Prabal Pratim Gogoi lifted 207kg to claim silver.
Returning heroine gives Assam much to cheer
The Girls U-21 swimming event saw Shivangi Sarma, who represented Delhi last time round, bag golds in the 200m and 800m Freestyle, the former by a massive 15-second margin to give the home state a big boost.
The returning Khushi Dinesh made a smooth return to swimming as she won the 200m and 800m freestyle golds in the Girls U-17 category for Karnataka.