The unstoppable Shivangi Sarma stamped her signature on the Khelo India Youth Games 2020 here with a fifth freestyle swimming gold medal on Tuesday to emerge the most successful individual athlete. Kenisha Gupta was just as successful, who won her third gold to add to the two relay crowns that she anchored Maharashtra’s teams to victory.
Shivangi owned the pool, adding the 50m freestyle titles in a time of 27.43 seconds to the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle gold medals that she won over the last three days. Her decision to compete for Assam in this edition of the Games helped the hosts rise to the sixth place on the medals table ahead of formidable teams from Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
There was no difference in the top five, with Maharashtra holding a handsome lead over Haryana both in terms of gold and total medals won. Maharashtra’s 74 gold, 68 silver and 92 bronze gave the State a total of 234 medals, well past the 228 that their athletes won at home in Pune last year. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka are placed above Assam.
Kenisha Gupta, a long-limbed 16-year-old Mumbaikar, held her own by winning the Under-17 50m race in a faster time despite a visibly slower start. She could claim bragging rights by clocking a faster time than the senior girl but the modest swimmer kept a low-profile despite winning five gold medals herself, letting Shivangi Sarma bask in the limelight.
Karnataka swimmer Srihari Nataraj’s loss to Mihir Ambre in the 50m freestyle final meant that he went out of the reckoning to garner five gold medals. Karnataka and Maharashtra swimmers will resume their own battle in the Dr. Zakir Hussain Aquatics Complex on the final day on Wednesday, with both teams having won 17 gold each.
Gujarat’s Mir Tasnim Irfan Ali beat favourite Unnati Bisht of Uttarakhand in three games in the girls under-21 singles final in the Deshbhakt Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium. Madhya Pradesh’s Sakshi Phogat took the under-17 gold with a 21-16, 23-21 victory over Riya Habbu (Maharashtra).
Amit Rathore (Madhya Pradesh) beat Sathish Kumar (Tamil Nadu) 21-18, 21-19 in the boys under- 21 final while Haryana’s Bharat Raghav defeated Shubham Patel (Rajasthan) 21-19, 21-19 in the under-17 title clash.
In an all-Haryana final in the boys under-17 singles tennis in which no quarter was asked, and none given, Gurgaon’s Chirag Duhan beat Rohtak’s Krishan Hooda 6-4, 7-5. With Krishan Hooda fighting all the way, those by the courtside at the All Assam Tennis Association Complex in Chachal were treated to a really long game that extended over 17 minutes.
The girls’ final was pretty one-sided with Vaidehi Chaudhari (Gujarat) beating Telangana’s Sathwika Sama who just was unable to find her rhythm. The Ahmedabad girl ran out a 6-3, 6-1 winner, playing smart, percentage tennis and applying pressure on her rival.
There was mixed luck for the Haryana under-21 hockey teams. The girls squad beating back Odisha’s challenge with a 5-3 win after Usha and Gagangdeep Kaur scored in the final quarter. The boys lost a heart-breaking shoot-out 1-3 after drawing goal-less with Uttar Pradesh.
In the first of the football finals, Mizoram’s M Lalpektluanha scored in the 37th minute to break Assam’s hearts and help his team win the boys under-17 gold.
Daman and Diu broke into the medals tally with a silver medal in boxing. Harsh Shri Bhagwan enjoyed a good run to the boys under-17 52kg class final where he lost to Shaikhom Singh (Maharashtra). National Junior Champion
Ambesori Devi (Manipur) was among the girls who climbed on top of the podium ahead of Haryana boxers.
Haryana boxers, expectedly, dominated the under-17 bouts, winning eight gold and a total of 26 but Maharashtra held their own by winning six gold to ensure that the gap in the overall tally was not bridged by much.
The results (finals):
Singles: Amit Rathore (Madhya Pradesh) beat Sathish Kumar (Tamil Nadu) 21-18, 21-19. Bronze medal off: Ravi (Haryana).
Doubles: Bokka Navaneeth and P Vishnu Vardhan Goud (Telangana) beat Khwairakpam Manjit Singh and Kontho (Manipur) 18-21, 21-13, 21-16; Bronze medal: Manav Raj Sumith and Poyyathara Sajayan Ravi (Kerala)).
Singles: Mir Tasnim Irfan Ali (Gujarat) beat Unnati Bisht (Uttarakhand) 15-21, 21-10, 21-14; Bronze medal: Deepshika Singh (Delhi).
Doubles: Kavya Gupta and Khushi Gupta (Delhi) beat Arul Bala Radhakrishnan and VS Varsha (Tamil Nadu) 21-17, 21-15; Bronze medal: Sai Yanamandra Shriya and Gurzada Srevidya (Telangana).
Singles: Bharat Raghav (Haryana) beat Shubham Patel (Rajasthan) 21-19, 21-19. Bronze medal: Varun Kapur (Maharashtra).
Doubles: Hariharan Amsakarunam and R Ruban Kumar (Tamil Nadu) beat Aryan and Bharat Raghav (Haryana) 21-12, 21-13. Bronze medal: Navyaranjan Das and Tonmoy Bikash Baruah (Assam).
Singles: Sakshi Phogat (Madhya Pradesh) beat Riya Habbu (Maharashtra) 21-16, 23-21. Bronze medal: Janani Ananthakumar (Karnataka).
Doubles: Riza Kannangayath Mehreen and Jolly Treesa (Kerala) beat Ankita Gogoi and Isha Rani Baruah (Assam) 21-10, 2-15. Bronze medal: Navdha Mangalam and Sonali Singh (Uttar Pradesh).
46kg class: Priyanshu Dabas (Haryana) beat Franky H Vanlalruatpuia (Mizoram); Bronze medals: Suresh Vishwanath (Maharashtra) and Gaurav Mazumdar (Assam).
48kg class: Sanjeet Singh (Maharashtra) beat Soibam Yaiphaba (Manipur). Bronze medals: Chandan Narzary (Assam) and Raj Bhagwan Patil (Maharastra).
50kg class: Vijay Singh (Maharashtra) beat Hardeep (Haryana). Bronze medals: Laldinsanga (Mizoram) and Huri John (Arunachal Pradesh).
52kg class: Shaikhom Singh (Maharashtra) beat Harsh Shri Bhagwan (Daman & Diu); Bronze medals: Pukhrambam Kingson Singh (Manipur) and Mukul Panwar (Haryana).
54kg class: Yaiphaba Meetei (Maharashtra) beat Navraj Chauhan (Himachal Pradesh). Bronze medals: Athouba (Manipur) and Aditya Santosh (Maharashtra).
57kg class: Himanshu Shrivas (Madhya Pradesh) beat Pranta Jyoti (Assam). Bronze medals: Mitesh Deswal (Haryana) and Laishangbam Singh (Manipur).
60kg class: Vanshaj (Haryana) beat Vishal (Haryana). Bronze medals: Ningthoujam Rohit Singh (Manipur) beat Imdad Hussain (Assam).
63kg class: Vikas Kumar (Chandigarh) beat Yogesh Kagar (Haryana). Bronze medals: Taw Pakba (Arunachal Pradesh) and Tahil Uddin (Assam).
66kg class: Jaydeep Rawat (Maharashtra) beat Harshit Rathee (Haryana). Bronze medals: Kunal Kiran (Maharashtra) and Abhishek Verma (Haryana).
70kg class: Rahul (Chandigarh) beat Karamveer Phogat (Assam); Bronze medals: Sahil Chauhan (Maharashtra) and C Lalruaitluanga (Mizoram).
46kg class: Kalpana (Haryana) beat Devika Satyajit Ghorpade (Maharashtra). Bronze medals: Sanjana Ramkaran (Delhi) and Janhavi Churi (Maharashtra).
48kg class: Tamanna (Haryana) beat Gitika (Haryana). Bronze medals: Sujuma Boro (Assam) and Aarzoo (Haryana).
50kg class: Rinku (Haryana) beat Anju Devi (Karnataka). Bronze medals: Mary Moran (Assam) and Suman Shriram Yadav (Goa).
52kg class: Tannu (Haryana) beat Aikon Mili (Assam). Bronze medals: Shagolsem Bijeta Chanu (Manipur) and Mudrika Khushi Gururani (Uttarakhand).
54kg class: Kirti (Delhi) beat Wangjam (Manipur). Bronze medals: Neha Baljit (Haryana) and Kalpana (Rajasthan).
57kg class: Huidrom Ambesori Devi (Manipur) beat Preeti (Haryana). Bronze medals: Priyanka (Haryana) and Yamini Tanwar (Delhi).
60kg: Preeti Dahiya (Haryana) beat Thongam Kunjarani Devi (Manipur). Bronze medals: Ruchika (Haryana) and Sumitra Brahma (Assam).
63kg class: Disha Vijay Patil (Maharashtra) beat Rudrika Kundu (Haryana). Bronze medals: Monalisa Das (West Bengal) and Khushi (Haryana).
66kg class: Sneha (Himachal Pradesh) beat Lashu Yadav (Haryana). Bronze medals: Pranjal Yadav (Haryana) and Rachita Dudy (Chandigarh).
70kg class: Mahi Raghav (Haryana) beat Sharvari Kalyankar (Maharashtra). Bronze medals: Loveleena Kaur (Chandigarh) and Sneha (Haryana).
Boys under-17: Mizoram 1 (M Lalpektluanha, 37th minute) beat Assam 0. Halftime: 1-0. Bronze medal play-off: Odisha 3 (Saibaram Hansdah 37 and Bijay Marendi 72 and 88) beat Punjab 2 (Seilenthang Lotjem 7 and Harmanpreet Singh 47). Half-time: 0-1.
Boys under-21: Uttar Pradesh 0 beat Haryana 0 via penalty shoot-out (3-1). Bronze medal play-off: Odisha 5 (Samir Ekka 15th minute and 28, Abhishek Lakra 38, Rahul Ekka 44 and Anandeep Lakra 59) beat Chandigarh 5 (Diljeet Singh, Harpreet Singh 13, Maninder Singh 25 and 36 and Sanjay 60) via penalty shootout (3-1).
Girls under-21: Haryana 5 (Reetom Prakash 13, Gagandeep Kaur 24 and 59, Mahima Choudhary 46 and Usha 51)beat Jharkhand 3 (Albela Rani Toppo 21 and 33 and Sangika Kumari 48). Bronze medal play-off: Maharashtra 1 (Pooja Bhanu Das Shendage 36) beat Mizoram 0.
50m Freestyle: 1. Mihir Ambre (Maharashtra) 23.61 seconds; 2. Srihari Nataraj (Karnataka) 24.06; 3. Rudransh Mishra (Maharashtra) 24.36.
1500m Freestyle: 1. Anurag Singh (Delhi) 16:14.56; 2. Shushrut Kapse (Maharashtra) 17:00.71; 3. Army Pal (West Bengal) 17:16.29.
200m Butterfly: 1. CJ Sanjay (Karnataka) 2:09.08; 2. KS Saif Chandan (Karnataka) 2:10.12; 3. Avdhoot Parulekar (Maharashtra) 2:10.12.
50m Breaststroke: 1. S Dhanush (Tamil Nadu) 28.95 seconds; 2. DS Prruthvik (Karnataka) 30.22; 3. Milanton Dutta (Assam) 30.77.
4x100m Freestyle Relay: 1. Maharashtra (Rudransh Mishra, Suchit Patil, Mihir Ambre and Aaron Fernandes) 3:35.21; 2. Karnataka (CJ Sanjay, KS Saif Chandan, DS Pruthvik and Srihari Nataraj) 3:37.55; 3. Tamil Nadu (D Adhithya, B Akash Navin, K Mohit Kumar and S Dhanush) 3:41.29.
50m Freestyle: 1. Shivangi Sarma (Assam) 27.43 seconds; 2. Sadhvi Dhuri (Maharashtra) 27.91; 2. Suman Patil (Goa) 28.63.
200m Butterfly: 1. Firdoush Kayamkhani (Rajasthan) 2:33.63; 2. Vanshika Sharma (Delhi) 2:35.31; 3. Anibhuti Baruah (Assam) 2:37.55.
50m Breaststroke: 1. Shrishti Basu (West Bengal) 36.56 seconds; 2. Aaliyah Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 37.36; 3. Kalyani Saxena (Gujarat) 37.87.
50m Freestyle: 1. S Hiten Mittal (Karnataka) 23.90 seconds; 2. P Vikkas (Tamil Nadu) 24.27; 3. Veer Khatkar (Haryana) 24.54.
200m Butterfly: 1. Bikram Changmai (Delhi) 2:05.29; 2. Aryan Panchal (Gujarat) 2:07.00; 3. R Sambhavv (Karnataka) 2:10.13.
50m Breaststroke: 1. Swadesh Mondal (West Bengal) 31.09 seconds; 2. M Atish (Tamil Nadu 31.56; 3. Bhargav Phukan (Delhi) 31.69.
4x100m Freestyle Relay: 1. Karnataka (R Sambavv, Vaibhav Shet, S Hiten Mittal and Aneesh S Gowda) 3:38.53; 2. Delhi (Tanmay Das, Ashwin Verma, Aryan Varnekar and Gyan Sandhan Kashyap) 3:39.46; 3. Maharashtra (Vedaant Madhavan, Aryan Bhosle, Dev Ambokar and Vedant Bapna) 3:43.18.
50m Freestyle: 1. Kenisha Gupta (Maharashtra) 27.29 seconds; 2. Jhanvi Choudhary (Delhi) 27.92; 3. Mahi Shwet Raj (Bihar) 28.19.
200m Butterfly: 1. Apeksha Fernandes (Mahrashtra) 2:21.52; 2. Avesha Ghosh (Karnataka) 2:25.51; 3. Aastha Choudhary (Delhi) 2:26.97.
50m Breaststroke: 1. Apeksha Fernandes (Maharashtra) 34.56 seconds; 2. Kareena Shankta (Maharashtra) 35.11; 3. Zaara Jabbar (Maharashtra) 35.42.
Boys under-21 doubles: Iftikhar Shaikh and Parikshit Somani (Assam) beat Shashank Macherla and Sai Karteep Ghanta (Telangana) 6-3, 6-1; Bronze medal play-off: Atharva Sharma and Dhruv Sunish (Maharashtra) beat Akash Ahwalat and Amit Beniwal (Haryana) 6-1, 6-1.
Girls under-21 Singles: Vaidehi Chaudhari (Gujarat) beat Sathwika Sama (Telangana) 6-3, 6-1. Bronze medal play-off: Yubrani Banerjee (West Bengal) beat Mihika Yadav (Maharashtra) 6-2, 6-1.
Boys under-17 Singles: Chirag Duhan (Haryana) beat Krishan Hooda (Haryana) 6-4, 7-5. Bronze medal play-off: Dhurv Tangri (Punjab) beat Karan Singh (Haryana) 6-2, 3-0 (latter conceded).
Girls under-17 Doubles: Reshma Maruri and Sunitha Maruri (Karnataka) beat Anjali Rathi and Renee Singh (Haryana) 7-5, 6-2. Bronze medals play-off: Vaishnavi Adkar and Sai Bhoyar (Maharashtra) beat Hannah Nagpal and Tanushree Pandey (Uttar Pradesh) 6-0, 6-3.
96kg class: 1. Kunwar Vishvajeet Singh (Madhya Pradesh) 284Kkg (Snatch 124kg, Clean & Jerk 160kg); 2. Harcharan Singh (Rajasthan) 277 (125, 152); 3. R Ramkumar (Tamil Nadu) 277 (125, 152).
102kg class: 1. Pradeep Kumar Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 295kg (128, 167); 2. Phiyanshu Bhandari (Haryana) 284 (129, 155); 3. Akash Kaushal (Madhya Pradesh) 261 (113, 148).
96kg class: Manjula Ashok (Andhra Pradesh) 259kg (115, 144); 2. Ambala Komal Karthik (Andhra Pradesh) 240 (110, 130); 3. R Sujeeth (Tamil Nadu) 228 (98, 130).
102kg class: 1. Gautam Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 256kg (111, 145); 2. Avinash Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 247 (110, 137); 3. Parwinder Singh (Chandigarh) 225 (103, 122).
81kg class: 1. Akshata Kamati (Karnataka) 185kg (77, 108); 2. Mayuri Ramachandra Devare (Maharashtra) 181 (76, 105); 3. Ruchika Sameer Dhore (Maharashtra) 145 (65, 80).
81kg class: 1. Vaishnavi Santosh Pawar (Maharashtra) 134kg (62, 72); 2. Gayathri Reddy (Andhra Pradesh) 128 (52, 76); 3.Lingudu Keerthi (Andhra Pradesh) 124 (55, 69).