Grapplers bring Haryana on top in medal tally in Khelo India Games : The Tribune India

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6th

Haryana embarked on a gold collecting spree, particularly in wrestling, to overtake Maharashtra in the medal list at the ongoing Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, here today.

Snack of the day

  • A program was organized by the Haryana government, the National Center for Sports Science and Research (SCSSR), New Delhi, on the contribution of new technologies to improving players’ performance.
  • Eitu Mandal from Jharkhand, daughter of a tractor driver, was in the record books even before her first raid on KIYG. At 13, she becomes the youngest participant in this edition of the Games.

From Manipur to all of India!

  • Never heard of before, Manipur’s traditional martial art thang-ta is in the spotlight of the KIYG. The sport, which has now even reached places like New Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir, has attracted many admirers from across the nation. Aijaz Bhatt, a J&K team official, said: “India should promote its traditional sport. The sport is all over the country and we need support to promote it.”
  • “Thang-Ta has been played in the state capital for five years now. It takes years of struggle to train in this martial arts event. We organize various events to encourage children to participate,” said Anil Kumar, Delhi coach.

The Haryana grapplers added four more gold medals to bring their medal tally to an impressive 16 gold, eight silver and 16 bronze. That included a couple of gold medals in weightlifting and one each in shooting, yoga, cycling and gatka.

Defending champions Maharashtra, who had taken the lead on Day 1, fell in second place with 13 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze medals. Manipur, who collected six gold medals in Thang-Ta over two days, finished third after winning an additional gold medal in cycling.

The Haryana wrestlers were predictably in devastating form on home soil. They had bagged all five gold medals on the opening day of the competition and looked poised for another clean win today, especially as two of the last five bouts were strictly Haryana affairs.

Suraj defeated Maharashtra’s Vishwajit More by technical superiority. Ravinder also faced a tough opponent in Maharashtra’s Ajay Kapade in the 60kg freestyle final. He kept his calm under pressure for the 11-8 win.

J&K’s first gold

Jammu and Kashmir caused a stir by winning their first gold in the traditional martial arts discipline. Sumit Bhagat prevailed against Ashish from Madhya Pradesh in the Phunaba Anishuba 60kg category. Ashish Yadav from Madhya Pradesh and M Santa Singha from Assam shared a bronze medal. In the Phunaba Anishuba 56kg, Mutum Singh, Yaikhomba and Papai Sarkar each took the top three places. In the Phunaba Anishuba 56kg girls category, Radhika, Kolom Devi and Kenija Singha each took the top three spots, and in the Phunaba Anishuba 52kg event, Konjengbam Chanu, Sairah Zahoor and Preeti each took the top three podiums.

A short-lived joy

Tamil Nadu weightlifter T Madhavan won the gold medal in the boys’ 61 kg category. Weighing 116 kg, he secured the top spot on the podium and his performance was cited as a new Asian championship record. However, the annulment of the record at the Asian Championships was corrected for technical reasons (regarding the age qualification at the time of qualification for the KIYG) and Madhavan only opted for the gold medal. Shankar Lapung from Arunachal Pradesh won the silver medal and Golom Tinku bronze. Bengia Tani, S. Logeswaran and Silvan Beihrothatlo each took the first three places in the 67 kg category. In the girls’ 55kg category, Usha, Boni Mangkhya and Sakshi Ranmale each took the top three spots, and in the 59kg event, Bhawna set a new national record, followed by Sonam Singh in second place and Balo Yalam the third place. Bengai Tani opened the Arunachal Pradesh gold medal account with a total lift of 264 kg in the boys’ 67 kg weight class.

Tasnim, Unnati in badminton final

Tasnim Mir, top seed from Gujarat, stunned tournament favorite Haryanas Devika Sihag (21-11, 21-18) to march into the girls’ badminton final. She meets Haryana’s Unnati Hooda in the title match, who defeated Sakshi Phogat (21-17, 21-15). In the boys’ semifinals, Darshan Pujari faced a stiff resistance from Manav Choudhary before claiming victory (21-17, 13-21, 23-21). Rithviksanjeevi S also marched to the finals by defeating Saneeth DS (21-15, 21-13). “The finals and games to decide third place in the boys’ and girls’ categories will be held on Tuesday,” said Surinder Mahajan, competition director.

Wrestling guys

60kg: 1st Ravinder, 2nd Ajay, 3rd Nikhil Yadav and Amit Kumar

71kg: 1st Narender, 2nd Amit, 3rd Sandip and Sahil (Haryana)

55 kg: 1st Suraj, 2nd Vishvajit More, 3rd Anjit Munda and Deepak

65kg: 1st Yashvir Malik, 2nd Nishant, 3rd Victor Singh and Hariom Puri (Madhya Pradesh)


61 kg: 1st Savita, 2nd Shikha, 3rd Nitika and Rekhajat

Yogasana: guys

Artistic Single: 1. Jay Kalekar, 2. Prakash Sahu, 3. Rupesh Sange

Artistic Group: 1st Haryana, 2nd Maharashtra, 3rd West Bengal


Artistic Individual: 1. Pranjal Vhanna, 2. Niral Wadekar, 3. Farzeen Zakati

Artistic group: 1st Maharashtra, 2nd Jharkhand, 3rd Tamil Nadu

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