Panchkula, June 12
The overall winner of this highly competitive Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) will be determined on the final day. On the penultimate day today, both main contenders, Maharashtra and Haryana, collected five gold medals each to maintain the status quo.
Maharashtra increased her tally to 42 gold while Haryana now has 41 gold. The Mallakhamb pole gold won by Maharashtra, yet to be reflected in the official medal list.
Haryana, on the other hand, will head into the arena on the final day with the utmost confidence as there are 20 gold medals up for grabs in boxing. They have up to 12 boxers in the finals while Maharashtra only has four.
A neck-and-neck tie
The day began with archers Riddhi (girls recurve) from Haryana and Aditi Swami (girls compound) from Maharashtra opening the gold medal accounts for their respective states. Swimmer Apeksha Fernandes took two gold medals in the 200m butterfly and 50m breaststroke and table tennis star Diya Chitale defeated Delhi’s Lakshita Narang 4-3 in the girls’ singles final and Rishabh Ghubde added Maharashtra gold in the boys’ pole Mallakhamb.
Kerala remains in the top five
Kerala continued to dominate the Kalaripayattu events, taking three of the four golds on offer on the final day of competition to return with a rich haul of 14 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals to remain in the top five. Karnataka stayed in 3rd place thanks to its swimmers. Tamil Nadu girls added a gold medal to their tally with a 2-0 win over Jharkhand in soccer, with two girls of the same name, Shanmuga Priya and Shanmugapriya, scoring one goal each.
Chandigarh boxers shine
At bantamweight (51-54KG), Chandigarh’s Ankit marched forward in the final by defeating Anand Yadav of Madhya Pradesh 4-1. Welterweight (63.5-67 kg) City’s Achal Veer defeated Karwasra Mohit Kanjar from Madhya Pradesh 5-0 and in the light middleweight semifinals (67-71 kg) ousted Ashish Hooda Maharashtra’s Manik Singh 5-0. In the Girls’ Flyweight (48-51 KG) competition, Mohammed Billal defeated Chandigarhs Kavi 4-1. Kavi decided with the bronze medal. In the Feathers (54-57 KG) weight class, Renu lost to Manipur H Griviya Devi, earning another bronze medal for Chandigarh.
Andhra Archer inspired by ‘Bahubali’
Like most children in Andhra Pradesh, Madala Surya Hamsini was baptized into badminton. But when she was nine, she happened to watch the blockbuster “Bahubali.” Excited by Prabhas and his archery skills, she told her father that she was changing sports. “Bow and arrow looked so good,” she tweeted shortly after winning bronze in the girls’ individual compound archery. It is this clarity of thought that distinguishes Madala. At 12, the girl from Bhimavaram West Godawari is not only one of the youngest athletes at the Khelo India Youth Games, but also the youngest to win a medal in archery.
Tamil Nadu beat Jharkhand 2-0
Girls Singles – Diya Chitale bt Lakshita Narang 4-3; Radhapriya Goel against Suhana Saini 4-1
Recurve – 1st Ridhi, 2nd Tamnna (Haryana), 3rd Vitasa Thakur
Compound- 1st Aditi Gopichand Swami, 2nd Avneet, 3rd Madala Surya Hamsini
Recurve – 1st Kapish Singh, 2nd Ajay Kumar Nagarwal, 3rd Juyel Sarkar
Connection: 1. Kunderu Venkatadri, 2. Parth Korde, 3. Priyansh
Urumi Veeshal (Weilding of Flexible Sword) Under 40 KG – 1st Ann Mary Xavier, 2nd M Swetha, 3rd Alvina Joseph
Urumi Veeshal (Weilding of Flexible Sword) over 40KG – 1st Nyshana KK, 2nd Adithya MP, 3rd Farisa Rahma (Kerala)
200m butterfly – Aryan Panchal (02:03.36), Bikram Changmai (02:04.63), Utkarsh Patil (02:05.49)
50m freestyle: Veer Khatkar (00:23.94), Sambhavv R (00:24.04), Harsh Saroha (00:24.17)
50m breaststroke: 1st Vansh Pannu (00:27.84s); Swadesh Mondal (00:30.23s), Vidith Shankar (00:30.27s)
4x100m Freestyle – 1st Karnataka (3:35.28s), 2nd Maharashtra (3:39.41s), 3rd Haryana (3:40.12s)
200m butterfly – 1. Apeksha Fernandes (02:18.39s); Astha Choudhary (02:20.02s); Hashika Ramachandra (2:22.87s)
50m Freestyle – Jhanvi Choudhary (00:26.92s); Jasnoor Kaur (00:27.47s); Ridhima Veerendrakumar (00:27.92s)
50m Breaststroke – Apeksha Fernandes (00:33.78s); Vihitha Nayana (00:34.67s); Venika Parich (00:35.74s)
1500m Freestyle – Vritti Agarwal (18:01.45s); Schirin (18:04.49 s); Ashwmita Chandra (18:29.23 sec)