Haryana wrestlers picked up four of the five gold medals on offer to regain their state’s lead on the final day of the Khelo India Youth Games here on Wednesday.
The hosts collected two more yellow metals in athletics events to take their tally to 30 gold, 23 silver and 33 bronze and overtake Maharashtra (26G, 25S, 22B), who did not could only manage one gold on the last day. .
Elsewhere, in the swimming competition at Ambala, Karnataka started with a splash, creating three new marks while winning four gold medals. This brought their gold total to six, after two in athletics.
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On the wrestling mat, promising Antim, who was seconds away from beating 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Vinesh Phogat at the Commonwealth Games Trials, dominated the girls’ 53kg category to clinch her second yellow metal Khelo India in three years.
The Hisar girl proved too strong for her opponents, winning three bouts by technical superiority and one by pinfall. In the final, she faced resistance from a determined Kalyani Gadekar from Maharashtra, but emerged victorious thanks to her tactical acumen.
The other three gold medals for Haryana were won by Pulkit (girls 65kg), Sahil (boys Greco-Roman 92kg) and Sagar Jaglan (boys freestyle 80kg), taking their wrestling total to 16 medals. gold, 10 silver and nine bronze.
Maharashtra was a distant second with three gold medals, with Vaibhav Patil adding the 55kg boys freestyle crown to his state’s tally. Wrestlers from Madhya Pradesh and Chandigarh won a gold medal each.
In the day’s other events, weightlifter Haryana Jyoti Yadav took gold in the girls’ 76kg with a total lift of 178kg.
Suditya Baruah from Assam (boys 89kg) and Dilbag Singh from Punjab (boys 96kg) bagged the other gold medals offered by the weightlifting arena.
In track and field, Kiran of Rajasthan threw the discus nearly three meters further than his nearest competitor to clinch his state’s second gold medal in track and field.
Unnathi Aiyappa, daughter of former international heptathlete Pramila Aiyappa, won the women’s 100m hurdles gold with a time of 14.00 seconds, while Mohit of Haryana edged Madhvendra Shekhawat of Rajasthan with a time 13.62 seconds to win the boys’ 110m hurdles.
Srinjoy Datta of West Bengal won the gold medal in the 10m air rifle event, beating teammate Abhinav Shaw in the gold medal match 16-14. Gujarat’s Keval Prajapati took bronze.
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