Maharashtra Reclaims Top Spot In Khelo India Youth Games
Defending champions Maharashtra pocketed three gold medals on Saturday to dethrone hosts Haryana from the top spot in the. For the first time since the Games started on June 4, the hosts drew a blank in their gold medal collection on Day 8 of the competitions here. However, with two days of competitions left, Haryana (36 gold, 36 silver, 39 bronze) will bank on their boxing contingent for a gold rush even as archers Tamanna and Ridhi have ensured a 1-2 finish for the home team when they take on each other in a riveting summit clash of the girls recurve event at the Panjab University campus in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Maharashtra bagged a gold medal each in tennis, table tennis, and swimming, which swelled their overall tally to 98 — 37 gold, 33 silver, and 28 bronze medals. Kerala emerged the biggest gainers of the day, bagging a total of 11 gold, 10 silver, and 10 bronze in their traditional sport kalaripayattu to jump to the fifth spot with 13 gold medals behind Karnataka’s 21 and Manipur’s 16.
Maharashtra’s Akanksha Nitture won the girl’s singles tennis title, beating Karnataka’s Sunita Maruri 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 while Diya Chitale and Swastika Ghosh got together to defeat Haryana duo of Suhana Saini and Prithoki Chakraborti 14-12, 11-9, 11-6 in table tennis girls doubles. Swimmer Apeksha Fernandes then put Maharashtra ahead by winning the 200m girls individual medley, setting a new meet mark of 2:25.18 seconds in the process. But it was once again the Karnataka swimmers bagging four of the six gold medals on offer on the day.