Ten-year-old Abhinav Shaw teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to clench a gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle mixed team event in the under-21 category at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019.
With this, Abhinav Shaw became the youngest gold medalist in shooting at the Games while it was Mehuli’s second gold, as she had picked up one a day earlier.
Named by his parents after star shooter and Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, Abhinav Shaw had become India’s youngest national games gold medalist in 2018.
Other Shooting Stars
Son of India’s first individual Olympic silver medalist and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, Manavaditya Rathore bagged the first position in the men’s under-21 shooting event.
Daughter of former pistol legend Jaspal Rana, Devanshi Rana has won the Under-21 junior women’s 25m pistol gold, defeating Haryana’s resurgent Anjali Choudhary.
Delhi, led by India internationals Sachin Malik (Boys Under-21; above 100kg), a Macau Asian Cup 2018 bronze medalist, and Tulika Maan (Girls Under-21; above 78kgs), who bagged gold at Macau, won three more gold medals in the judo competition.
Delhi topped in both the Under-17 and Under-21 sections with six gold medals in each category.
The third winner was Reetika Dahiya (Girls Under-21; Below-63kgs).
Tamil Nadu’s Balakumar Nithin catapulted himself among the country’s top sprinters, capturing a golden double in the athletics competition in the Khelo India Youth Games.
His under-21 200m gold medal-winning time of 21.57 seconds this afternoon would have fetched him a top-16 rank in India last year.
Meanwhile, Karnataka‘s AT Daneshwari also completed the sprint double, winning the girls under-21 200m in 24.58 seconds.
The under-17 runner, Avantika Narale missed out on the 100m final, scripted a run in the 200m final that was faster than Daneshwari’s time by a hundredth of a second.
Another performance that raised expectations was a 19.20m shot put effort by Amandeep Singh Dhaliwal from Punjab in the boy’s under-17 division.
Aditee Dandekar and Arik Dey turned in meticulous performances as Maharashtra once again dominated the gymnastics arena at Khelo India Youth Games to wrap up the Under-21 category with nine medals on the last day of competition.
Swimmer Yuga Birnale led Maharashtra’s charge with three medals today, including two gold in the women’s under-21 200 medley.
Chhattisgarh’s Aakarshi Kashyap has won the Girls Under-21 gold medal in badminton beating Maharashtra’s Malvika Bansod.
Farmer’s daughter, Akshata Kamati has won gold in girls Under-21, 71 kg weightlifting event representing Karnataka.
Host Maharashtra Racing Ahead
Host of Khelo India Youth Games 2019, Maharashtra clenched gold medals in almost every discipline to race ahead of the other states in Games.
The state got four gold medals each from swimming and gymnastics, a gold from athletics, badminton and judo to race away past the 50-mark for gold medals.
Maharashtra now has total 156 medals with 56 gold, 44 silver and 56 bronze medals.
Delhi still lags behind in the race for overall supremacy with 45 gold, 27 silver and 38 bronze for a total of 107 medals.
Last year’s champion, Haryana has a total of 103 medals consisting of 33 gold, 34 silver and 36 bronze.
The top three states have all crossed the 100-mark in medals, and Maharashtra has gone past 150.
(Note- All the photos are courtesy the official website of Khelo India Youth Games 2019.)