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Future Stars Shine Bright As Khelo India School Games Nears End

The winners of rhythmic gymnastics at the Khelo India School Games, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Source – Official Twitter account of Khelo India)
The winners of rhythmic gymnastics at the Khelo India School Games, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Source – Official Twitter account of Khelo India)

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Future Stars Shine Bright As Khelo India School Games Nears End

Haryana swept the wrestling events while the Karnakata team excelled in the swimming pool.

Haryana continued to lead the medals tally, thanks to its command performance in the wrestling events, but Maharashtra was following at a close second on Wednesday afternoon, the penultimate day of the Khelo India School Games.

The day saw the finals of the all-round rhythmic gymnastics events. Delhi’s Mehak Preet Kaur clinched the gold medal. The silver medal went to Bavleen Kaur of Jammu and Kashmir while Maharashtra’s Priyanka Acharya clinched the bronze medal.

One of the highlights of Tuesday came during the weightlifting events. World Youth Championship silver medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga, who is representing Maharashtra, won the gold medal in the Boys’ 62 kg category.

The silver medal also went to Maharashtra with Jacob Vanlaltluanga lifting a total of 247 kg. The two sportspersons, incidentally, are from Mizoram but represent Maharashtra as they are from the Pune-based Army Sports Institute.

Young sportspersons have made full use of the opportunity to make a mark for themselves in diverse disciplines, many of which are now over. The competition in wrestling, swimming, shooting and kabbadi ended on Sunday.

Athletics had ended on Saturday while the volleyball events concluded on Monday.

Haryana came out on top in wrestling, winning 14 gold medals, followed by Delhi with six. The state has won three medals, including two gold, in judo, and three medals, including one gold, in shooting.

(ReadShooting Star Manu Bhaker Leads Haryana’s Charge At Khelo India School Games 2018)

In swimming, Karnataka won 14 gold medals, followed by Delhi’s seven and Maharashtra’s six gold.

The Khelo India Games has 3,700 participants from across the country. Uttarakhand’s Anu Kumar clinched the first gold medal of the Khelo India School Games while Tamil Nadu grabbed two out of the six gold medals on the opening day.

Anu Kumar and Pooja from Haryana bagged two gold medals. Other states like Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana too won medals in Athletics.

In the shooting finals, Zeena Khitta from Chandigarh won the 10m Air Rifle for Girls, while Maharshtra’s Shahu Mane topped the 10m Air Rifle Boys event. Shahu Tushar Mane is ranked first followed by Rithik Ramesh from Tamil Nadu and Parth Makhija of Delhi.

Maharshtrian Nandita Satish and Madhya Pradesh’s Yana came second and third respectively in the women category.

Abhishek Singh of Uttar Pradesh won a gold for his throw of 18.73m and Kerala’s Aparna Roy topped the girls 100m hurdles. They were declared best athletes of the track and field events at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.

Arnav Yadav rocked the Hammer Throw event with a throw of 64.09m. Afsar Ahmad stood second and Paras Deshwal came third. Delhi dominated in the girls’ hammer with Harshita Sherawat coming first with a distance of 58.53m.

Racing event witnessed the jaw-dropping performance when the boys concluded the 400m race within 49 seconds and girls completed it in less than a minute. Dhanush Kumar and Sumithra B. were the winners in the race.

(Read – Khelo India School Games 2018: Maharashtra Athlete Tai Bamhane A Star In The Making)

Celebrating The ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’

Centuries old Indian tradition of ‘teacher-and-student’ was celebrated in a prosperous style at the opening ceremony at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on January 31.

The traditional ceremony witnessed some of the iconic teacher- student combinations like-

  • Athlete PT Usha with Tintu Kuka and Jishna Mathew
  • Satpal with Sushil Kumar (wrestling)
  • Ibomcha Singh with MC Marykom and Vikas Krishan (boxing)
  • Kuldip Malik with Sakshi Malik (wrestling)
  • Pullela Gopichand with Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, K Srikanth (badminton)
  • Amarjeet Singh with Vishesh Briguvanshi (basketball)
  • Nihar Ameen with Virdhawal Khade and Srihari Natarajan (swimming)
  • Savio Medeira with Baichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri (football)
  • Bisheshwar Nandi with Dipa Karmakar (gymnastics)
  • Harendra Singh with Sardar Singh and Rani (hockey)
  • Balwan Singh with Rahul Chaudhary and Ajay Thakur (kabaddi)

(Read – Mega Sports Meet Khelo India School Games Opened By PM Narendra Modi)

Bollywood Presence At Khelo India

Akshay Kumar could not resist himself and ended up playing badminton at the Khelo India School Games on Tuesday at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore praises his true sportsman spirit through Twitter.

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