Haryana andTamil Nadu share second spot
Karnataka swimmers dominated the first day of finals in swimming at the SPM Pool in the first inaugural Khelo India School Games on Thursday. Their swimmers won six of the nine gold medals on offer and both the boys and girls contributed three each. Earlier in the day, sprinter VA Shashikanth from Government Sports High School and Youth Centre in Vidyanagar gave them their first gold when he won the 200 metres.
That saw Karnataka lead the medals tally with seven gold and they had three bronze medals for a total of 10 medals.
Thursday saw a total of 17 gold medals with nine in the pool, seven on the track and one in wrestling.
Down the medals tally, Kerala and Maharashtra have two gold, both from athletics, while seven states, Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh have one gold each. A total of 14 states, from the 36 which are competing in these Games have already found a place in the medals tally.
The first wrestling gold was also decided as there were only three contestants and it went to Maharashtras Nikhil Mali, who won his bouts against Amit of Haryana and Maharashtras KrushnaGhodke. Amit took the silver as he won his bout against Ghodke.
The days biggest star was Karnataka swimmer, Srihari Nataraj, who bettered his own National record in 100m backstroke with a time of 56.90 seconds, improving on his own mark by nine hundredths of second. He was also part of the Karnataka team which raced away to a gold medal in 4 x 100m freestyle, where he swam the final leg.
Three others, all in athletics, have also become multiple medalists. Among them, Keralas, AncySojan, like Srihari, won both her medals on Thursday. She carried in on in the tradition of excellent jumpers from Kerala, winning the girls long jump and finished second in 200 metres. The two events were held in very a short span of time. Ancy ran the 200m heats at 10.45 amfollowed by long jump, which began at 11.40 am and the 200m final was at 12.40 pm. The tight scheduling took a toll and Ancy finished second to Chanveer Kaur.
The 16-year-old AncySojan is from Government Fisheries Higher Secondary School, Nattika, and is coached by Sanuj V in Thrishoor. Both her coach and father, Sojan E T are from a modest background and drive auto rickshaws.
Two other athletes have become multiple medallists, as Sandra Babu of Kerala won her second silver she was second in long after being second in triple jump a day earlier. Sandra Babu is Government Higher Secondary School, Mathirappilly. Tamil Nadus Praveen, a Class XI student of Balakrishnan Matriculation School, added a long jump silver to his triple jump gold.
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