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Maha gymnasts script golden tale of success at Khelo

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Ending the tournament on a high, the Under-17 and Under-21 teams walked away with the overall title in both categories by a comfortable margin ahead of and

In all, finished with 14 gold medals (U-17 five and U-21 nine), a said.

The first day in the U-17 category was dominated by

The rhythmic all-around competition that followed saw Bavleen Kaur of steal the show.

However, the final day of the U-17 category belonged to

It was the day of apparatus finals and the hosts won 17 medals which took their total to 21.

Maharashtra topped the U-17 medal tally with 21 medals (Golds-5, Silver-7 and Bronze-9), followed by with 10 medals and with four (G-4).

The story of the Under- 21 category was similar.

On the first day, Maharashtra secured three medals.

The women's artistic all around competition was won by West Bengal, while the rhythmic (IAAC) section was won by Aditee Dandekar, another Maharashtra gymnast.

Maharashtra took the U-21 championship with a total of 18 medals (Golds-9, Silver-6, Bronze-3).

finished second with 11 medals while Uttar Pradesh was third with six.

Maharashtra Mahendra Babhulkar credited the strong performance to the fact that they had the opportunity to practice at the host complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi days before the event.

Many of his young gymnasts have been training at the Authority of (SAI) training centre in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Babhulkar said having a SAI training centre in the state makes a huge difference to his gymnasts as facilities and equipment are very good.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 16:55 IST