Maharashtra impressed spectators on the seventh Day of the Khelo India School Games as they leapfrogged Delhi to cement their position in the second spot. Haryana still held on to the top spot by winning a couple of Gold medals while Delhi is at the third spot with 19 gold medals behind Maharashtra in the overall tally.
Haryana’s Priya from GHS Makhrauli Khurd in Rohtak extended the lead at the top by grabbing the pole position in the Girls’ 40 kg Judo event. Ashmita Dey of Tripura finished behind her with a Silver medal which was also the first medal for the North-Eastern State in the ongoing Games.
Kadiyan Mayank of Gujarat secured the second Gold medal for his State pushing its position to the 13th place in the standings. The only gold medal the hosts Delhi got throughout the day was by the virtue of Krishna Kumar who claimed top honours in the 55kg Boys’ Judo event.
Apart from Tripura, newly formed State Telangana also scripted its name in the medals tally with a Gold medal in the 69kg Boys’ weightlifting category which was won by R.Sivalingeswara. Maharashtra’s Dambi Upme settled for a Silver medal.
Uttar Pradesh’s only Gold medal in the day was in the Boys’ Individual all-round Gymnastics category. Mohd Anas top scored in the event with 66.50 points while Ankur Sharma from the same State finished marginally behind him with a reading of 65.90.
West Bengal followed up the good work from Day 6 as the State clinched its third Gold medal on the Games on Tuesday when Tegharia Vidyapith’s Bidisha Gayen earned a top podium finish in the Girls’ Individual All Round Artistic event. Protistha Samanta from the same state finished behind her who scored exactly 2 points lesser than the Gold medal holder.
Trupti Mane of Maharashtra was among the winners on Day 7 as she lifted her way to glory in the Girls’ 58kg weightlifting event who piped Sukarna Adak of West Bengal to emerge victoriously. Harish ensured that Haryana remains at the top of the tally by virtue of his standout performance in the Boys’ 50kg Judo completion.
Sneha Khaware from Maharashtra was the other Gold medal winner from the Western State in the 62kg Boys’ weightlifting event. Jeremy Lalrinnunga from Army Sports Institute left behind Jacob Vanlaltluanga to earn a top place finish. Manipur swelled up its medals tally further by Lamabam Nilam Devi stormed her way to a promising win in the 53kg weightlifting event while Ananya Palit had to settle for Silver.
In another development, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod announced that the Khelo India Games will expound in the coming years and separate a championship for women will be organised.
“There will be an encouragement of women’s sports and for that, there will be a separate championship within the Khelo India. We now have 16 sports in the Khelo India School Games but next year we will increase this number,” said Rathod.
The Olympic Silver medallist is very happy with the standard of the Khelo India School Games and feels it will be a ‘pathway’ for talented youngsters to reach the highest level from school and college levels.
At the end of Day 7, Haryana is still at the top with 22 gold medals while Maharashtra is catching up with 19. Delhi also has 19 Gold medals but is behind Maharashtra due to the latter’s superiority in the Silver medal accumulation. Karnataka hasn’t improved much as they are placed 4th while is at the 5th spot with 8 gold medals.