Khelo India: Assam & Bengal shine, Maharashtra remains on topJanuary 16, 2020, Guwahati
Assams contingent was on a roll as their lawn bowlers helped the state double their gold medal haul to six at the Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati on Wednesday. West Bengal joined Assam in stealing Maharashtra and Haryanas thunder on Wednesday by also winning three precious metals.
The 19-year-old Surajit Burhagohain hit paydirt in the Lawn Bowls boys under-21 singles final with a facile 21-10 win against Jharkhand’s Abhishek Lakra. The boys fours and girls triple teams made the home state’s cup of joy brim over. In Assam’s only reverse, the girls pair of Abhaya Bharti and Soni Kumari Gupta lost by one point to Bihar’s Khushbu Kumari and Nikhat Khatoon.
However, on a day on which 17 gold medals were at stake, Maharashtra and Haryana picked up two each to stay on top of the medals tally. It was at the velodrome that Maharashtra picked up their twin gold medals on Wednesday, with Kolhapur’s Pooja Baban Danole winning her fourth gold in girls under-17 competition and Mayur Pawar emerging the fastest under-21 rider.
Haryana under-17 rider Arab Singh won the boys individual pursuit gold while Anjali Chaudhary claimed the girls under-21 25m pistol shooting title to ensure that the gap with Maharashtra would not widen at the end of the day. They would be disappointed that Anil Manglaw was beaten by Punjab’s Naman Kapil in the boys under-21 individual pursuit cycling final.