Khelo India Games: Haryana pumps 12 Gold medals on Day 4, jumps from 6th to 1st positionJanuary 14, 2020, Guwahati
Haryana all but struck a gold mine in the Khelo India Youth Games here on Monday to surge past Maharashtra to the top of the medal table.
Pumped up by four gold in kabaddi, three each in archery and athletics and one each from cycling and gymnastics, they amassed 17 gold after Day 4 to catapult from Number 6 to Number 1.
Maharashtra picked up only four gold to manage a tally of 16 to slip to the second position. They have a total of 71 medals, though, as opposed to Haryana’s 47, to set up a thrilling race to the finish.
The defending champions, Maharashtra, were well served by Aditee Ajit Dandekar (Girls Under-21 Individual all-Around rhythmic gymnastics) and their 4x100m relay quartet but they could only watch as Haryana went for the kill across sports.
Haryana dominated kabaddi but were surprisingly taken to the wire by Himachal Pradesh in the Girls Under-21 final; the hill Stat, in fact, rallied from a six-point deficit at half-time to tie the scores at 27-27 at the end of regulation time.
Last year’s runners-up Haryana had to dig deep into the reserves of their strength and experience to sneak home in extra-time.