Khelo India: Srihari makes a splash in 100m backstroke

February 2, 2018

SportsKhelo India


Karnataka’s Srihari Nataraj took the honours in the swimming pool on Day Two of the Khelo India School Games here on Thursday, winning the 100m backstroke gold in 56.90 seconds to set a new National mark in the event. The previous record of 56.99s was set by him at the Asian age group championship in Tashkent last year.

Srihari also added the 4x100m freestyle gold to his kitty, combining with Saif Chandan Ali KS — who won an individual bronze for himself in the 400m freestyle category — Prassiddh Krishna and Aditya Bopanna as Karnataka leapfrogged into top spot on the table with ten medals, seven of them gold. Tamil Nadu had more medals overall (12) with most of them bronze.

Most of Tamil Nadu’s medals continued to come in track and field. C. Praveen’s hopes of a golden double were dashed when he was pushed to second spot in the long jump by Haryana’s Bhupender Singh in the second-last attempt.

Leading till the very end, with a jump of 6.93 metres, Praveen had to settle for second spot after Bhupender managed distances of 6.99 and 7.04 in his last two attempts. But Praveen, who had won the triple jump on Day One, became the third double medallist in track and field competition, along with the Kerala duo of Ancy Sojan E and Sandra Babu.

Ancy won gold in long jump — despite managing just two legitimate jumps — and silver in the 200m while Sandra added a long jump silver to go with her second spot in triple jump.

In the boys’ javelin throw event, Maharashtra’s Vikas Yadav claimed gold with a final attempt of 75.02m to overtake Yashveer Singh of Haryana, who had three throws of over 70 metres in an event where the top four finishers crossed the 70m mark.

The results: Athletics: 200m: Boys: 1. Shashikanth VA 21.82s, 2. Karan Hegiste 21.98, 3. Anshul 22.27s; Girls: 1. Chanveer Kaur 24.76s, 2. Ancy Sojan E 25.31, 3. M. Santra Teresa Martin 25.44

Javelin: Boys: 1. Vikas Yadav 75.02m, 2. Yashveer Singh 73.87, 3. Arpit Yadav 71.90; Girls: 1. Jyoti 40.59m, 2. Auhona Roy 39.90, 3. Jashanpreet Kaur 37.10m.

Long jump: Boys: 1. Bhupender Singh 7.04, 2. C. Praveen 6.93, 3. Mohd. Shahrukh 6.87; Girls: 1. Ancy Sojan E 5.80, 2. Sandra Babu 5.68, P. Babisha 5.62.

Pole vault: Girls: 1. T. Sathya 3.50, 2. Reshma Patil 2.80, 3. R. Sreelakshmi R 2.40.

Swimming: 400m freestyle: Boys: 1. Mohit Venkatesh 4:18.10s, 2. Zidane Iqbal Sayed 4:18.43, 3. Saif Chandan Ali KS 4:19.10; Girls: 1. Khushi Dinesh 4:39.52, 2. Prachi Tokas 4:41.55, 3. Poojitha G. Murthy 4:46.83.

100m backstroke: Boys: 1. Srihari Nataraj 56.90, 2. Xavier Michael D’Souza 1:00.03, 3. Vedant Bapna 1:01.31; Girls: 1. Suvana C. Bhaskar 1:08.23, 2. Khushi Jain 1:09.58, 3. Pratyasa Ray 1:10.05.

200m breaststroke: Boys: 1. Lohith M 2:25.99, 2. Swadesh Mondal 2:26.70, 3. Maibam Mangalsana Meitei 2:30.38; Girls: 1. Saloni Dalal 2:46.57, 2. Kenisha Gupta 2:48.50, 3. Aaliyah Singh 2:51.75.

100m butterfly: Boys: 1. Xavier Michael D’Souza 57.85, 2. Neel Roy 58.42, 3. Adhithya D 58.56; Girls: 1. Firdoush Kayamkhani 1:08.15, 2. Aastha Choudhury 1:09.68, 3. Poojitha G. Murthy and Priyanga Pugazharasu 1:09.94.

4x100m freestyle: Boys: 1. Karnataka 3:44.11, 2. Tamil Nadu 3:44.94, 3. Maharashtra 3:48.32.

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