Upbeat Shivangi dominates with her 5th Gold medal for Assam

January 22, 2020, Guwahati

Swimming, BadmintonKhelo India Youth Games

Kenisha Gupta won her third gold to add to the two relay crowns that she anchored Maharashtra’s teams to victory at the Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati.

The unstoppable Shivangi Sarma of Assam too stamped her signature with a fifth freestyle swimming gold medal on Tuesday.

Maharashtra hold a handsome lead over Haryana both in terms of gold and total medals won. Maharashtra’s 74 gold, 68 silver and 92 bronze gave the state a total of 234 medals, well past the 228 that their athletes won at home in Pune last year. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka are placed above Assam.

Kenisha, a long-limbed 16-year-old Mumbaikar, held her own by winning the Under-17 50m race in a faster time despite a visibly slower start.

Karnataka swimmer Srihari Nataraj’s loss to Mihir Ambre in the 50m freestyle final meant that he went out of the reckoning to garner five gold medals. Karnataka and Maharashtra swimmers will resume their own battle at the Dr Zakir Hussain Aquatics Complex on the final day on Wednesday, with both teams having won 17 gold each.

In badminton, Gujarat’s Mir Tasnim Irfan Ali beat favourite Unnati Bisht of Uttarakhand in three games in the girls under-21 singles final at the Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium. Madhya Pradesh’s Sakshi Phogat took the under-17 gold with a 21-16, 23-21 victory over Riya Habbu (Maharashtra).

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