National Games: Hrutika Shriram wins diving gold, Sai Praneeth in badminton men’s singles final

Hrutika, who hails from Solapur, scored 179.30 points to clinch the women’s 10m platform event gold medal. Madhya Pradesh’s Palak Sharma took the silver, while Esha Waghmode of Maharashtra claimed bronze.

Telangana’s B. Sai Praneeth will face Mithun Manjunath of Karnataka in the badminton men’s singles final on Thursday.

Telangana’s B. Sai Praneeth will face Mithun Manjunath of Karnataka in the badminton men’s singles final on Thursday. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Hrutika, who hails from Solapur, scored 179.30 points to clinch the women’s 10m platform event gold medal. Madhya Pradesh’s Palak Sharma took the silver, while Esha Waghmode of Maharashtra claimed bronze.

Maharashtra's Hrutika Shriram won her second gold medal in diving by clinching the women's 10m platform event in the National Games at the Sardar Patel Aquatics Complex here on Wednesday.

The Railways employee, who hails from Solapur, scored 179.30 points to clinch the title. Madhya Pradesh's Palak Sharma took the silver with 175.10 points, while Esha Waghmode of Maharashtra claimed bronze with 172.35 points.

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The trio had finished in the same order in the 3M Springboard contest 48 hours earlier.

“I was not at my best today and I erred on a couple of dives. There were butterflies in my stomach and I thought that I would have to settle for silver. But I am glad I was able to clinch gold despite that,” Hrutika said.

In badminton, former national champion B Sai Praneeth thrashed M Raghu of Karnataka in straight games and will face Mithun Manjunath in the badminton men’s singles final on Thursday.

In women's singles, top-seed Malvika Bansod of Maharashtra won a three-game thriller against Aditi Bhat in the women's singles semifinal. She will take on second-seed Aakarshi Kashyap of Chhattisgarh in the women’s singles summit clash.

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Meanwhile, in swimming, Assam's Astha Choudhury, who won the women’s 100m butterfly gold on the opening day of the Games, broke Richa Mishra’s mark of 2:21.66 in the heats of the 200m butterfly with a 2:21.52 winning effort.

Punjab’s Chahat Arora also set a new Games record in the women’s 50m Breaststroke with a time of 33.17 seconds, eclipsing the old time of 34.43 seconds set by Tamil Nadu's AV Jayaveena. Chahat had won a silver in the 200m Breaststroke on the second day.

The Results (finals):
Diving
Women’s 10m Platform: 1. Hrutika Shriram (Maharashtra) 179.30 points; 2. Palak Sharma (Madhya Pradesh) 175.10; 3. Esha Waghmode (Maharashtra) 172.35.
Other Results:
Archery (Compound)
Men
Individual: Bronze medal play-off: Gurwinder Singh (Punjab) beat Umesh Singh (Uttarakhand) 141-140.
Team: Maharashtra beat Uttarakhand 230-220.
Women
Individual: Sakshi Chaudhary (Uttar Pradesh) beat Parneet Kaur (Punjab) 143-140.
Team: Bronze medal play-off: Punjab beat Delhi 224-221.
Mixed Team: Bronze medal play-off: Uttar Pradesh beat Andhra Pradesh 152-151.
Badminton
Men’s Singles (semifinals): B Sai Praneeth (Telangana) beat M Raghu (Karnataka) 21-12, 21-19; M Mithun (Karnataka) beat Aryamann Tandon (Gujarat) 21-9, 11-21.
Women’s Singles (semifinals): Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) beat Aditi Bhatt (Uttarakhand) 21-10, 19-21, 21-13; Aakarshi Kashyap (Chhattisgarh) beat Tanya Hemanth (Karnataka) 21-9, 21-15.
Women’s Doubles (Semifinals): Sikki Reddy and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela (Telangana) bt Kavya Gupta and Khushi Gupta (Delhi) 21-16, 21-17; Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat (Karnataka) beat Mahreen Riza and Arathi Sara Sunil (Kerala) 23-21, 21-11.
Men’s Doubles (Semifinals): PS Ravikrishna and Sankarprasad Udayakumar (Kerala) beat HV Nithin and Vaibhaav (Karnataka) 21-17, 21-14; Hariharan Amsakarunan and Ruban Kumar (Tamil Nadu) beat Shyam Prasad and S Sunjith (Kerala) 21-19, 21-16
Mixed Doubles (Semifinals): Sai Pratheek and Ashwini Ponnappa (Karnataka) beat Hariharan Amsakarunan and VR Nardhana (Tamil Nadu) 23-21, 13-21, 21-19; Rohan Kapoor and Kanika Kanwal (Delhi) beat S Sunjith and TR Gowrikrishna (Kerala) 24-22, 21-18.
Basketball (5x5)
Men’s semifinal: Tamil Nadu beat Services 90-47 (Half-time: 46-15).
Women’s semifinal: Tamil Nadu beat Madhya Pradesh 82-30 (42-15).
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