Welcome to Sportstar’s HIGHLIGHTS of the 36th National Games in Gujarat.
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Advait Page (Madhya Pradesh) wins 800m freestyle gold. Aryan Nehra (Gujarat) and Sajan Prakash (Kerala) settle for silver and bronze, respectively.
Maana Patel (Gujarat) wins women’s 100m backstroke gold, creating a new National Games record at 1:04.35 seconds. Srihari Nataraj (Karnataka) wins the men’s 100m backstroke gold.
Kerala’s Sajan Prakash, leading from the front, wins the men’s 50m butterfly gold medal in the day’s final event. Rohit Benediction of Tamil Nadu settles for silver, while Harsh Saroha of Haryana edges Srihari Nataraj to win the bronze medal.
In men’s hockey Group A league match, Maharashtra beats West Bengal2-0 at the end of the fourth quarter at the Major Dhyanchand Hockey Ground, Rajkot. In the meantime, Karnataka wins a 3-2 thriller against Jharkhand in the final Group B match.
Men’s boxing is currently in action. Bastab Chetia of Assam is up against Parvesh Musharaf of Tamil Nadu in heavyweight boxing. Result is: Parvesh trounces Bastab in an one-sided bout to move to the second round.
In the first round of middleweight category boxing, Ankit Khatana of Haryana beats Jitender Fulchand of Daman and Diu, while Buntee Singh, representing Delhi, gets better of Rahul Hooda of Chandigarh. Maharashtra’s Nikhil Dubey beats Pritish Bishnoi of Rajasthan.
In men’s hockey league match, Maharashtra leads 2-0 against West Bengal at the end of the third quarter at Major Dhyanchand Hockey Ground, Rajkot.
In women’s welterweight boxing, Lalita, representing Rajasthan, is no match for Shivangi Thakur of Himachal Pradesh. Lalita beats Shivangi 5-0 to progress to the second round.
In men’s welterweight boxing, Tushar Debnath of Tripura advances to the third round as Ashok Krishna Patil has pulled out of the bout. In women’s category, Rajasthan’s Sapna Sharma beats B.S. Krihsnapreethi of Kerala 1-0 in the first round.
Haryana beats Jharkhand 5-4 to win the women’s recurve team gold medal. In men’s recurve archery final, Services team does not turn up, so Haryana has been declared the winner.
In a women’s football league match, Odisha beats Gujarat 11-0 at Shahibagh Police Stadium. In the men’s football league match, Services registers a 3-0 win over Odisha at Transtadia to secure a place in the semifinals.
Paramjeetkaur, representing Gujarat, wins the women’s welterweight category first round match against S. Pragathi of Tamil Nadu. Yet again, the referee calls off the match midway through the bout to protect the boxers from injuries.
In women’s welterweight boxing, Ankushita Boro of Assam makes a comeback to beat Telangana’s Niharika Gonella and advances to the second round. Niharika won the first round, but in the second round, she received warnings before the referee called off the bout and declared Ankushita the winner. Next in action: Paramjeetkaur of Gujarat vs S.Pragathi of Tamil Nadu
Paramjeetkaur, representing Gujarat, wins the women’s welterweight category first round match against S. Pragathi of Tamil Nadu. Yet again, the referee calls off the bout to protect the boxers from injuries.
In women’s football league match, Odisha takes 6-0 lead against Gujarat in the first half at Shahibagh Police Stadium.
In the women’s featherweight category first-round match, Samim Banu Khulakpham of Manipur progresses. She gets better of Delhi’s Jyoti in yet another unanimous result. In women’s welterweight boxing, Telangana’s Niharika Gonella is currently boxing Ankushita Boro of Assam.
In a men’s football league match, Services Sports Control Board takes 1-0 lead against Odisha in the first half at Transtadia. In the meantime in a women’s football league match, Odisha pours in three goals against Gujarat in the first half at Shahibagh Police Stadium.
In the first round of women’s featherweight category boxing, Haryana’s Poonam registered a unanimous 5-0 win over Himachal Pradesh’s Vinakshi Dhota. Currently in action: Samim Banu Khulakpham of Manipur vs Jyoti of Delhi.
In men’s welterweight boxing, Chander Mohan of Himachal Pradesh advanced to the third round. He beat Amit Sheoran of Rajasthan 5-0 in a unanimous decision. In another second-round match, Tushar Debnath of Tripura will take on Goa’s Ashok Krishna Patil, while B.S. Krihsnapreethi of Kerala will box Sapna Sharma of Rajasthan in the first round of women’s featherweight category boxing.
The boxing bouts will start with a round one bout in women’s featherweight. It is Jamuna Boro (Assam) vs Nirmal (Nagaland). Jamuna Boro has it easy as she is declared the winner of the bout unanimously by the judges.
Next in women’s featherweight is Krishna Preethi (KERALA) vs Sapna Sharma (Rajasthan)
Women’s Recurve Final - Haryana’s Sangeetha shows great composure to trump Anshika Kumari from Jharkhand to win the gold medal.
Men’s Recurve Final - Atanu Das (West Bengal) vs Gurucharan Besra (Services). Atanu Das leads 3-1 after set 2. He has looked calm and composed so far. Gurucharan gets the third set to make it 3-3. Another tied score in the fourth set and it is 4-4 now. Atanu Das finally finds the getaway point in the fifth set and wins the gold. He goes on to embrace Gurucharan and even poses for photos with him. ATANU DAS WINS GOLD.
Mixed Recurve Final - Haryana vs Maharshtra. Haryana takes a 2-0 lead after the first set. The Maharashtra duo strikes back in the second set to level the score and then wins the third to get hold off of the lead, 4-2. Haryana strikes back immediately in the fourth set and pushes the final into the final set. And with the pressure building, Haryana seals the gold medal with the last arrow. HARYANA WINS GOLD IN MIXED RECURVE FINAL.
Women’s Singles Final - Aakarshi Kashyap vs Malvika Bansod. Kashyap dominates the first set and wins it 21-8. Malvika fights back in the second set and takes an early lead. Kashyap sees the storm and gets two championship points. Malvika shows her resolve by saving both and making it 20-20. But she can’t deny Aakarshi Kashyap for long and gives away two points. Aakarshi Kashyap wins gold in women’s singles. SCORE - 21-8, 22-20
Mixed Doubles Finals - Ashwini Ponnappa/Sai Pratheek vs Rohan Kapoor/Kanika Kanwal. The Karnataka duo show all their class to wrap up the first set easily by a margin of 21-15. The second set follows in the same line as the top seeded Ponnappa-Pratheek wins 21-13 and with that clinches the gold medal.
Men’s Singles Finals - Sai Praneeth vs Mithun Manjunath. Praneeth is quick off the block and gets into an early lead and wins the first set comprehensively. 21-11 the score. Mithun strikes back instantly. He claims the second set 21-12. It is game on in the third set. Sai Praneeth brushes off the set-back and wins the third set 21-16 and wins the gold.
Men’s Doubles Finals - Ravikrishna/Sankarprasad Udayakumar (Kerala) vs Hariharan/Ruban (TN)- The Kerala duo takes the first set 21-19. Ravikrishna and Sankarprasad Udayakumar wrap up the second set by the same score and get hold of the Gold Medal.
Recurve round - Women’s individual bronze medal match between Avani and Simranjeet Kaur has started. Simranjeet takes an early lead to put Avani under pressure. She hold on to the lead in style and wins the bronze medal for Punjab.
Recurve round - Men’s individual bronze medal match - Tarundeep Rai vs Gaurav Lambe. An intense contest with both archers matching each other well. But Tarundeep finally pulls ahead in the third set. But Gaurav fights back in the fourth to make it 5-3. Tarundeep keeps his cool and wins the last set and clinches a bronze medal for Services.
Mixed team bronze medal match - Jharkhand vs Rajasthan. Rajasthan takes a 2-0 lead after the first set. Jharkhand strikes back in second set to level it 2-2 and wins three more points in the subsequent sets to seal the bronze medal.
Women’s team bronze medal match - Assam vs Gujarat. It is even steven and the bronze medal game heads into a tiebreaker after it ended 4-4. Gujarat wins bronze in the tiebreaker.
Men’s team bronze medal match - Maharashtra vs Jharkhand - It is 4-4 and looks set for another tiebreak. The Maharashtra team shows nerves of steel to seal it in the tiebreak and wins the bronze medal.
Men’s 1m spring board event happening at the Swimming Complex in Rajkot.
Haryana and Gujarat facing off at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Ground, Rajkot in a pool-stage match. And even before the halfway mark, Haryana has built a three-goal lead. Haryana’s lead grows to 7-0 in the fourth quarter and that is the final score. HARYANA WINS.
Two games in the morning session. In women’s it is Maharashtra vs Assam and in Men’s, Manipur vs Kerala.
At half-time Manipur takes a 1-0 lead. It needs more goals to boost its goal difference so as to qualify for the semifinal. But Kerala strikes back in the second half as it came back from 2-1 to win the game with the winner coming in the 89th minute.
In the women’s game, Assam scores twice in both half to secure a comfortable win.
Women’s 3rd place playoff - Kerala beats Madhya Pradesh 75-62 to win the bronze medal in the event. Telangana and Tamil Nadu will face off in the final at 10 AM. In Men’s bronze medal match, it is Services who is leading Karnataka going into the last quarter. A comfortable margin of 17 points for Services. Services wins Bronze by beating Karnataka by a margin of 94-67.
Women’s Final - Tamil Nadu vs Telangana. A thrilling game, befitting of a final. Tamil Nadu led 54-49 at the end of the third quarter. But Telangana strikes back in the last quarter and wins the Gold. Score - 62-67.
Men’s Final - Punjab vs Tamil Nadu.
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Lovlina, Hussamuddin reach boxing quarterfinals
Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain and two-time Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin recorded comprehensive wins to reach the quarterfinals of their respective weight categories at the boxing arena of the National Games on Wednesday.
Lovlina will meet Indraja K.A. of Kerala in the women’s 75kg quarterfinals. Hussamuddin will take on national champion Rohit Mor in the men’s 57kg last-eight clash.
Encouraged by Assam teammate and World Championships bronze medallist Jamuna Boro from the stands and seconded by Worlds and Asian medallist Shiva Thapa, Lovlina – who had injured her nose recently during the selection trials for the Asian Championships – did not let her debut bout in 75kg last long.
Lovlina rained punches on a hapless Nishi Bhardwaj, who got two standing counts before the referee stopped the contest in the opening round.
Hussamuddin convincingly defeated Satish Kumar 5-0. “After the Commonwealth Games, I spent some time with my (newborn) daughter, before resuming my training for the trials. I will use the National Games to prepare myself for the Asian Championships,” said Hussamuddin.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jaismine Lomboria trounced Telangana’s Manasa Mattaparthi in a 60kg bout.
Zeel Desai, Manish Sureshkumar clinch tennis singles gold
Home favourite Zeel Desai claimed the women’s singles title, while Tamil Nadu’s Manish Sureshkumar took the men’s singles crown in the tennis competitions of the National Games at the Riverfront Sports Development Complex here on Wednesday.
The third-seeded Zeel was leading 6-2, 3-2 against Karnataka’s Sharmada Balu when the latter conceded the match due to an ankle injury.
“I am extremely happy to win the gold today. It was special to play with so much support on the home turf. I am used to the heat of Ahmedabad and it helped me while playing against some of them,” said Zeel.
Yubrani Banerjee of West Bengal and Rutuja Bhosale of Maharashtra bagged the bronze.
Manish rallied to beat Maharashtra’s Arjun Kadhe 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.
After winning the first set, Arjun suffered rib pain and could not maintain the tempo. Manish took advantage of the situation to win the next two sets.
Karnataka’s S.D. Prajwal Dev and G. Manish got the bronze medals.
Haryana, Punjab remain unbeaten in women’s hockey
Haryana and Punjab competed for their engagements in pool A and Pool B respectively with an all-win record in the National Games women’s hockey at the Dhyanchand hockey stadium here on Wednesday.
Haryana crushed Uttar Pradesh 5-1 for its third consecutive win in pool B. Odisha thrashed Gujarat 23-0 in another pool A match. Captain Gurjit Kaur scored a hat-trick as Punjab warded off a stiff challenge from young Jharkhand girls to win 3-2 in Pool B. Jharkhand stunned Punjab with an early goal scored by Salima Tete in the second minute. However, Punjab regrouped and captain Gurjit Kaur converted two penalty corners which they earned in the sixth and ninth minutes to take the lead. Gujrat completed her hat-trick by scoring off another penalty corner in the 26th minute. Jharkhand pulled one back in the 60th minute to reduce the margin.
In the men's section, Karnataka continued its unbeaten run with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Jharkhand. Tamil Nadu slumped to its second straight defeat after losing 1-3 to Uttar Pradesh in a pool B match.
Harshika topples Astha to clinch gold; Sajan dominates men’s 200m butterfly
The 14-year-old Harshika Ramachandra of Karnataka toppled another favourite Astha Choudhury on her way to her third individual gold medal in the 36 th National Games Swimming events at the Sardar Patel Aquatic complex here on Wednesday.
Harshika warded off a late challenge from Assam’s Astha Choudhury to win the gold in 200m butterfly with a new games record of 2:19.12. Harshika broke Richa Mishra’s old mark (2:21.68) set in 2015.
Astha, who narrowly failed to beat Richa’s mark in the heats in the morning, was the obvious favourite to win the final. But the Assam girl got off to a slow start while Harshika hit the water early and powered into the lead at the end of the 100m. However, Astha made a strong comeback after 150 metres and chased Harshika in the final 25 metres.
However, the Karnataka girl went all out and sneaked ahead of the Astha. Harshika later anchored Karnataka 4x200m freestyle relay squad to a new games record and took her gold medal tally to four.
Sajan Prakash came up with a dominating performance to win the men’s 200m butterfly with a new record. The Olympian was off to a good start and by the end of the first lap had left the field far behind. Sajan didn’t face any challenge and he finished at least 10 metres ahead of Assam’s Bikram Changmai to set a new record of 1:59.56s. Sajan improved his own record (2:00.69s) set in 2015.
National champion Chahat Arora came up with a scintillating performance in 50m breaststroke. Chahat led from start-to-finish to clock 33.31s and broke A.V. Jayaveena’s old mark (34.43) set in 2015.
The Karnataka men’s 4x200m relay team came from behind to win the gold. Gujarat led initially but the depth in Karnataka’s team enabled it to wrest back the lead and won comfortably in a new games record of 7:41.10.
Men: 50m breaststroke: 1. S.P. Likith (SSCB) (28.62), 2. Vaishnav Hegde (SSCB), 3. Shwejal Mankar (Mah); 200m butterfly: 1. Sajan Prakash (Ker) (1:59.58 – NGR; OR- 2:00.69, Sajan Prakash, Kerala, 2015), 2. Bikram Changmai (Asm), 3. Sanu Debnath (Ben); 4x200m freestyle relay: 1. Karnataka (7:41.10 – NGR; OR – 7:44.24s, Maharashtra, 2015), 2. Gujarat, 3. Maharashtra.
Women: 50m breaststroke: 1. Chahat Arora (Pun) (33.31s – NGR; OR – 34.43, A.V.Jayaveena, TN, 2015); 2. Aarti Patil (Mah), 3. Manavi Varma (Kar); 200m butterfly: Hashika Ramachandra Kar) (2:19.12 -NGR; OR – 2:21.68, Richa Mishra, MP, 2015), 2. Astha Choudhury (Asm), 3. Vritti Agarwal (Tel); 4x200m freestyle relay: 1. Karnataka (8:51.59 – NGR; OR – 8:54.73, Maharashtra, 2015), 2. Tamil Nadu, 3. Bengal.
Rishabh, Aditi clinch individual gold medals in compound archery
Rishabh Yadav and Aditi Swami emerged as the men’s and women’s champions, respectively in compound archery competitions of the National Games at the Sanskardham Complex in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Haryana’s Rishabh defeated Maharashtra’s Ojas Detale 148-147 in a closely-fought final to take the men’s individual gold medal. Gurwinder Singh claimed the bronze medal.
Maharashtra’s Aditi pipped Delhi girl Pragati 144-143 narrowly to win the women’s individual gold. Sakshi Chaudhary got the bronze.
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Delhi – comprising Priyansh, Abhishek Verma, Kawalpreet Singh and Aman Saini – beat Punjab 233-226 to win the men’s team gold. Maharashtra took the bronze.
Aditi picked up her second gold when Maharshtra, also consisting of Monali Jadhao, Madhura Dhamangaonkar and Purvasha Shende, defeated Andhra Pradesh 229-222 in the women’s team final. Punjab pocketed the bronze.
The Punjab duo of Sangampreet Singh Bisla and Avneet Kaur beat the Delhi pair of Priyansh and Pragati 155-153 for the mixed team crown. Uttar Pradesh secured the bronze medal.