Khelo India 2019: Prachi Tokas gives Delhi edge over Karnataka in swimming

Prachi won the under-17 women’s 400m freestyle with a time of 4:37.99, one tenth of a second ahead of Khushi Dinesh of Karnataka.

Champion Prachi Tokas of Delhi with Khushi Dinesh (left) and Aanya Wala in women's 400-metre freestyle in the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune on Friday.   -  Special Arrangement

Prachi Tokas played a significant role in keeping Delhi ahead of power house Karnataka in swimming in the Khelo India Youth Games at the Balewadi Complex in Pune on Friday.

Prachi won the under-17 women’s 400m freestyle with a time of 4:37.99, one tenth of a second ahead of Khushi Dinesh of Karnataka. Later, she combined with Janhvi Choudhary, Astha Choudhury and Shivangi Sarma to win the 4x100m freestyle relay for Delhi, by beating Maharashtra and Karnataka. Prachi had won the 800m freestyle gold on the opening day.

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Swadesh Mondal won the 400m individual medley for Delhi with a time of 4:47.13, beating Shoan Ganguly of Goa comfortably. Anurag Singh wound up the show nicely for Delhi with the 1500m freestyle gold, as he beat three from Karnataka by more than 22 seconds, with a time of 16:40.54.

Delhi took its tally in swimming to eight gold, four silver and six bronze medals. Karnataka had seven gold, six silver and five bronze medals. Maharashtra followed with six gold, four silver and four bronze medals to be ahead of Tamil Nadu which had four gold, five silver and a bronze medals.

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For Tamil Nadu, Bhavika Dugar added a third gold to her collection with the 400m freestyle, after having won the 200m and 800m freestyle events.

Srihari Nataraj of Karnataka comfortably won the 100m backstroke gold to add to the 200m freestyle he had won earlier. He clocked 57.07 seconds in beating Xavier D’Souza of Goa by more than
a second.