National Games In Gujarat: Rupali Sunil Gangwane and the Maharashtra Mallakhambh players won three of the five available gold medals on Monday to move their state into second place overall at the National Games 2022. Additional Sports News
After a protracted and fierce struggle between the two states, the windfall has brought Maharashtra’s total number of gold medals to 34, leaving Haryana in the dust with 32. Maharashtra now holds the record for the most medals won during the Games with 126 overall, including 36 silver and 56 bronze.
Despite having a lesser total of 115 medals, Services continues to top the medals table with 53 gold, 33 silver, and 29 bronze. With 32 gold, 30 silver, and 38 bronze medals, Haryana managed to hold onto third place.
Shauryajit Khaire, a 10-year-old sensation from Gujarat, became the youngest medalist of the Games when he won the bronze in Pole Mallakhamb during the last push for medals.
Pooja Patel and Komal Makwana helped the hosts have a successful day by helping Pooja Patel win her second Yogasana gold medal. With two more days of competition, they added the men’s and women’s singles bronze medals in soft tennis to bring their total of medals won to an astonishing 43 (13 gold, 12 silver, and 18 bronze).
Rupali from Maharashtra put up a professional display to win her third gold medal at the Sanskardham Sports Academy facility in Godhavi. She claimed first place in the Women’s Rope competition on Monday (9.25 points), adding to her Sunday victories in the Individual All-Around and team events.
To join the select group of athletes who won multiple medals at the Games, she also took home a bronze in the Pole discipline. Sidhi Gupta of Madhya Pradesh won first place with 9.10 points.
The male All-Around champion Akshay Prakash Taral won the rope event with 8.95 points, giving him a second gold medal. His teammate Shubhankar Vinay Khawle won the other gold medal for Maharashtra by scoring 9.20 points on the pole, preventing a Madhya Pradesh clean sweep.
The men’s hockey team from Maharashtra was extremely disappointed because they were unable to capitalise on their status as pre-match favourites when they faced Uttar Pradesh in the semifinals at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in Rajkot.
After falling behind by three goals, Maharashtra came back to force a penalty shootout, however, they were unsuccessful. In the championship game, Karnataka will face Uttar Pradesh. In the second semifinal, Karnataka defeated Haryana convincingly 3-1 thanks to goals in the first and fourth quarters.
Sumit Kundu, the current national boxing champion, Jamuna Boro, a previous world championship medalist, and Asian champion Sanjeet all qualified for the medal rounds at the Mahatma Mandir complex in Gandhinagar.
In the men’s 75 kg match, quarterfinalist Sumit defeated Haryana’s Ankit Khatana, while Sanjeet utilised his long reach to dispatch Delhi’s Harsh Kaushik in the 92 kg division.
In the 57kg division, Jamuna Boro of Assam defeated Sapna Sharma of Rajasthan with ease. Despite suffering from a high fever for the previous three days, Jamuna performed well in the ring and won 5-0.
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