The second edition of Khelo India School Games rechristened as Khelo India Youth Games is being held at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, Maharashtra. The athletic event was held from 10th to 13th January 2019. The event saw neck to neck competition with a great sense of sportsmanship among the athletes.
The under-21 category had 9 different events for boys and 11 for girls.
Tamil Nadu’s B. Nithin ran effortlessly to stride home first in U-21 boys, emerging the fastest in the 100m event. He clocked 10.76 seconds, the same as when he took bronze at the All India Inter University Championship in Moodbidri and raised his right arm aloft, aware that he had sealed what seemed like an improbable win after 70m. A sluggish start saw him trailing badly, but the Chennai-based 19-year-old was eventually a comfortable winner. He was followed by Karnataka’s Prajwal Mandana at 10.86 seconds and Maharashtra’s Kiran Bhosale at 10.90 seconds.
A.T. Daneshwari took home gold in the girl’s section providing the fans at the Khelo India Youth Games 2019 with the best memories of the athletics competition this week. She was given tough competition by Andhra Pradesh’s Maddali Surpriya who stood second at 12.26 whereas Rashmi Sheregar from Maharashtra stood third at 12.27 seconds.
Maharashtra’s Adesh Garsa took home gold in the 400m event at 48.74 seconds. He was followed by Telangana’s Srikanth Dhanavath at 49.72 seconds and Madhya Pradesh’s Akash Dubey at 49.83 seconds. Among the girls, Subha Venkatesan from Tamil Nadu stood first at 55.54 followed by Jharkhand’s Florence Barla at 55.74 and U.P’s Manisha Kushwaha at 56.40 seconds.
Gujarat’s Ajit Kumar Yadav took the gold in the 5000m race. Ajit clocked 14 min and 54 seconds to bag the gold. Madhya Pradesh’s Bahadur Patel and Haryana’s Ravi Dahiya bagged the silver and bronze respectively. Poonam Sonune from Maharashtra bagged gold under the girl’s section. She clocked 17 min and 51 seconds followed by Punjab’s Suman Rani at 18:07.87 and Rajasthan’s Chatru Gumnaram at 18:12.24
In the 110m hurdles event for boys, Alden Noronha was the favorite. As expected, he raced comfortably through to the finals. On the finals day too, he was expected to ease through to victory, but he faced a neck to neck competition from Kerala lad Mohammad Faisal Chalil. He somehow found a way to get past his opponent and bagged the gold at 14.10s. Mohammad stood second at 14.11s and Maharashtra’s Abhishek Ubhe at 14.32s. In the 100m hurdles event for girls, Aparna Roy from Kerala stood first at 14.25s. She was also named the athlete of the track and field event. Odisha’s Pragyan Prashant Sahu and Tamil Nadu’s Nandini Longan stood second and third respectively.
In the 4x100m relay for boys, Kerala stood first, Tamil Nadu second and Maharashtra third. Whereas for girls, Maharashtra stood first, Kerala second and Tamil Nadu third.
In the 3000m event, U.P’s Rebi Pal bagged gold, Maharashtra’s Poonam Sonune bagged silver and Himachal Pradesh’s Seema bagged bronze
The under-17 category had 9 events for boys and 10 for girls.
Delhi sprinter Nisar Ahmad justified his decision to postpone a training trip to Jamaica by becoming the fastest runner at the Khelo India Youth Games with a 10.76s finish in the 100m event. Delhi’s Anshul was runner up in 11.07s, and Andhra Pradesh’s Bharat Yadav came third in 11.10s. Sudeshna Shivankar off Maharashtra was the fastest girl in the competition in 12.35s followed by Telangana’s Jeevanji Deepthi and Kerala’s Ann Rose Tony
In the 400m event, Kerala’s CR Abdul Razzak bagged the gold with a 48.34s finish followed by Karnataka’s Rinee Joseph and Jharkhand’s Ram Chandra Sanga. Among the girls, Kerala’s Sandra AS stood first with. 57.13s finish followed by Kerala girls Gowri Nandana and Priscilla Daniel.
Ritesh Ohre from Madhya Pradesh hit the tape at 8 min, 56.12 seconds to win the 3000m gold. He was followed home by silver medalist Ajay (8:56.88) and bronze medalist Atul Gamit (8:56.94). .In the 4x100m relay for boys, Kerala stood first, Tamil Nadu second and Maharashtra third. Whereas for girls, Maharashtra stood first, Kerala second and Tamil Nadu third.
Maharashtra stood 1st with the maximum number of medals. Tamil Nadu finished just behind the home state with Nithin as the star. Kerala was a close third on the medals table.