Rajkot, October 7 (SocialNews.XYZ) Madhya Pradesh’s Advait Page and Kerala’s Sajan Prakash put on an impressive performance to win their third gold medal each, including as Gujarat’s Maana Patel clinched her second gold for Gujarat at the 36th National Games at the Sardar Patel Aquatic Complex here on Friday. .
While they were locked in an intense gold medal hunt, West Bengal recurve goalkeeper Atanu Das also caught the eye when he won the men’s singles gold, beating Gurcharan Besra (Service) 6-4 at the Sanskardam Sports Complex near Ahmedabad. .
Despite winning only one gold at the time of writing this Thursday, Services remained at the top of the table with 41 gold, 28 silver and 26 bronze for a total of 95 medals. Haryana won four of the five archery gold medals to cement its second place finish with 29 gold. Maharashtra (24) came close to Services when it comes to total medals with 93 so far.
Advait Page’s superior endurance and finishing speed earned him the 800m freestyle gold medal in impressive fashion in one of the event’s closest races in India. Chasing Aryan Nehra (Gujarat) and Sajan Prakash almost into the final meters, he overtook them to be the first to the wall.
Later, Sajan Prakash dominated the 50m butterfly to complete a sweep of all three events in the style. If he felt tired after being pushed hard in the 16-lap event by Advait Page and Aryan Nehra, he didn’t show it as he cruised to victory, making it clear that he tolerates no challenge in the Butterfly events.
With victories in the 100m backstroke finals, Olympians Maana Patel and Srihari Nataraj earned their second individual gold medals each. A start-to-finish effort from Bhavya Sachdeva (Delhi) handed Karnataka teenager Hashika Ramachandra her first loss in five events here.
Second-seeded Aakarshi Kashyap (Chhattisgarh) dominated top-seeded Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) to win badminton women’s singles gold at the PDDU Indoor Stadium in Surat.
B Sai Praneeth (Telangana) justified his finest hour by taking the men’s singles gold after an hour-long battle with Mithun Manjunath (Karnataka). He won 21-11, 12-21, 21-16.
Ashwini Ponnappa and K. Sai Prateek got off to a perfect start to their journey as a mixed doubles pair, scoring a 21-16, 21-13 victory over Rohan Kapoor and Kanika Kanwal (Delhi). Ashwini Ponnappa was all praise for her 22-year-old couple. “He played a strong game. He hit hard and covered the court well. I am very happy to win my first gold at the National Games,” she said.
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