Khelo India Youth Games: Bengaluru swimmer Srihari Natraj wins seven gold medals

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First Published 16, Jan 2019, 12:18 PM IST
Khelo India Youth Games Bengaluru swimmer Srihari Natraj wins seven gold medals
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Bengaluru's Srihari Nataraj (U-21), representing Karnataka ended the competition with seven gold medals while his teammate Likith bagged five gold and a bronze.

Pune: The Karnataka duo Srihari Nataraj and S P Likith stole the show as the swimming competition of the Khelo India Youth Games came to an end.

Despite the flurry of gold medals from the young twosome, hosts Maharashtra (192 points) and Delhi (242) claimed the Under-21 and Under-17 combined swimming team championships respectively in these Games.

Bengaluru's Srihari Nataraj (U-21), representing Karnataka ended the competition with seven gold medals while his teammate Likith bagged five gold and a bronze.

Nataraj faced no challenge in winning the 50m backstroke (Boys U-21) in 26.16 seconds. He won his second individual gold of the day in the 100m freestyle clocking 52.37 seconds.

Among other multiple medallists were Maharashtra’s Yuga Birnale (U-21) and Kenisha Gupta (U-17), who earned three gold medals each in the women's section.

Delhi's multiple medallist Prachi Tokas won gold in the first event of the day, the 1500m freestyle (Girls U-17) clocking 18:09.31. Swadesh Mondal, who started the day with four gold medals already in his bag, added a fifth by winning the 200m breaststroke in the Boys U-17 event in 2:26.91.

Delhi's Astha Choudhary (Girls U-17) clinched gold in the 100m butterfly and her teammate Tanmay Das topped the podium in the 50m backstroke (Boys U-17).

Maharashtra's Kareena Shankta (U-17) and Jyoti Patil (U-21) won gold in the women's 200m breaststroke respectively.

Suvana Baskar added another gold to Karnataka's tally in the 50m backstroke for Girls (U-17).

In Swimming, Karnataka ended the competition with 51 medals (21 gold, 17 silver, 13 bronze) and were followed by the medal tallies of Delhi 48 (19-13-16), Maharashtra 42 (18-15-10) and Tamil Nadu 25 (7-12-6).

 

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