Khelo India Youth Games: Shivangi and Khushi take center stage with a gold hat-trick

GUWAHATI: Assam's Shivangi Sarma and from Karnataka Khushi Dinesh he accumulated his third gold medal each in the swimming competition in the Khelo India Youth Games 2020 on Saturday.

West Bengal's Swadesh Mondol and from Karnataka Nina Venkatesh completed a double each before Srihari Nataraj Dominated children under 21 100 m back

The four gold medals Karnataka won at the Dr. Zakir Hussain Aquatic Complex, including one for Aneesh S Gowda in the 1500m freestyle event, saw the state continue its dramatic increase from outside the top 10.

They are now in fifth place in the medal count with a collection of 15 gold medals to be behind Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Maharashtra is firmly in the lead with 49 gold medals in the 179-medal course, while Haryana is trying to reach 40 gold in a total of 125 medals. Delhi (26 gold) and Uttar Pradesh (22) are in their own competition for third place, with Karnataka playing a game through their swimmers.

The home state's top freestyler Shivangi Sarma 's triple crown in the pool, with a win in the girls under-21 400m freestyle on Saturday, helped Assam touch double-figures in terms of gold medals won. With more gold likely to come their way late on Saturday from the Lawn Bowls competition, Assam are looking forward to cracking the top 10 by the end of the day.

The Maharashtra count was driven by both gold medals under 21 in kho-kho. The general superiority of their teams was always evident on the table and the scores were well reflected. That both finals ended in great victories for one entry and more tells the story of Maharashtra's domination of indigenous sport.

Although the traditional rivals of Haryana in wrestling, Maharashtra and Delhi, gave them a run for their money, they trusted their shooters to stay within the 10 gold medals of Maharashtra.

Their aces under 21 did not disappoint them on Saturday, Kiran remained nervous in a gold medal tiebreaker with Madhya Pradesh Neeru Devi In the final trap.

Sanjana Sood He didn't have to endure so much stress in the Skeet final when he beat N Keerthana of Tamil Nadu 46-45. Vanshika Shahi of Punjab (50m Rifle 3 Positions) and the mixed Uttar Pradesh 10m air pistol team from Devanshi Dhama and Sharvan Kumar took home the other two gold medals in play at the shooting ranges on Saturday.

Boni Manghkya of Rajasthan claimed the 55 kg weightlifting gold of the 17-year-old class, denying Baluna Yalam of Arunachal Pradesh for 6 kg in a close battle.

However, at the end of the night, Markio Tario won the second gold medal of Arunachal Pradesh in the sport by overcoming the competition of children under 21 years.