GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat’s Pragnya Mohan shed light on the surround sound of expectations to win the women’s individual triathlon gold medal of the 36th National Games with a powerful show at IIT Gandhinagar here on Sunday.
She dominated the peloton with ease, setting the third fastest time in swimming and the fastest times in cycling and running, to leave Maharashtra’s Mansi Mohite panting well over 5 minutes behind her. S. Aarthi of Tamil Nadu won bronze.
Pragnya’s gold, after finishing tenth in the last edition of the Games, swelled Gujarat’s gold tally to an impressive 12.
Adarsh Muralidharan Sinimol won the men’s triathlon gold medal to continue the Services medal hunt. With titles to come in Wushu and Canoe Kayak, they finished the day with a tally of 51 gold, 33 silver and 29 bronze for a total of 113 medals. Haryana (31 gold medals) and Maharashtra (29) continued their fight for second place in the medal standings.
Pondicherry became the 28th team to win at least one gold medal at the 36th National Games when V. Sasikala and A. Kanimozhi defeated Manisha Zala and Nippa Barad in the women’s beach volleyball final in Surat. So far, no less than 32 teams have won at least one medal each at the Games.
The services were helped as their athletes won all four gold medals offered in the canoe and kayak sprints on the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. Madhya Pradesh climbed to 10th place in the standings, benefiting from their sweep of the slalom events. Kayakers Hitesh Kewat and Shikha Chouhan, and canoeists Vishwajit Singh Kushwaha and Jahanvi Srivastava circled the stars for them.
Karandeep Kochhar (Chandigarh) scored his fourth under-par card to walk away with men’s individual golf gold with a stunning score of 21 under for the four rounds at Kensville Golf and Country Club near here. His performance was enough for Chandigarh to win the men’s team gold medal as well, although teammate Anant Singh finished with a 16-over.
Similarly, Avani Prasanth of Karnataka starred in the women’s competition, winning the individual gold medal with an even par 288 while playing a major role in the team win over Haryana. Amanpreet Kaur (Punjab) had an unforgettable round, with five bogeys on the first 9 holes to end the day with an 8-over to lose his grip on the gold medal and take silver.
In boxing competitions at the Mahatma Mandir complex, National Championship silver medalist Ankit Sharma (Haryana), Sparsh Kumar of Punjab (Punjab), Avinash Chandel (Himachal Pradesh) and Karan Rupini (Tripura) secured medals in the male category of 51 kg.
Ankit, a gold medalist at the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games, was in a league of his own at men’s flyweight, recording an impressive 4-1 point win over Maharashtra’s Ajay Pendor to advance to the semi-finals. Karan Rupini unleashed his fury in the second round with a mighty punch to deliver a knockout verdict against Rajasthan’s Bhim Pratap Singh.
The hugely talented pugilist from Haryana Minakshi, who is using the National Games to polish her preparation for the Asian Championships in Amman later this month, picked up a landslide victory to advance to the women’s semi-finals.
Defending champions Punjab staged a repeat clash with Haryana in the women’s hockey final, with the two powerhouses picking up contrasting victories at the Maj Stadium. Dhyan Chand from Rajkot. Punjab defeated Madhya Pradesh 2-1 while Haryana beat Jharkhand 5-2 in the semi-finals.