Sajan Prakash is on cloud nine and has every reason to celebrate! The 22 year old has struck a purple patch in the National Games with his superlative performances. Covering his run in the medals tally, Sports Rediscovered brings to you a summary of key events, as they took place on Day 4 of the National Games in God’s own country.
Chhattisgarh will face Gujarat, in the men’s category finals. In the women’s category finals Chhattisgarh will face Delhi.
For the bronze medal match, Delhi will take on Kerala in the men’s category, and Maharashtra will battle Haryana at the Shanmugham Beach in Thiruvananthapuram.
In the men’s event Andhra Pradesh will take on Telangana in the finals. On the distaff side , Andhra Pradesh will take on the home team from Kerala on the white sands of the Kozhikode beach.
In women’s 3m springboard finals, Maharashtra’s Hruthika P Shriram , who had earlier won the 10m Platform Diving, came first, followed by compatriot Simran Rajani and West Bengal’s Tanuka Dhara.
The Jimmy George indoor stadium witnessed some fascinating moments on the gymnastics arena.
In the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Individual All Round Competition, Services’ Ashok Kumar Patra took gold, while Ashish Kumar of Uttar Pradesh won a Silver medal and Kerala’s Shinoj Muliyil took Bronze.
In the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Individual All Round Competition, Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian woman gymnast to win a commonwealth medal (2014 Commonwealth Games, Bronze) clinched gold, while Madhya Pradesh’s Pranti Nayak took Silver and West Bengal’s Pranati Das took bronze.
In the Individual Rhythmic All Round Competition Punjab’s Prabhjot Bajwa delivered a fabulous performance on the floor to grab gold while Palak Bijral and Meghana Gundlapaly took bronze.
Kerala will face Maharashtra in both men’s and women’s finals in Kho-Kho tomorrow at the Sreepadam Stadium, Attingal.
In the netball event, Haryana entered the finals in the women’s as well as Men’s category. The North Indian state will sweat it out against Punjab, in the Men’s event, and Karnataka, in the women’s event, in tomorrow’s finals at the Indoor stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.
Asian Games Bronze medallist Sandeep Sejwal, who has had an impressive run in the National Games, took gold in the 50 m breaststroke event (26.96 secs). Haryana’s Puneet Rana (29.23) and Punjab’s Jashandeep Singh (29.40) took silver and bronze respectively.
Sajan Prakash, who seems to be breaking national records at will, bettered Rehan Poncha’s 200 m butterfly mark by 00:01 second. The 22 year old clocked 2:00:69 secs to take gold, while Supriya Mondal (2:08 secs) and Aaron D’Souza (2:3.89 secs) came in second and third respectively.
In the 4 x 200 m relay freestyle, Maharashtra won the gold with Karnataka taking silver and Kerala bagging the bronze medal. In the 50 m breaststroke event, A V Jayaveena of Tamil Nadu claimed gold with Monique Gandhi and Poorva Shetye of Maharashtra taking Silver and Bronze respectively.
In the women’s category, Richa Mishra, dazzled again with a gold in the 200 m butterfly event, while Karnataka’s Damini Gowda and Tamil Nadu’s Sherlyn Devadson took silver and bronze.
In a good day for Tamil Nadu, Saurav Ghoshal beat Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (4-11,11-4,11-8,11-6) to take gold, while Joshana Chinappa got the better of Lakshya R (11-5,11-8,11-4) . All four were representing Tamil Nadu.
69 kg Women’s event:
Manipur’s Geeta Devi Oinam took gold, Mizoram’s Lalchhanhimi took silver and Andhra Pradesh’s Aruna Rani Gara took bronze.
94 kg Men’s Event:
Assam’s Jameer Hussain won Gold, Services’ Veerender Singh had to be content with silver with Madhya Pradesh’s Noginder Singh taking bronze.
105 kg Men’s event:
Services’ Praful Kumar Dubey clinched gold, Maharashtra’s Christopher Victor took silver and Punjab’s Rashpal Singh took bronze.
As the games move on to the fifth day, Sajan Prakash leads with the most number of medals. As the boxing events kick off from tomorrow, we can hope to see more medals and records.
Medals Tally (* As per the 35th National Games official site, Feb 4, 2014)