National Games Day 7: Aaron on Fire


The Aquatics Complex in Thiruvananthapuram has proved to be goldmine of records. On the final day of swimming in the 2015 National Games, three more records were shattered, bringing the total number of records broken to 37. Aaron D’Souza added another gold to his name as he bettered Asian Games bronze medallist Virdhawal Khade’s record in the 100m freestyle event. Sports Rediscovered brings to you a roundup of the 7th day in the Games.


Aaron D’souza: Sinking New Records


In the Indian Round Individual events, Andhra Pradesh’s Biraghi Naidu took Gold, while Manipur’s Bijendranath Singh took silver and Assam’s Arun Boro took bronze. In the women’s category, Maharashtra’s Ekta Shirke took gold, Manipur’s Naobi Okram took silver and Assam’s Binuma Brahma took bronze. In the men’s Indian Round Team event, Manipur, Bihar and Kerala took to the podium, with gold, silver and bronze respectively. In the women’s category, Assam shot to glory, with Punjab and Maharashtra having to be content with silver and bronze respectively.


Ramkumar Ramanathan, beat Telangana’s Vishnu Vardhan 6-4,6-2 to set up a summit clash with compatriot Sriram Balaji. In the women’s singles, Maharashtra’s Prarthana will take on Gujarat’s Ankita Raina tomorrow at the Tennis Complex in Thiruvananthapuram.  In the doubles match, Tamil Nadu duo of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and VS Natrajan will take on Telangana’s Saketh Mynei and Vishnu Vardhan Jagadeeshan. The women’s doubles will be played tomorrow between Gujarat’s Anikta Raina and Eetee Maheta and Telangana’s Nidhi Chulumula and Sowjanya Bavisetti.


In the 10m pistol, Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Heena Sidhu scored 200.8 to take gold, while Mallaika Goel took silver and Annu Raj Singh took bronze. Telangana’s Rashmee Rathore took gold in women’s skeet,with Chhattisgarh’s Saniya Sheikh taking silver and Rajasthan’s Maheshwari Chauhan taking bronze.


Breaking the hearts of the local fans, Sajan Prakash failed to shine today, as he finished at a disappointing fourth position in the 100m freestyle event. Madhya Pradesh’s Aaron D’Souza broke Virdhawal Khade’s record of 51.30 seconds to take gold. The 23 year old, who has had an impressive run in the Games, clocked 50.97 seconds to lay hands on his seventh medal. Previous record holder Virdhawal Khade finished second ( 51.10 seconds), while Anshul Kothari  finished third ( 52.17 seconds).

In the 100m breaststroke, Sandeep Sejwal bettered his own record to take gold. Haryana’s Puneet Rana and Kerala’s Anoop Augustine took home the silver and bronze medals.

Shikha Tandon’s 13 year old record in 100m freestyle was smashed today by Shivani Katria. Tandon clocked 58..34 seconds, 1.37 seconds better than the old mark. In fact, Maharashtra’s Aditi Dhumatkar, who came in second, surpassed the mark too. Goa’s Talasha Prabhu took bronze. In 100 breaststroke, Chandigarh’s Chahat Arora took gold, Maharashtra’s Monique Gandhi took silver, and Tamil Nadu’s A V Jayaveena settled for bronze.


Thus, after seven days of exciting events, the curtain comes down on swimming. Services still continue on top of the table with 42 gold, while Maharashtra and Haryana lock horns for the second place with 26 gold medals. The hosts have taken the fourth place but are far behind the top three teams.

Medals Tally:


State Gold Silver Bronze Total
Services SCB 42 12 13 67
Maharashtra 26 35 26 87
Haryana 26 18 7 51

*from the National Games website as on 7-2-14

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