National Games Day 12: Kerala upset Haryana


Just one more day to go. As the curtain slowly comes down on the 2015 National Games, Sports Rediscovered brings to you a peek into the medals tally, along with a short report on the day’s events. The big news was that hosts, Kerala, hoarded up medals in athletics today, to usurp Haryana and Maharashtra, and leap to the second place.


Sweating It Out
Image Credits: National Games Official Site


In the women’s 100m hurdles, West Bengal’s Swapna Barman took gold, clocking 14.91 seconds, while Niksy Joseph (14.93 seconds) and Liksy Joseph (15.04 seconds) bagged silver and bronze for the hosts respectively. Swapna was on a dream (pun intended ) run today. She went on to take silver in long jump (1.71 m) as well.

National Champion Sahana Kumari, who’d earlier impressed with her performance in the high jump event, added another gold to her kitty with her performance of 1.77m in long jump. Tamil Nadu’s Lavanya Kalyanasundaram took bronze (1.62 m).

In the women’s 100m hurdles,  Tamil Nadu’s Gayathri Govindarajan took gold, clocking 13.66 seconds. Karnataka’s Meghna Shetty clinched silver (13.89 seconds) and Tamil Nadu’s Deepika Parasuraman took bronze (13.96 seconds).

The men’s high jump event saw Services’ Jithin Thomas edge past Kerala’s Sreenith Mohan to take gold, while Jagdeep Singh took bronze for Punjab.

The 400m hurdles event saw Services taking two medals, a gold for Durgesh Kumar’s performance of 50.66 seconds, and a silver for M Ramachandar with a timing of 50.93. B Chandrasekaran took bronze for Tamil Nadu (51.74 seconds).

The women’s 400m hurdles event saw Kerala’s Anu Raghavan take gold, Haryana’s Santosh Kumari grabbing silver and Jisha Velayudhan, again representing Kerala, taking bronze.

In the men’s Javelin throw competition, Haryana took to the top spot with Rajinder Singh’s throw of 82.23m, while Dajinder Singh took silver (75.34m) for Services and Vipin Kasana took bronze for UP (75.18m).

OP Jaisha, who had taken Gold in the 5000m event, had another golden outing today as she stunned Preeja Sreedharan in the 10000 m event. Jaisha clocked 33:08.55 seconds to get her hands on asecond medal, while Preeja had to settle for the silver (34:58.85 seconds). Maharashtra’s Swati Gadhve took bronze (34:59.73 seconds).

It was Services all the way through in the men’s 10000 m event, as G Lakshman, Kheta Ram and Gopi T, all three representing SSCB, took top honours in the event.However, the 4*100m relay  saw the hosts beat Services, sending them to the second place, while Madhya Pradesh took bronze. Kerala reigned in the women’s 4*100m relay event too,with Tamil Nadu taking silver and Odisha taking bronze.

It’s been a day of surprises. Kerala seem to have made a great comeback. The hosts now occupy the second position in the medals table with 37 gold medals, having pushed Haryana to third position (34 gold). Tomorrow on the final day of competitions, all eyes will be on Haryana competitors to see if they can help their state reclaim the second position.

Medals Tally:
* as per data taken from the 2015 National Games official site (as on 12 February 2015)

State Gold Silver Bronze Total
Services 82 27 31 140
Kerala 37 38 53 128
Haryana 34 30 23 87

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