National Games Final Day: Luka Shines


And it’s the end of another episode. The 2015 National Games have given us a lot to introspect on. It has been a mixed bag altogether- from the Chandigarh netball team being thrown out for forgery and Dutee Chand’s stirring comeback after the gender controversy to Preeja Sreedharan’s decision to hang up her shoes. The record books have been rewritten and we’ve seen some fresh faces. As the Games come to an end, Sports Rediscovered takes a look at the final day’s action


Tintu Luka is all smiles after winning the 200m event.
Image Credits: The Hindu


In the men’s 200m event, Haryana got their hands on gold, through ace athlete Dharambir, who clocked 21.12 seconds. Tamil Nadu’s Manikanda Arumugam Manickam took silver (21.53 seconds) and Odisha’s Amiya Malick took bronze (21.57 seconds). The women’s discus throw finals saw Punjab’s Navjit Kaur take gold for a throw covering a distance of 50.52m, while Haryana’s Sandeep Kumari took silver (46.92 seconds) and Rajasthan’s Praveen Kumari took bronze (46.16 seconds).

The hosts added a gold and silver to their bag with with Santhini Vallikkad and Anilda Thomas’ performance in the 200m finals.Odisha’s Dutee Chand, was vying for a sprint double after an impressive gold in the 100m event, had to settle for bronze.

The star performer of the day, was Tintu Luka, who shattered an 18 year old meet record on her way to clinching the yellow metal in the 800m event. She clocked 2:01.86 seconds to take gold, while Tamil Nadu’s Gomathi Marimuthu took silver (2:05.09 seconds) and Kerala’s Sini Markose took bronze (2:06.37 seconds).

It was Kerala’s day in triple jump, with the hosts taking the top three places in the event. Sheena Varkey, who made a jump of 13.27m took gold, Amitha Babu (13.11 m) took silver and Prajusha Anthony took bronze (13.04 seconds).

In women’s 3000m steeple chase, Lalita Babar clinched gold, Sudha Singh took silver and Jayashri Boragi took bronze. In the men’s category, Services’ Naveen Kumar and Jaiveer Singh took gold and silver respectively, while Maharashtra’s Sachin Patil took bronze.


In Basketball, Uttarakhand beat Tamil Nadu 105-97 to take gold in the men’s finals, while Services took bronze. Kerala beat Tamil Nadu 56-36 in the women’s finals. Karnataka  took bronze.


In the women’s finals, Kerala beat Karnataka 3-1 to take gold, while Tamil Nadu got the better of UP in the play-offs. In the men’s event, however, the hosts had to settle for silver as Tamil Nadu beat them 3-1. Rajasthan took bronze in the event after defeating Services 3-1.


As Services take their third title, Kerala moved past Haryana and Maharashtra to take second position int the medals tally.

*as per the 2015 National Games official site ( 14 February 2015)

State Gold Silver Bronze Total
Services SCB 91 33 35 159
Kerala 54 48 60 162
Haryana 40 40 27 107

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