National Games Day 3: Six Meet Records Sink

Day 3 of the National Games saw a host of records getting created. Sports Rediscovered brings a summary report of Day 3 covering key events in Swimming, Weightlifting, tennis, squash and Wrestling.

New records flooded the pool again today. Virdhawal Khade’s longing for success was not satiated with the 4 x 100m freestyle silver and he end up bettering his own record in the 50m freestyle by 0.08 secs, to clinch gold (23.00 secs). Aaron D’Souza, who had earlier shattered Khade’s record in the 200 m freestyle, clocked 23.45 secs to take silver, while Gujarat’s Anshul Kothari took bronze (23.56 secs).

In the 200m backstroke event, Services’ P S Madhu took gold (2:5.66 secs), followed by Maharashtra’s Rohit Havaldar (2:7.36 secs) and Tamil Nadu’s Sethumanickavel (2:10.15 secs).


Virdhawal Khade: Making Waves

Madhya Pradesh’s Richa Mishra, who had impressed by bagging a gold medal in the 100m Butterfly event, broke her own record in the 400m individual medley (set during the 2011 Ranchi National Games), clocking 5:7.15 secs, to grab another gold.

Richa came back to the pool to finish third in the 200m backstroke event, behind Karnataka’s Vaania Kapoor A and Gujarat’s Manna Patel .The 15 years old Manna Patel was the cynosure of all eyes as she created a new record in the event, clocking 2:23.21 secs to grab the yellow metal.

In the 400m individual medley (M), Karanataka’s Arvind Mani took gold (4:37.75 secs),  while West Bengal’s Supriya Mondal, went home with another silver (having taken one in yesterday’s 100m Butterfly event) while Sanu Debanath took bronze.

The 50m freestyle event saw Aditi Dhumatkar, who had been part of the 4×100 m relay medley and freestyle team that had struck gold, clocking 26.90 secs to shatter another record, followed by Haryana’s Shivani Kataria and Maharashtra’s Avantika Chavan.


In Squash, Saurav Ghoshal will face Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu in the men’s singles while Joshna Chinappa will battle against Lakshya R tomorrow. With this Tamil Nadu is assured of 2 golds and 2 silvers as all four players are from the same state.


Telangana will face Tamil Nadu,featuring Ramkumar Ramnathan, in the Men’s Tennis Final whereas the Women’s finals will be between Gujarat and Telangana.


In the 77 kg men’s category, Commonwealth Games champion Satish Shivalingam lifted the gold medal, while Haryana’s Shubham Verma and Chhattisgarh’s Ajaydeep Sarang took silver and bronze respectively.

In 63 kg category Punjab’s Jasvir Kaur grabbed gold, followed by Uttar Pradesh’s Vandana Gupta and West Bengal’s Rakhi Haldar.

National Records were rewritten by Vikas Thakur when he lifted a total of 339 kg (153 + 186) in the 85 kg category. Kerala’s Fizaru Nazik took silver while Uttar Pradesh’s Jasvant Singh settled for bronze.

Haryana continues to reap Medals in Wrestling:

Haryana continued its dominance on the wrestling mat, with Ritu winning in the women’s 48 kg category,  overpowering Maharashtra’s Nandini Saloke, and Sakshi Malik getting the better of UP’s Gargi Yadav.

Naveen from Services’ won the Greco Roman 130 kg category while Punjab’s Gurpal Singh was the winner in the freestyle 97 kg category. Maharashtra’s Annasaheb Jagtap was beaten by Haryana’s Sonu in the Greco Roman 75 kg category to win a gold medal. The men’s 65 kg freestyle event saw an ‘all-Manoj’ battle, with Haryana’s Manoj Kumar winning over his namesake from UP.


Services and Haryana continued their dominance over the medals tally on Day 3 as well , with Maharashtra closely behind the two. In addition there were a host of swimming records that were broken. Here is the medal tally after today’s events:

State Gold Silver Bronze Total
Services SCB 16 2 8 26
Haryana 15 7 4 26
Maharashtra 10 15 8 33

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