KIYG 2021: Grapplers carry Haryana past Maharashtra in overall standings

Haryana embarked on a gold collection spree, winning four gold in wrestling, to sprint past Maharashtra in the Khelo India Youth Games here on Monday.

Underlining their ascendancy on the wrestling mat, their grapplers added four more gold to fatten their medal count to an impressive 16 gold, 8 silver, and 16 bronze. This included a couple of crucial gold in weightlifting and one each in shooting, yoga, cycling, and gatka.

Defending champions Maharashtra, who had taken the lead on Day 1, are in second place with 13 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze at the time of writing this report.

Manipur, who collected six gold in thang-ta over two days, were third after picking an additional gold in cycling.

Jammu and Kashmir created a stir by winning their first gold in the traditional martial art discipline, with Sumit getting the better of Madhya Pradesh’s Ashish in the Phunaba Anishuba 60kg category.

Wrestlers from Haryana have expectedly been in devastating form on home turf. They had bagged all five gold on the opening day of the competition and seemed set for another clean sweep on Day 2, especially with two of the five final bouts being all-Haryana affairs.

But Chandigarh’s Yashveer Malik had other plans. Displaying strong defensive skills, he defeated Nishant 6-2 in the Greco Roman 65kg final.

It all began with Suraj defeating Maharashtra’s Vishwajit More by technical superiority. Ravinder too came up against a tough opponent in Maharashtra’s Ajay Kapade in the freestyle 60kg final. But he kept his cool under pressure for an 11-8 victory.

In the weightlifting arena, Bengai Tani opened Arunachal Pradesh’s gold medal account with a total lift of 264 kg in the boys’ 67 kg weight category. Tamil Nadu’s T. Madhavan (boys’ 61 kg) and Haryana’s Usha (girls’ 55kg) were among the podium toppers in their respective weight categories.

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