Shaw be­comes youngest Khelo champ

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PUNE, Jan 13 (PTI)

AB­HI­NAV Shaw be­came the youngest gold medal­list at the Khelo In­dia Youth Games when he teamed up with Me­huli Ghosh to help West Ben­gal win the 10m air-ri­fle mixed team event here Sun­day.

The 10-year-old from Asan­sol raised his game enough in the fi­nal to en­sure Me­huli Ghoshs classy dis­play would not re­sult in any medal other than her se­cond gold, a me­dia re­lease is­sued here said.

The sixth-stan­dard stu­dent had to bide his time to get on the range and dis­play his tal­ent, not be­ing among the 16 shoot­ers cho­sen to com­pete in the in­di­vid­ual events in ei­ther Ju­nior (un­der-21) and Youth (un­der-17) cat­e­gories.

He was not about to let it go. He dealt with the qual­i­fi­ca­tion and the fi­nal with a calm that would be the hall­mark of any marks­man.

The pint-sized but hugely tal­ented young star made his team­mate, state and par­ents proud. A shy lad, em­brac­ing quiet, he has taken rapid strides in the direc­tion his fa­ther Ru­pesh and coach Joy­deep Kar­makar, who missed Olympic bronze in 2012, have cho­sen for him.

Mah gym­nasts end cam­paign on high

ADITEE Dan­dekar and Arik Dey turned in metic­u­lous per­for­mances as Ma­ha­rash­tra once again dom­i­nated the gym­nas­tics arena at Khelo In­dia Youth Games to wrap up the Un­der-21 cat­e­gory with a whop­ping nine medals on the last day of com­pe­ti­tion here on Sun­day. With 18 medals (nine gold, six sil­ver and three bronze), Ma­ha­rash­tra were also crowned cham­pi­ons, a me­dia re­lease is­sued here said.

The star of Ma­ha­rash­tra's suc­cess story on the day was Aditee.

She won four medals in all in­clud­ing two gold in the ball and rib­bon rou­tines which took her in­di­vid­ual haul to five medals, adding to the Rhyth­mic Gym­nas­tics all around ti­tle on Fri­day.

Aman, Aakarshi emerge bad­minton cham­pi­ons

AMAN Farogh San­jay in the boys U-21 sin­gles and Aarya Desh­pande and Ananya Phadke in the U-17 girls dou­bles helped hosts Ma­ha­rash­tra add two gold to their tally on the fi­nal day of bad­minton com­pe­ti­tion at the Khelo In­dia Youth Games here Sun­day.

How­ever, Nag­pur’s Malvika Ban­sod had to set­tle for a sil­ver as Ch­hat­tis­garh’s Aakarshi Kashyap proved too strong for her, a me­dia re­lease said.

Aman was up against the gritty Rahul Bhard­waj of Kar­nataka but the dap­per left-han­der moved with dex­ter­ity and mixed up his shotswellto make the fi­nal his own, win­ning 21-17, 23-21 in just 40 min­utes. Malvika had not dropped a sin­gle game on her way to the fi­nal and ex­pec­ta­tions were high be­ing the crowd favourite, but Aakarshi, who trains at the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru, won 2111, 21-16 to avenge her Delhi de­feat.

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