Shaw becomes youngest Khelo champ
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.