State swimmers shine on Day 2 of national junior aquatic championship
The second day of the 44th Glenmark Junior National Aquatic Championship was dominated by Mumbai swimmers Rayna Saldanha, Trisha Karkhanis, Vedant Bapna and Aryan Bhosale on Tuesday.pune Updated: Jul 08, 2017 16:25 IST
The second day of the 44th Glenmark Junior National Aquatic Championship was dominated by Mumbai swimmers Rayna Saldanha, Trisha Karkhanis, Vedant Bapna and Aryan Bhosale on Tuesday.
In the Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi, Rayna from the Glenmark Aquatic Foundation won her second gold of the day. In the 400m freestyle event she clocked 4:45.42s. Abishikta who had beaten her the previous day in the 800m freestyle by a fraction of second, finished second with 4:47.62s, while Prachi Tokas from Delhi claimed bronze with 4:47.94s.
Earlier, Rayna had won the gold medal in the 400m individual medley event in the morning session. She clocked 2:29.88s. She was followed by two Karnataka swimmers Avan Tantry (2:31.73s) and Jhanati Rajesh (2:33.55s).
Meanwhile, in the girls 200m backstroke event, West Bengal’s Soubrity Mondal was leading after first lap, however, Maharashtra girl Trisha Karkhanis picked up the pace and claimed gold with a timing of 2:27.53s.
Kenisha Gupta of Maharashtra continued her medal hunt and won gold in the 200m individual medley (2:31.34s), while Seeya Bijlani added bronze for Maharashtra, clocking 2:34.48s.
In the boys 200m individual medley event, Vedant Bapna gave a tough battle to his state mate Aryan Bhosale. The latter, who had broken the national record in the morning bettered his timing to 2:11.97s to win the gold. Vedant also achieved a better meet record of 2:13.50s while Akashdeep Singh of Punjab won the bronze with a time of 2:18.51s. However, in the team event, Karnataka swimmers turned out to be supreme, as they won gold in 4 X 100 medley relay event. Karnataka team of Shivansh Singh, Prasidha Krishna, Litheesh Gowda and Tanish Mathew set a new national record of 4:14.69s. They were followed by Maharashtra team of Vedant Bapna, Sudarshan Hastak, Yash Gulhane and Aryan Bhosale, who won silver with a time of 4:24.81s. West Bengal took the bronze, riding on a wonderful swim by Swadesh Mondal.
Aryan won individual silver in the 200m individual medley event. He finished behind West Bengal’s Swadesh Mondal. Another medal for Maharashtra came in the boys 200m freestyle event. Rahul M of Karnataka led from the start to finish with a timing of 1:56.25s. He was followed by Delhi swimmer Kushagra Rawat and Maharashtra’s Aaron Fernandes, who won bronze by finishing in 1:57.26s. Neel Roy missed the national record, but won gold in the 400m individual medley, clocking 2:11.16s while his state mate Vedant Khandeparkar won the silver with a time of 2:13.56s.