Khelo India School Games: Abhishek Singh, Aparna Roy declared best athletes
Abhishek Singh won gold in the shot-put event of the Athletics programme at Khelo India School Games with a throw of 18.73m, while Aparna Roy dominated the girls’ 100m hurdles, winning in 14.02 seconds.Updated: Feb 03, 2018 20:01 IST
Shot-putter Abhishek Singh of Uttar Pradesh and hurdler Aparna Roy of Kerala were declared best athletes of the track and field events in the inaugural Khelo India School Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.
Abhishek Singh won gold with a throw of 18.73m, while Aparna dominated the girls 100m hurdles, winning in 14.02 seconds.
Uttar Pradesh also won the overall championship while Tamil Nadu was placed second.
Throwers from UP were impressive on the concluding day of athletics, winning gold and silver in boys’ hammer throw. Arnav Yadav stole the show with a throw of 64.09m. Afsar Ahmad was second (60.54m) and Delhi’s Paras Deshwal third (58.14m).
The girls’ hammer throw was won by Delhi’s Harshita Sherawat with a distance of 58.53m.
Uttarakhand excelled in race walking, athletes from the hill state winning three medals, two of them gold.
Paramjeet Singh Bisht gave a perfect start by winning gold in the boys’ 5,000m race walk event, clocking 21 min 19.84 secs. Teammate Mukesh Kumar made it 1-2, coming second at 21:26.71.
Uttarakhand’s Mansi Negi won the girls’ 3,000m walk event. (14:44.44).
The growing race walking culture in Uttarakhand, particularly in the Garhwal area, could be attributed to Manish Rawat, who finished 13th in the men’s 20km at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Paramjeet and Mansi are from Chamoli, Rawat’s hometown.
Three under 49s
In boys’ 400m, the top three dipped under 49 seconds, while the top six girls ran the event under 60 seconds.
Dhanush Kumar of Andhra Pradesh was more steady in the home stretch to edge out D Srikanth of Telangana to win the boys’ race in 49.05 secs. Srikanth clocked 49.09 secs. Kerala’s Sayooj TK was third (49.75 secs).
Sumathira B of Tamil Nadu won the girls’ race at 56.39 secs with Tai Bamhane (Maharashtra) second (57.22 secs), having claimed an 800-1500 double. Kerala’s Sandra AS was third in 57.67 secs.
Maharashtra’s Rakesh Gond won the boys’ pole-vault clearing 4.70m.
Kerala boys and Maharashtra girls won the 4x400m relay while Karnataka boys and Tamil Nadu girls won the 4x400m relay.