Rayna, Kenisha emerge as best swimmers at junior national aquatic tournament
Maharashtra’s Rayna Saldanha was adjudged the best swimmer in the girls’ under-17 category while Kenisha Gupta received the same honour in the under-14 segment.pune Updated: Jul 08, 2017 16:25 IST
Maharashtra topped the medals table while Karnataka won the championships at the 44th Glenmark Junior National Aquatic Championship on Thursday.
On the concluding day of the tournament at Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi, Maharashtra’s Rayna Saldanha was adjudged the best swimmer in the girls’ under-17 category while Kenisha Gupta received the same honour in the under-14 segment.
Rayna, who trains at the Glenmark Aquatic Foundation in Mumbai, won total three individual gold medals and one team gold. Her third gold came in 100m freestyle event, when she clocked 1:00.13s while Maharashtra’s Sadhvi Dhuri had an excellent finish to win silver with a time of 1:00.87s. Annie Jain of Madhya Pradesh won bronze with a time of 1:01.03s.
In the team event, Rayna accompanied by Sadhvi Dhuri, Trisha Karkhanis and Sachi Shetty clocked 4:15.70s to finish first in the 4X100m freestyle relay for the under-17 girls. Karnataka won silver with a time of 4:18.89s while Bengal won the bronze with a time of 4:24.45s.
Kenisha Gupta won four individual gold medals and one team gold. On the last day, she dominated the 100m freestyle event clocking 1:00.26s. Khushi Dinesh ok Karnataka won silver with a time of 1:02.80s while Astha Choudhary won bronze with a time of 1:03.05s.
Maharashtra girls won another gold medal in 4X100m freestyle relay in under-14 category. Maharashtra team represented by Kenisha Gupta, Akansha Shah, Seeya Bijlani and Kanishka Shokeen finished in 4:16.21s. Karnataka won the silver with a time of 4:17.47 while Tamil Nadu won the bronze with a time of 4:29.55s.
Trisha Karkhanis was in superb form today, as she won 100m backstroke event with a time of 01:05.13s. She was followed by Mayuri Lingaraj of Karnataka who clocked 1:05.95 while Firdoush representing Rajasthan won her second medal of the day with a time of 1:07.71s.
Meanwhile, in boys’ segment, golden boy Mihir Ambre was settled for bronze in the 200m butterfly event. M Rahul of Karnataka won the event with a timing of 2:10.83s. It was a photo finish win as Maharashtra swimmers Vedant Khandeparkar and Mihir Ambre who received silver and bronze with times of 2:10.93s and 2:11.13s respectively.
Vedant Bapna added another gold for state, in the 100m backstroke event. He clocked 1:02.41s while Tanmay Das of Delhi clocked 1:02.51s and another Maharashtra swimmer Aryan Bhosale timed 1:02.68s. Incidentally all three bettered the national record of Karnataka’s N Sri Hari of 1:02.70s set in Pune in 2015.