In a historic feat that underscores their dominance at the 37th National Games, Maharashtra became the first team to amass over 200 medals, all but cementing their position atop the medal standings. With just two days left until the closing ceremony, Maharashtra’s athletes have showcased an impressive display of talent, determination, and sportsmanship.
The momentous 200th medal was clinched in the thrilling Triathlon Mixed Relay event at Miramar Beach. It was here that Mansi Mohite, the women’s individual champion, delivered a remarkable anchor leg performance, erasing a deficit of nearly two minutes. Her extraordinary effort propelled her team to victory, crossing the finish line with a time of 1 hour, 51 minutes, and 19 seconds, as confirmed by a press release from the National Games.
Mansi Mohite’s exceptional achievement marks her 5th gold medal in these Games. Her golden journey began with the women’s individual Triathlon event, which she conquered on Sunday. Subsequently, she added three more gold medals to her tally in the Biathle event of Modern Pentathlon. Mohite’s teammate in the gold medal-winning relay, Parth Mirage, wraps up his campaign with an impressive six-medal haul, including 4 gold and 1 silver, which he secured in Modern Pentathlon.
As of the latest update, Maharashtra stands tall with a total of 203 medals, comprising a staggering 70 gold, 64 silver, and 69 bronze. They have established a significant lead, leaving defending champions Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) trailing with 55 gold medals. Meanwhile, Haryana is hot on SSCB’s heels, boasting 50 gold medals.
Hosts Goa have put up a commendable show, currently holding the 12th position with a total of 50 medals, including 12 gold, 12 silver, and 26 bronze.
In the sporting arena of the Manderem Shooting Range, West Bengal’s Mehuli Ghosh displayed her marksmanship, claiming the gold in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event with an impressive score of 253.7. Haryana’s Nancy Mandhotra secured the silver with a score of 251.0, while Swati Chowdhury of West Bengal earned the bronze.
Moving to the shooting range at the Pernem Shooting Range, Punjab’s Rajeshwari Kumari showcased her skills, hitting a perfect 50 in two rounds to lead the women’s trap event. In the men’s category, Gujarat’s Bakhtyaruddin Malek is at the helm with a score of 49 after completing two rounds.
At the Chapora River, Madhya Pradesh asserted their dominance in Slalom, sweeping all four gold medals on offer. This performance has taken their gold medal tally to an impressive 27.
The traditional martial art form of Kalarippayattu witnessed a Kerala sweep, with the state securing all 11 gold medals in the competition at the Campal Sports Village.
The field of women’s hockey witnessed a thrilling semifinal as Haryana edged past neighboring rivals Punjab in a tense shootout. They now prepare to face Madhya Pradesh in the summit clash on Wednesday, following Madhya Pradesh’s own shootout victory over Jharkhand.
In the men’s hockey semis, Karnataka showcased their prowess by narrowly defeating Maharashtra 5-4 in a high-scoring, nine-goal thriller, booking their spot in the finals. They will face Haryana, who overcame Uttar Pradesh by a solitary goal.
At the Peddem Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, SSCB pugilists showcased their boxing prowess, booking spots in the finals of six out of the seven categories in the men’s boxing competition. World Champion Swaeety Boro, representing Haryana, advanced to the final of the 70-75 Kg category, a feat celebrated by the host state, Goa, as six of their boxers secured spots in the finals, ensuring a slew of medals for the home team.
As the 37th National Games enter their final stretch, the stage is set for even more remarkable displays of athleticism, dedication, and passion in the quest for gold and glory. Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of this sporting spectacle.