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Karnataka top of the tally in Khelo India

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Karnataka swimmers dominated the first day of finals in swimming at the SPM Pool in the first inaugural Khelo India School Games on Thursday. Their swimmers won six of the nine gold medals on offer and both the boys and girls contributed three each. Earlier in the day, sprinter VA Shashikanth from Government Sports High School and Youth Centre in Vidyanagar gave them their first gold when he won the 200 metres.

That saw Karnataka lead the medals tally with seven gold and they had three bronze medals for a total of 10 medals. Thursday saw a total of 17 gold medals with nine in the pool, seven on the track and one in wrestling.

While Karnataka ruled the pool, honours were more evenly distributed in athletics, where Haryana won two gold and five states Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala and Tamil Nadu won one each. Sharing the second place on the medals tally behind Karnataka are Tamil Nadu and Haryana with three gold each. Both states have earned their gold medals from athletics.

Punjab, Haryana earn full points in Girls Hockey Spearheaded by skipper Mumtaz Khan, ( three goals), Uttar Pradesh commended their campaign with a facile 7-0 win over Chhattisgarh in the Girls Hockey competition of the Khelo India School Games. In the first match of the day in Pool A Haryana over powered Jharkhand 4-2 , while in the afternoon Punjab had to wage a battle before downing Chandigarh 3-1 in Pool B.

For Uttar Pradesh who led 3-0 at half time, besides Mumtaz Khan, the other goal scorers were Simran Singh (2) ,Sawarnika and Vinamrta Yadav (one each ) were the goal scorers.