Maana Patel, 14-year-old swimmer from Gujarat, won gold in the 200 metre backstroke event on Friday at the ongoing five-day 68th Senior National Aquatic Championship in Kolkata, official sources said.
Maana trounced both Damini Gowda and Vaania Kapoor Achuthan — swimmers from Karnataka — by clocking a time of 02:25:94 which was within a wafer thin distance of her own record of 02:22:34 for the event.
This is the second gold she has won at the event. On the first day of the championship, Maana had bettered her own mark in the women’s 100 metre backstroke.
On Friday, in the 4X100 meter medley relay, Maana also helped her team finish third, behind Maharashtra and Karnataka. The other members of the medley relay team were Kalyani Saxena, Dolphi Sarang and Dilpreet Kaur.
Other swimmers from Gujarat who made a mark on the third day of the championship were Neil Contractor and Anshul Kothari who finished third in 200 metre freestyle and 50 metre butterfly stroke event for men, respectively.
Gujarat is participating in the national championship with a contingent of nine swimmers, sources added.