Updated: February 9, 2015 1:03:48 am
There is good news for Gujarat from the ongoing 36th National Games in Kerala with players notching a total of eight gold medals in tennis and swimming, in a first for the state. The current ranking of Gujarat is at 9, as against the 28th position in 2014.
With a total medal tally of 16, Gujarat has reached the 9th rank in the National Games. This includes eight gold medals, three silver and five bronze medals. Out of the gold eight medals won so far, seven have been bagged by women players in tennis and swimming. Maana Patel, 14-year-old swimmer representing Gujarat, bagged three golds in 50 metre, 100 metre and 200 metre back stroke category. Maana Patel broke the eight-year-old record for women’s 50 metre backstroke by clocking 30.68 second to bag the gold medal.
Another 14-year-old sensation Kalyani Saxena also bagged gold in the 200 metre breaststroke clocking a close 2:47.22 second, according to Sandeep Pradhan, Director, Sports Authority of Gujarat.
The Gujarat tennis teams have scored four gold medals among them the women’s team comprising Ankita Raina, Eetee Mehta, Vaibhavi Trivedi and Niku Amin won a gold. Raina notched another gold in the women’s individual singles while the pair of Raina and Mehta bagged gold for women’s individual doubles. Devesh Karia and Harmeet Desai also bagged a gold medal in the men’s doubles while the men’s team won silver. Desai won silver in men’s singles while Karia bagged a bronze. Karia and Frenaz Chipia also won a bronze in mixed doubles. The men’s beach handball team bagged a silver.
Pradhan said, “This is by far the best performance by Gujarat at the National games. We are currently at 9th position, which is way ahead of finishing 28th last year. All players are supported by the Government of Gujarat.”
According to SAG, Harmeet Desai, has been to Sweden for training while Ankita Raina gets an yearly funding of around Rs 15 lakh for her foreign training. Eetee Mehta and Anshul Kothari were also sent to Australia for training. Swimming sensation Maana Patel has been granted Rs 5 lakh annually for coaching by the Centre.
The National Games, which began on January 31 will conclude on February 14.
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