Maharashtra girls on Sunday provided an icing on the cake by winning the taekwondo title,helping the state emerge as overall champions in the 31st Sub-Junior National Taekwondo Championship at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Mhalunge-Balewadi.
Spurred by Aishwarya Nalawades gold medal on the third and final day,the hosts made most of the situation and earned the overall title by collecting 117 points,seven ahead of runners-up Delhi.
In one of the best contests of the day,Nalawade defeated Manumati Dohutia of Assam 11-6 after winning all her rounds. Nalawade led 3-2 after the first round before she increased the gap by taking the second round 4-1 and the final round 4-3.
Earlier in the semifinal,Nalawade had beaten Arti Singh of Uttar Pradesh 12-9 though there was a slight hiccup towards the end. The Maharashtra girl had won the first two rounds 5-3 and 5-2 before her Uttar Pradeshs opponent rallied to take the third 2-4.
Two more gold medals came Maharashtras way when Amit Singh won the boys 27-kg category after beating Suryaprakash of Jharkhand when he led 12-4. The Jharkhand boy withdrew from the contest before the third round started. Vaishnavi Bankhele won the girls 26-kg category beating Assams Dipika Hazarika 27-25 in one of closest contests of the day.