Swimming sensation Maana Patel of Gujarat improved her national record for the second time in a week as the teenager clinched gold in 100 metre back stroke at the swimming competition of 60th National School Games, that got underway here on Tuesday. Gujarati girls won two golds and six medals overall on the openiing day of the competition.
The 14-year-old girl from Ahmedabad set the Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel Swimming Pool in Rajkot on fire as she cruised to the finish line in 1 minute:07.19 seconds in the Under-17 girls category. This was 0.43 second better than the record of 1:50.32 she had set to clinch the gold at 35th National Games in Kerala last week. Sakshi Bhalgat of Maharashtra won silver by clocking 1:14:28 while the bronze went to Yugandhara Shirke, also from Maharashtra.
Maana had won gold medals in 50 back stroke and 200 metre back stroke also at the National Games.
Gujarat got their second gold medal of the day when Kalyani Saxena left other swimmers behind to finish on the top in 1 minute 28.87 seconds in 100 metre breast stroke in Under-17 girls category . Dolphi Sarang took the medal tally of the state to three by clinching a silver medal in 100 butterfly in Under-14 girls category. She finished 1:13:47 to concede gold to Thanuja S of Karnataka who took 1:12:57 minutes to finish two laps of the pool.
Dilpreet Kaur (Under-17, girls) secured a bronze in 100 metre free style by finishing the race in 2:20:38 minutes. Ashna Chevli won the fifth individual medal for the state as she finished third in the high-board jumping event.
Later in the day, Gujarati girls Maana Patel, Rashi Patel, Gitanjali Pandey and Dilpreet Kaur formed team to win silver in 4X100 metre free-style relay.
Around 1,500 boys representing 31 states and other organisations are participating in the 6-day event. Out of them, 585 are girls while 938 are boys. Hosts Gujarat have fielded a contingent of 28 swimmers. With 138 swimmers, Maharashtra have the largest contingent while Uttarakhand has the smallest of only six swimmers.
The first three days of the event will witness competition for girls in the three age groups of Under-14, Under-17 and Under-19. Boys competitions across the same age group will be held during the remaining three days of the event.