Srihari Nataraj takes sixth gold in 100m freestyle at National Games

Olympian Srihari Nataraj ended his campaign in the National Games swimming event on Saturday with his sixth gold medal in the men’s 100m freestyle at the Sardar Patel Aquatics Complex in Rajkot. Nataraj won in 50.41 seconds, a new National Games record. Over the week, the Karnataka swimmer watched his elder Sajan Prakash (Kerala) claim five gold, two silver and one bronze medals. On Saturday, Nataraj stormed to victory in the 100m freestyle while Sajan finished seventh. He fulfilled his mission of winning the two freestyle sprint gold medals to complement the two backstroke titles, as well as anchoring the Karnataka relay teams with two gold medals.

SP Likhit made a clean sweep of the men’s three breaststroke events by winning the 100m event, helping Services increase her gold tally to 44 so far and keep a lead on second-place Haryana, who has 30 gold.

Maharashtra continued its attempt to challenge Haryana with just two gold medals down.

Karnataka has moved up to fourth place with 23 gold medals, including 19 in the swimming competitions.

Tamil Nadu, whose 4 x 100m medley relay defeated Karnataka in the final event of the swimming competition for the team’s only pool gold, sits fifth in the medals table.

With a 2-0 win for the Gujarat men in the soft tennis final against Madhya Pradesh, the host nation ended the day with an unprecedented 11 gold medals.

Mohit Sherawat wins 81kg judo gold despite dislocated shoulder

At Gandhinagar, Delhi judoka Mohit Sherawat went bust despite struggling with a dislocated right shoulder in his semifinals and finals to win the 81 kg class gold.

The national champion dislocated his shoulder in the quarterfinals against Sarabjit Singh from Punjab.

To go biking

In the road race, Karnataka ace Naveen John successfully defended the men’s individual time trial while Tongbram Monorama Devi of Manipur overcame a fever and headache to sprint ahead of Chayanika Gogoi (Assam) and Pooja Baban Danole (Maharashtra) to take the 85km road race of the to attract women.

water polo

At the water polo competition, Services and Maharashtra rallied to win the gold medals for both men and women.

Services rebounded and defeated Kerala 10-8 with two last-minute goals in a thrilling men’s final, while the women of Maharashtra defeated Kerala 5-3 in the final round-robin match to win the title.

Tamil Nadu’ S Vaishnavi took the Women’s Artistic Yogasana Gold with a score of 134.22, flanked on the podium by Maharashtra duo Chhakuli Bansilal Selokar (127.68) and Purva Shriram Kinare (126.68), who finished last qualifier had sneaked into the final.

ice Hockey

In men’s hockey, Karnataka defeated hosts Gujarat 11-2 to secure a semifinal match against Haryana, who gave Tamil Nadu the win with a 3-0 victory.

Uttar Pradesh edged out West Bengal on penalties after the thriller ended 1-1 in regular play. Uttar Pradesh meets Maharashtra who beat Jharkhand in the last quarterfinals.


In boxing, four home boxers – Asifali Asgharli Syed (57 kg), Minaxi Bhanushali (57 kg), Paramjit Kaur (66 kg) and Ruchita Rajput (75 kg) – made it to the quarterfinals.


Former national champion Krishna Thapa, who was harnessed to oversee the state team a few months before the games, is confident the sporting extravaganza will bring boxing to life in Gujarat.

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