Haryana wrestlers flex their muscles

Pune, January 12 

Haryana’s wrestlers and Punjab’s weightlifters gave a good account of themselves in the Khelo India Youth Games here today. Haryana added eight more gold to their wrestling medals, taking the tally to an incredible 24 gold. Overall, Haryana won 58 wrestling medals, including 16 silver and 18 bronze.

Haryana coach Vijender was all praise his wards. “We were missing top wrestling stars like Anshu and Sonam. Moreover, World sub-junior silver medallist Meenakshi and Asian cadet gold medallist Akash Dahiya weren’t at their best. Yet, we managed to grab so many medals. It shows the depth and talent in our state,” he said. 

Punjab lifters shine 

Meanwhile, Punjab weightlifters won three of the six gold on offer today, apart from a silver and a bronze. Punjab were nowhere in the picture until Friday but made their mark today to bring themselves on par with Mizoram and Manipur. 

Besides, Punjab, along with Haryana, entered the final of the boys’ U-17 hockey. In the semifinals, Punjab beat Odisha 6-5 in a tie-breaker, while Haryana beat plucky Uttar Pradesh 3-2. 

Maharashtra continue to top the medal tally with 41 gold, nine of them coming today. The hosts have also won 33 silver and 42 bronze for a total of 116 medals. Delhi are on their heels with 33 gold, 23 silver and 27 bronze. Haryana, placed third, have 29 gold, 29 silver and 32 bronze, with a total of 90 medals. 

Of the total of 36 teams, from 29 states and seven union territories, 28 have so far managed to get themselves on the medals tally. — PTI

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