Boxers from Haryana, Maharashtra and Manipur launched their campaigns on a winning note on the first day of the Under-17 boxing event at the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) here on Sunday.
In the boys' light bantam (52kg) category, Haryana's Harshit outpunched Deepak Kumar of Goa 5-0 while his statemate Sachin prevailed over Hikum Haji of Arunachal Pradesh by an identical score in the light fly weight (48kg) category.
The Maharashtra team, studded with fighters from the Boys Sports Company enjoyed a successful day out -- Naoba Singh, Bishwamitra Chongthham, Yaiphaba Meitei and Soibam Singh all winning their respective bouts.
In the girls' Under-17 category, Maharashtra's Aarya Kulkarni beat Delhi's Sakshi Choudhary 5-0 in the light bantam (52kg) and was joined in the next round by state mate Prajkta Shinde who beat Mudrika Gururani of Uttarakhand in the same category.
Haryana girls also started on a winning note as Sheetal Rani advanced with a close 3-2 win over Komal of Punjab in the flyweight (50kg) category.
Odisha and Haryana in finals of Hockey
Favoured Odisha and Haryana took their places in the final of the mens Under-21 hockey as the latter outplayed neighbours Punjab 3-1 while the former defeated Uttar Pradesh 2-1.
In the men's U-21 semis, Haryana rode on goals from skipper Mandeep Mor (12th minute), Yashdeep Siwach (45th) and Kuldeep (46th) to get the better of Punjab 3-1 with some ease. For the losing side, Karajwinder Singh (23th) scored a consolation goal.
The second semi-final was a much closer affair with Odisha having to work hard for their 2-1 result against UP. Odisha rammed in two goals within the opening six minutes through Nilam Sanjeep Xess (4th) and Krishna Tirkey (6th) to set UP on their heels, but the latter thereafter mounted steady pressure in search for goals.
Odisha were stretched in holding on and could not deny Manish Rajbhar in the 42nd minute, which was the closest UP got to an equalizer.
Goa and Punjab make solid start in football
Punjab and Goa chalked out contrasting victories over their rivals in Pool B to qualify for the semifinals in the boys under-21 football competition.
Punjab captain Parmeet Jutty (27th minute) and Vikrant Singh (28th) helped their team overpower Manipur 2-0 while Goa downed Karnataka 1-0 to record their second successive victories and with six points each assured themselves of a place in the knock-out stage.
Goa and Punjab will face each another in the last league match to decide the top place. In Pool A, Mizoram has already made the cut with six points from two matches.
Haryana dominates Wrestling
With 24 gold medals, 16 silver and 18 bronze in the wrestling events, Haryana has once again reiterated their position as the premier wrestling powerhouse of the country.
Haryana crossed the half century mark in wrestling alone leaving other states way behind. Maharashtra finished second. Such was Haryana's dominance that they won more gold medals than all other states put together.
Though Delhi boys showed impressive performance on the first day in the Greco Roman category, winning nine medals including five gold medals, they failed to maintain the momentum and the winning streak and added just one gold medal later on.
Devanshi Rana shoots for glory
Devanshi Rana's solid start provided her the necessary insurance against a less than productive showing in the final stages to win the junior (Under-21) womens 25m pistol gold.
In the end, National junior pistol coach Jaspal Rana's daughter held off a challenge by Haryana's resurgent Anjali Choudhary.
In a field that was bereft of shooters like Manu Bhaker and Muskaan (both Haryana), the Delhi girl won by the barest of margins, 24-23 after dueling with Anjali Choudhary.
The Haryana girl's confidence and rhythm found expression after she secured four hits (10.2 points or higher) in the ninth series to force a shoot-off with the consistent Abhidnya Patil (Maharashtra). She won that battle to get the chance to topple the Delhi girl from the pedestal. The 19-year-old from Delhi managed just one hit to finish with 24.
Devanshi heaved a sigh of relief that Anjali did not replicate her score from the previous round but had only three hits in the last series. She herself had done well to start the final with nine hits from the first competition stage of 15 shots.
Anjali hit a purple patch, scoring 17 hits off 30 (against 15 by Devanshi) but by securing just three hits in that final series, she let Devanshi Rana, who has represented India in Junior World Cups and Junior World Championships, keep her nose ahead and claim the gold medal.