Karnataka swimmers continue to dominate the national swimming meet  

Ishaan Mehera of Karnataka also dominated in his age group with two gold medals today.
Karnataka swimmers continue to dominate the national swimming meet  

BHUBANESWAR: With two more days of action left in the 39th Sub Junior and 49th Junior National Aquatic Championships 2023 in Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Sports Complex, Karnataka remained poised to defend their overall championship title.  With as many as 32 gold medals, 28 silver and 17 bronze Karnataka has topped the table while Tamil Nadu have 7 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze followed by  Maharashtra have 6 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze medals.

Karnataka girls continued to showcase top form in their respective races and also tumbled a few national records.Hashika Ramachandra added another gold medal to her kitty, with a record time, in the 400m individual medley. She rewrote Shakthi B's record of 5:11.77 by clocking 5:08.50. She was a couple of strokes ahead of state mate S Lakshya who finished second with a time of 5:12.75.  

In another record-breaking performance of the day for Karnataka, Tanishi Gupta clocked 1:02.21 to beat state mate Dhinidhi Desinghu and create a new national record in the 100m butterfly for group II girls. The record 1:05.51 was previously held by Hashika Ramachandra created in 2021. Interestingly, Dhinidhi also improved the national record by clocking 1:04.03.

Ridhima Veerendra, although missed Maana Patel's record in 50m backstroke for group I girls, comfortably won the race. She timed 30.08, narrowly missing the record time of 30.03 created in 2015. Sagnika Roy of West Bengal finished behind with a time of 31.25.

Ishaan Mehera of Karnataka also dominated in his age group with two gold medals today. He won the 50m backstroke clocking 28.45, while state mate Idhant Shashwat bagged silver with a time of 29.05. Ishaan also won the 100m freestyle for group II boys. He clocked 54.85 while Assam's Nibir Hazarika took home the silver with 56.12 on the clock.

Jharkhand, Punjab and Telangana swimmers bagged a gold each for their State. On Friday, Rana Pratap helped Jharkhand bag their first individual gold medal with a sensational swim in the 200m breaststroke for group I boys. He clocked 2:21.88 to create the new national record, while erasihng Swadesh Mondal's record of 2:22.29 created in 2021. Rana finished ahead of Vidith S Shankar of Karnataka. Vidith clocked 2:24.31 to settle for silver.

Punjab's Jasnoor Kaur took the crowd by surprise as she came up with a brilliant swim in the 50m freestyle for group I girls. While she broke the national record of 27.11 held by Shivani Kataria in the prelims earlier in the day with a time of 27.01, she won the gold in the final with a time of 27.28 beating Alefiya SD of Maharashtra with the time of 27.40.

Telangana's Vritti Agarwal bagged gold in the 800m freestyle. Though she came nowhere close to her own national record of 9:10.32, she comfortably won the race finishing ahead of Aditi N Mulav of Karnataka. She clocked 9:20.25 while Aditi timed 9:34.99.

Results: Boys:

 Group I:

100m freestyle: 1. Rishabh Anupam Das (Mah) 52.84; 2. Lucky Ali Khan (Raj) 53.46; 3. Kartikeyan Nair (Kar) 53.56 200m breaststroke: 1. Rana Pratap (Jhar) 2:21.88 NMR;  2. Vidith S Shankar (Kar) 2:24.31; 3. Sayan Bhowmik (Ben) 2:25.21

50m backstroke: 1. Akash Mani (Kar) 27.10; 2. Rishabh Anupam Das (Mah) 27.13; Vissesh PS (TN) 27.73

Group II:

200m breaststroke: 1. M S Nitheesh (TN)  2:30.66; 2. Ayush Shivaraju Maganahalli (Kar)  2:34.30; 3. Arhaan Harsh (Guj)  2:35.16

100m freestyle: 1. Ishaan Mehra (Kar) 54.85; 2. Nibir Hazarika (Assa) 56.12; 3. Nitishsai Harinath (TN) 56.32

800m freestyle: 1. Yuvraj Singh (Del) 8:50.36;  2. Pirthviraj Menon (Kar) 9:00.96; 3. Monish P V (Kar) 9:02.92

50m backstroke: 1. Ishaan Mehera (Kar) 28.45; 2. Idhant SC (Kar) 29.05; 3. Rudra JK (Mah) 30.04

Group III:  

100 M Breaststroke:  1. Abdul Hafeez (TN) 1:22.64;  2. Arjun Raghavan (Kar) 1:22.82;         3. Chetan Nagaraja Ganapa (Kar) 1:24.70

Girls: Group I:

800m freestyle: 1. Vritti Agarwal (Tel) 9:20.25; 2. Aditi N Mulay (Kar) 9:34.99; 3. Titiksha Rawat (Del) 9:36.95

100m butterfly: 1. Subhranshini Priyadarshini (Assa) 1:05.58;  2. Jahnabi Kashyap (Assa)  1:06.41;  3. Rithika Mahesh Bangalore (Kar)1:06.43

400m freestyle: 1. Hashika Ramachandra (Kar) 5:08.50 NMR; 2. S Lakshya (Kar) 5:12.75;     3. Raghvi Ramanujan (Mah) 5:20.81

50m backstroke: 1. Ridhima Veerendra (Kar) 30.08; 2. Sagnika Roy (Ben) 31:02; 3. Aarushi Agarwal (Kar) 31.22

50m freestyle: 1. Jasnoor Kaur (Pun) 27.28 (also clocked record of 27.01 in prelims); 2. Alefiya SD (Mah) 27.40; 3. Manavi Sharma (Kar) 27.45

Group II:

50m backstroke: 1. Naisha (Kar) 32.03; 2. Pramiti Gnanasekaran (TN) 32.37; 3. Christeena Sojan (Ker) 32.63.

400m freestyle: 1. Thanya Shadakshari (Kar) 5:25.04; 2. Sri Nithya Sagi (Tel) 5:26.00; 3. Meenakshi Menon (Kar) 5:26.75

100m butterfly: 1. Tanishi Gupta (Kar) 1:02.21 NMR; 2. Dhinidhi Desinghu (Kar) 1:04.03 NMR; 3. Aditi Satish Hegde 13 (Mah) 1:05.97

400m freestyle: 1. Anushka Sanjeev Vijapur (Mah) 5:08.74; 2. Debopriya Dwari (Ben) 5:09.10; 3. Lasya Sri Kagitha (AP) 5:12.41

Group III:

100m breaststroke:  1. V Ashvithaa Vijayakumar (TN) 1:28.04;  2. Adriza Rani Chetia (Assa)  1:28.77;  3. Poornima Dev (Ker) 1:28.81

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