Welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the 36th National Games in Gujarat.
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Women’s Singles Final – Aakarshi Kashyap vs Malvika Bansod. Kashyap dominates the first set and wins it 21-8. Malvika fights back in the second set and takes an early lead. Kashyap sees the storm and gets two championship points. Malvika shows her resolve by saving both and making it 20-20. But she can’t deny Aakarshi Kashyap for long and gives away two points. Aakarshi Kashyap wins gold in women’s singles. SCORE – 21-8/22-20
Mixed Doubles Finals – Ashwini Ponnappa/Sai Pratheek vs Rohan Kapoor/Kanika Kanwal. The Karnataka duo show all their class to wrap up the first set easily by a margin of 21-15. The second set follows in the same line as the top seeded Ponnappa-Pratheek wins 21-13 and with that clinches the gold medal.
ARCHERY (Bronze medal matches)
Recurve round – Women’s individual bronze medal match between Avani and Simranjeet Kaur has started. Simranjeet takes an early lead to put Avani under pressure. She hold on to the lead in style and wins the bronze medal for Punjab.
Recurve round – Men’s individual bronze medal match – Tarundeep Rai vs Gaurav Lambe. An intense contest with both archers matching each other well. But Tarundeep finally pulls ahead in the third set. But Gaurav fights back in the fourth to make it 5-3. Tarundeep keeps his cool and wins the last set and clinches a bronze medal for Services.
Mixed team bronze medal match – Jharkhand vs Rajasthan. Rajasthan takes a 2-0 lead after the first set. Jharkhand strikes back in second set to level it 2-2 and wins three more points in the subsequent sets to seal the bronze medal.
Women’s team bronze medal match – Assam vs Gujarat. It is even steven and the bronze medal game heads into a tiebreaker after it ended 4-4. Gujarat wins bronze in the tiebreaker.
Men’s team bronze medal match – Maharashtra vs Jharkhand – It is 4-4 and looks set for another tiebreak. The Maharashtra team shows nerves of steel to seal it in the tiebreak and wins the bronze medal.
Men’s 1m spring board event happening at the Swimming Complex in Rajkot.
Haryana and Gujarat facing off at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Ground, Rajkot in a pool-stage match. And even before the halfway mark, Haryana has built a three-goal lead. Haryana’s lead grows to 7-0 in the fourth quarter and that is the final score. HARYANA WINS.
Two games in the morning session. In women’s it is Maharashtra vs Assam and in Men’s, Manipur vs Kerala.
At half-time Manipur takes a 1-0 lead. It needs more goals to boost its goal difference so as to qualify for the semifinal. But Kerala strikes back in the second half as it came back from 2-1 to win the game with the winner coming in the 89th minute.
In the women’s game, Assam scores twice in both half to secure a comfortable win.
Women’s 3rd place playoff – Kerala beats Madhya Pradesh 75-62 to win the bronze medal in the event. Telangana and Tamil Nadu will face off in the final at 10 AM. In Men’s bronze medal match, it is Services who is leading Karnataka going into the last quarter. A comfortable margin of 17 points for Services. Services wins Bronze by beating Karnataka by a margin of 94-67.
Women’s Final – Tamil Nadu vs Telangana. A thrilling game, befitting of a final. Tamil Nadu led 54-49 at the end of the third quarter. But Telangana strikes back in the last quarter and wins the Gold. Score – 62-67.
Men’s Final – Punjab vs Tamil Nadu.
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Lovlina, Hussamuddin reach boxing quarterfinals
Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain and two-time Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin recorded comprehensive wins to reach the quarterfinals of their respective weight categories at the boxing arena of the National Games on Wednesday.
Lovlina will meet Indraja K.A. of Kerala in the women’s 75kg quarterfinals. Hussamuddin will take on national champion Rohit Mor in the men’s 57kg last-eight clash.
Encouraged by Assam teammate and World Championships bronze medallist Jamuna Boro from the stands and seconded by Worlds and Asian medallist Shiva Thapa, Lovlina – who had injured her nose recently during the selection trials for the Asian Championships – did not let her debut bout in 75kg last long.
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Lovlina rained punches on a hapless Nishi Bhardwaj, who got two standing counts before the referee stopped the contest in the opening round.
Hussamuddin convincingly defeated Satish Kumar 5-0. “After the Commonwealth Games, I spent some time with my (newborn) daughter, before resuming my training for the trials. I will use the National Games to prepare myself for the Asian Championships,” said Hussamuddin.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jaismine Lomboria trounced Telangana’s Manasa Mattaparthi in a 60kg bout.
Important results (preliminary round):
Men: 51kg: Ankit Kumar (Har) bt Sai Kumar (SSCB) 4-1, Sparsh Kumar (Pun) bt Srinu Muvvala (AP) 5-0, Mukesh Kumar (Del) bt Manish Sahu (Cht) 5-0; 57kg: Muhammad Hussamuddin (SSCB) bt Satish Kumar (UP) 5-0, Rohit Mor (Del) bt Rushikesh Goud (Mah) 4-1; +92kg: Narender (SSCB) bt Vishal Yadav (UP) 5-0.
Women: 52kg: Nissy Thampi (Ker) bt Pooja (Del) 3-2, Rebecca Lalinmawii (Miz) bt Eva Marbani (Meg) 4-1; 60kg: Jaismine Lamboria (Har) bt Manasa Mattaparthi (Tel) RSC-R3, Parvish Konthoujam (Man) bt Ritu (Chd) 4-1; Poonam Kaithwas (Mah) bt Neha (Raj) 4-0; 75kg: Lovlina Borgohain (Asm) bt Nishi Bhardwaj (Bih) RSC-R1.
Zeel Desai, Manish Sureshkumar clinch tennis singles gold
Home favourite Zeel Desai claimed the women’s singles title, while Tamil Nadu’s Manish Sureshkumar took the men’s singles crown in the tennis competitions of the National Games at the Riverfront Sports Development Complex here on Wednesday.
The third-seeded Zeel was leading 6-2, 3-2 against Karnataka’s Sharmada Balu when the latter conceded the match due to an ankle injury.
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“I am extremely happy to win the gold today. It was special to play with so much support on the home turf. I am used to the heat of Ahmedabad and it helped me while playing against some of them,” said Zeel.
Yubrani Banerjee of West Bengal and Rutuja Bhosale of Maharashtra bagged the bronze.
Manish rallied to beat Maharashtra’s Arjun Kadhe 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.
After winning the first set, Arjun suffered rib pain and could not maintain the tempo. Manish took advantage of the situation to win the next two sets.
Karnataka’s S.D. Prajwal Dev and G. Manish got the bronze medals.
Haryana, Punjab remain unbeaten in women’s hockey
Haryana and Punjab competed for their engagements in pool A and Pool B respectively with an all-win record in the National Games women’s hockey at the Dhyanchand hockey stadium here on Wednesday.
Haryana crushed Uttar Pradesh 5-1 for its third consecutive win in pool B. Odisha thrashed Gujarat 23-0 in another pool A match. Captain Gurjit Kaur scored a hat-trick as Punjab warded off a stiff challenge from young Jharkhand girls to win 3-2 in Pool B. Jharkhand stunned Punjab with an early goal scored by Salima Tete in the second minute. However, Punjab regrouped and captain Gurjit Kaur converted two penalty corners which they earned in the sixth and ninth minutes to take the lead. Gujrat completed her hat-trick by scoring off another penalty corner in the 26th minute. Jharkhand pulled one back in the 60th minute to reduce the margin.
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In the men’s section, Karnataka continued its unbeaten run with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Jharkhand. Tamil Nadu slumped to its second straight defeat after losing 1-3 to Uttar Pradesh in a pool B match.
Men: Pool B: Karnataka bt Jharkhand 3-2; Uttar Pradesh bt Tamil Nadu 3-1.
Women: Pool A: Haryana bt Uttar Pradesh 5-1; Odisha bt Gujarat 23-0; Pool B: Punjab bt Jharkhand 3-2; Madhya Pradesh bt Karnataka 3-0.
Harshika topples Astha to clinch gold; Sajan dominates men’s 200m butterfly
The 14-year-old Harshika Ramachandra of Karnataka toppled another favourite Astha Choudhury on her way to her third individual gold medal in the 36 th National Games Swimming events at the Sardar Patel Aquatic complex here on Wednesday.
Harshika warded off a late challenge from Assam’s Astha Choudhury to win the gold in 200m butterfly with a new games record of 2:19.12. Harshika broke Richa Mishra’s old mark (2:21.68) set in 2015.
Astha, who narrowly failed to beat Richa’s mark in the heats in the morning, was the obvious favourite to win the final. But the Assam girl got off to a slow start while Harshika hit the water early and powered into the lead at the end of the 100m. However, Astha made a strong comeback after 150 metres and chased Harshika in the final 25 metres.
However, the Karnataka girl went all out and sneaked ahead of the Astha. Harshika later anchored Karnataka 4x200m freestyle relay squad to a new games record and took her gold medal tally to four.
Sajan Prakash came up with a dominating performance to win the men’s 200m butterfly with a new record. The Olympian was off to a good start and by the end of the first lap had left the field far behind. Sajan didn’t face any challenge and he finished at least 10 metres ahead of Assam’s Bikram Changmai to set a new record of 1:59.56s. Sajan improved his own record (2:00.69s) set in 2015.
National champion Chahat Arora came up with a scintillating performance in 50m breaststroke. Chahat led from start-to-finish to clock 33.31s and broke A.V. Jayaveena’s old mark (34.43) set in 2015.
The Karnataka men’s 4x200m relay team came from behind to win the gold. Gujarat led initially but the depth in Karnataka’s team enabled it to wrest back the lead and won comfortably in a new games record of 7:41.10.
Men: 50m breaststroke: 1. S.P. Likith (SSCB) (28.62), 2. Vaishnav Hegde (SSCB), 3. Shwejal Mankar (Mah); 200m butterfly: 1. Sajan Prakash (Ker) (1:59.58 – NGR; OR- 2:00.69, Sajan Prakash, Kerala, 2015), 2. Bikram Changmai (Asm), 3. Sanu Debnath (Ben); 4x200m freestyle relay: 1. Karnataka (7:41.10 – NGR; OR – 7:44.24s, Maharashtra, 2015), 2. Gujarat, 3. Maharashtra.
Women: 50m breaststroke: 1. Chahat Arora (Pun) (33.31s – NGR; OR – 34.43, A.V.Jayaveena, TN, 2015); 2. Aarti Patil (Mah), 3. Manavi Varma (Kar); 200m butterfly: Hashika Ramachandra Kar) (2:19.12 -NGR; OR – 2:21.68, Richa Mishra, MP, 2015), 2. Astha Choudhury (Asm), 3. Vritti Agarwal (Tel); 4x200m freestyle relay: 1. Karnataka (8:51.59 – NGR; OR – 8:54.73, Maharashtra, 2015), 2. Tamil Nadu, 3. Bengal.
Rishabh, Aditi clinch individual gold medals in compound archery
Rishabh Yadav and Aditi Swami emerged as the men’s and women’s champions, respectively in compound archery competitions of the National Games at the Sanskardham Complex in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Haryana’s Rishabh defeated Maharashtra’s Ojas Detale 148-147 in a closely-fought final to take the men’s individual gold medal. Gurwinder Singh claimed the bronze medal.
Maharashtra’s Aditi pipped Delhi girl Pragati 144-143 narrowly to win the women’s individual gold. Sakshi Chaudhary got the bronze.
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Delhi – comprising Priyansh, Abhishek Verma, Kawalpreet Singh and Aman Saini – beat Punjab 233-226 to win the men’s team gold. Maharashtra took the bronze.
Aditi picked up her second gold when Maharshtra, also consisting of Monali Jadhao, Madhura Dhamangaonkar and Purvasha Shende, defeated Andhra Pradesh 229-222 in the women’s team final. Punjab pocketed the bronze.
The Punjab duo of Sangampreet Singh Bisla and Avneet Kaur beat the Delhi pair of Priyansh and Pragati 155-153 for the mixed team crown. Uttar Pradesh secured the bronze medal.
Where can you watch the National Games 2022 live?
The Games will be televised live on Doordarshan Sports and the YouTube channe
Here are the venues that will host the 36th National Games 2022 in Gujarat-
The Ahmedabad Military and Rifle Training Association- This venue will host only one event- shooting (Rifle & Pistol) from 29th September to 3rd October 2022.
Sabarmati Riverfront (Paldi)- The four venues at Sabarmati Riverfront will host five sports. Rowing at Venue 1, Canoeing at Venue 1 & Venue 2, Roller Sports at Venue 3, Tennis & Soft Tennis at Venue 4.
TransStadia- Rugby7s will take place at the Football Ground from 28th September to 30th September 2022. Football (Men) is going to be held at TransStadia ground from 2nd October to 11th October 2022. Kabaddi and Yogasana events will be held at Eka Arena, TransStadia from 26th September to 1st October 2022 and 6th October to 11th October 2022 respectively.
Crowne Shooting Academy- At Crowne Academy, one event will be played which is shooting (shotgun) from 30th September to 7th October 2022.
Kensville Golf and Country Club- Lawn Bowls and golf will be held at Kensville Golf and Country Club from 28th September to 9th October 2022.
Sanskardham- At Sanskardham, archery is going to be held at venue 1 from 30th September to 6th October 2022, Indian archery from 1st October to 4th October, Kho Kho from 30th September to 4th October 2022 and Mallakhambh from 7th October to 11th October 2022.
Police Stadium- Women’s football matches will take place at the Police Stadium ground, Shahibagh from October 1-10.
Mahatma Mandir- There are three venues at Mahatma Mandir, venue 1, venue 2 & venue 3 with a total of six sporting events, Weightlifting, Judo, Fencing, Wushu, Boxing & Wrestling starting from 30th September to 12th October 2022.
IIT Gandhinagar- IIT Gandhinagar is divided into three venues i.e IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Gandhinagar court & IIT Gandhinagar ground total four sports will be played i.e. Triathlon, Squash, Athletics & Softball starting from 30th September to 11th October 2022.
CHH Road, Gandhinagar- Cycling (Road) will be held at CHH Road from 8th October to 9th October 2022.
Dumas Beach- Beach Volleyball will be played at Dumas Beach from 6th October to 9th October 2022.
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Indoor Stadium- Table Tennis & Badminton events will take place at PDDU Indoor Stadium from 20th September to 6th October 2022.
Multi-Purpose Hall, Sama Sports Complex- Gymnastics will be held at Sama Sports Complex from 30th September to 4th October 2022.
Sardar Patel Swimming Complex- Aquatics events that include swimming, diving and water polo will be held at Sardar Patel Complex from 2nd October to 8th October 2022.
Major Dhyanchand Hockey Ground- Hockey event will be held at Major Dhyanchand Hockey Ground from 2nd October to 9th October 2022.
Multi-Purpose Hall, SCB- Two events namely netball and volleyball will take place at Multi-Purpose Hall, SCB from 26th September – 12th October 2022.
Outdoor Courts, SCB- At Outdoor Courts, SCB, only basketball will be played with two different formats i.e. basketball 3×3 & 5X5 from 1st October to 6th October 2022.
Velodrome- Cycling (Track) will take place in Velodrome from 1st October to 4th October 2022