Sports Reporter Pune: Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh on Thursday bagged the lion’s share of medals in gymnastics in Khelo Indian Youth Games 2019 here. Maharashtra bagged five of the 14 gold medals on offer, while Uttar Pradesh clinched four. UP dominated the mens section with four gold, while West Bengal (3) and Jammu & Kashmir (2) shared five gold in the womens events, a media release issued here said. In terms of medals, Maharashtra had a whopping haul of 17, comprising five gold, five silver and seven bronze. UP had eight medals in its kitty – four gold, one silver and three bronze. Protishtha Samanta and Bavleen Kaur were big starts in the gymnastics arena. Protishtha bagged three individual gold and took her personal tally to four she won a gold two days ago. Bavleen emerged as another major star among women, as she won two gold to take her haul to three at these Games, the release said. Meanwhile; Secretary Sports Council J&K Dr. Naseem Javaid Chowdhary, has congratulated to Bavleen, Vandhana and the coaches specially Arjuna Awardee Krupali Singh coach of Sports Council for this extra ordinary performance by the State Gymnasts. Among men, Mohammed Rafey, who had one gold earlier, added two more Thursday to take his yellow metal haul to three. Led by Shreyas Mandliks one gold, two silver and a bronze, Maharashtra were also boosted by Krisha Chheda who landed a total of three medals (one gold, two bronze) out of four events in rhythmic gymnastics. Bavleen bagged two gold and two silver which made her a podium finisher in every event of the rhythmic gymnastics section, while Protishtha dominated artistic gymnastics with her golden haul. Uttar Pradesh dominated the mens artistic gymnastics with a total of eight medals. With an astounding 21 medals, the Maharashtra under-17 gymnastics team, buoyed by the home crowd, finished its campaign on a high. While the first day was dominated by Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra managed to corner a total of 17 medals on the last day, the release added.
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