Khelo India Youth Games: Ridhhi, Aditi Swami gold archery bag

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In a repeat of last edition’s final, Haryana’s Riddhi fought back 2-4 to beat Tamanna 6-4 and avenge the loss in Guwahati.

In a repeat of last edition’s final, Haryana’s Riddhi fought back 2-4 to beat Tamanna 6-4 and avenge the loss in Guwahati.

Haryana’s Riddhi and Rajasthan’s Kapish Singh came from behind to clinch gold in both girls’ and boys’ recurve archery while Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh split the spoils in archery compound archery on the penultimate day of the Khelo India Youth Games in Panchkula on Sunday.

With both, the hosts and the defending champions, winning a title each, Maharashtra retained their only gold lead, with a total of 38 gold, 35 silver and 29 gold while Haryana has 37 gold, 34 silver and 39 bronze.

Tamil Nadu girls clinched football gold with a 2-0 win over Jharkhand, with namesake girls Shanmuga Priya and Shanmugapriya scoring one goal each.

The main attraction of the morning session was the archery action at Punjab University with all four gold medals on the line.

Both classic summit matchups were contested between United States. In a repeat of last edition’s final, Haryana’s Riddhi fought back 2-4 to beat Tamanna 6-4 and avenge the loss in Guwahati.

In the men’s final, Singh lost the first set but came back in style to beat Ajay Nagarwal 7-3.

Maharashtra had the chance to extend their lead at the top with their compound archers reaching the final in both girls and boys categories.

Aditi Swami gave them a perfect start with a convincing 144-137 win over Punjab’s Avneet Kaur. However, Parth Korde went down to Andhra Pradesh’s Kunderu Venkatadri 144-143, giving Maharashtra just one gold medal.

Madala Surya Hamsini, 12, won the bronze medal.

The women’s basketball final will see Punjab take on Tamil Nadu after the two teams recorded contrasting victories in the semi-finals. Punjab favorites beat Rajasthan 74-46 while Tamil Nadu edged Karnataka 65-62.

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