SSCB, Haryana top medal tally in men’s and women’s Youth Nationals

Anjali sharma-silver(MP) Jyothi-gold(HAR) Tanvi Kaushal(DEL) Babita Rani(PUN)-Bronze     Mandeep Kaur-silver (PUN) Sakshi(- goldHAR) Ojibala Devi(MAN) & Rajbala(CHT) bronze

New Delhi, Jan 22: Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) and Haryana emerged as the best teams after they topped the medal tally in the Youth men’s and women’s Nationals championship respectively, here today.

In a week of thrilling competitions, SSCB produced the best results in the men’s nationals, winning nine medals, including four golds and four silvers and a bronze medal, while Haryana was placed second with two gold, one silver and two bronze and Delhi was in the third spot with a gold, and two bronze medals.

In women’s championship, Haryana achieved the top spot with six golds and three silvers, while Punjab was in the second place with one gold, two silver and four bronze and Uttar Pradesh was third with one gold and one bronze.

While the final day of the tournament saw the rise of some new heroes, it turned out to be a difficult day for former World Junior Champion Mandeep Kaur, who had to settle for a silver medal after she suffered an injury to succumb to a 1-4 loss to Sakshi from Haryana in the final of the women’s feather (54-57kg) weight category.

The 16-year-old boxer from Chakkar village hurt her right hand thumb during the final bout and could not compete to her best.

In women’s light fly (45-48kgs), Jyothi from Haryana blanked Madhya Pradesh’s Anjali Sharma to clinch the title.

In women’s fly (48-51kgs), Haryana boxer Ekta thrashed Assam’s Joy Kumari Lama 5-0 to take the trophy.

In women’s bantam (51-54 kgs), Haryana’s Parveen blasted Palian Lalnunfeli of Mizoram to bag the gold medal.

In Women’s light (57-60kg), Mizoram boxer Vanlalhriatpuii eked out a narrow 3-2 win over Haryana’s Jony to claim the title.

In women’s light welter (60-64kg), Lalita of Rajasthan defeated Haryana’s Nisha in another unanimous decision, while UP’s Astha Pahwa beat Himachal Pradesh’s Rupa Rani in welter weight (64-69kg) to take the respective crowns.

In women’s middle weight (69-75kg) , Avneet Kaur of Punjab saw off Haryana’s Sapna 4-1, while in women’s light heavy weight (75-81kg) Haryana boxer Anupama emerged winner after Punjab’s Parveen Kaur after referee stopped the contest in the third round.

In women’s heavy (81+kg), Megha M Mathew of Kerela prevailed over Neha of Haryana 4-1 in another lop-sided contest.

In men’s competition, SSCB’s Barun Singh edged out Ansul Punia of Chandigarh 2-1 to clinch the trophy in a thrilling contest in the light fly (46-49kg).

In fly weight (52kg), Ch Wilson Singh of SSCB mauled  Gurpreet Singh of Punjab 5-0 to win the title.

In bantam weight (56kg), SSCB’s Mohammad Etash Khan defeated Uttarakhand’s Pawan Gurung 5-0, while Ankit of SSCB emerged as the champion after he was adjudged the winner by an unanimous decision against Punjab’s Gurpinder Singh in light weight (60kg).

In light welter (64kg), Manipur’s P Brighter Singh defeated SSCB’s Akash in an unanimous decision.

In welter weight (69kg), Haryana’s Naveena Boora won gold after defeating SSCB’s Parveen Kumar 5-0, while Haryana’s Karan clinched the gold medal after notching up a dominating 5-0 win over SSCB’s Sachin in middle (75kgs).

In light heavy (81kgs), Delhi ‘s Harsh Lakra defeated Haryana’s Ashish 3-2 to win the gold medal, while Chandigarh’s Sawan Gill won the gold after beating SSCB’s Himmat Singh 5-0 in a heavy weight (91kg) final.

In Super heavy weight (91+kg), Harshpreet Saharwat from UP won the gold, defeating Rajasthan’s Akhil Punia after he gave a walk over following a joint injury.