Despite 2nd Largest Contingent Assam Ranks 10th in Medal Tally
The on- going Khelo India Youth Games, 2020 are being held in Guwahati from the 9th of January. Assam being the host state, the athletes got direct entry to the various sporting disciplines. As such, Assam has the second largest contingent at 660 after Haryana’s 682. The other large contingents are Maharashtra (579), Delhi (450), Uttar Pradesh (430) and Punjab (390).
As one of the largest contingents CM Sarbananda Sonowal and the sports authorities of the state have been hopeful from the beginning of winning big and making a place towards the top of the medal list.
G Plus presents a report of the total medals by the home team till the evening of 17th January (Friday).
On the 9th day of the mega event, Assam is ranked 10th with a total of 32 medals. The state has bagged 9 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals.
A list of the winners as per the Khelo India official records is presented below:
1. Puja Basumatary in U-17, judo 57 kg
2. Surajit Burhagohain in U-21 singles lawn bowl
3. Gongutri Bordoloi in U-21 60 kilometres individual road race cycling
4. Sanzio Pandey, Scion Shiv Mahanta, Raktim Kashyap, Abhilakh Handique in U-21 fours team lawn bowl
5. Sumon Kumari, Suranjana Baruah, Adinita KaKati in U-21 triple team in lawn bowl
6. Bhum Machahary, Pallab Gogoi, Rajib Brahma, Subarna Kalita in U-21 4x100 metres relay
7. Shivangi Sarma in U-21 200m freestyle swimming
8. Shivangi Sharma in U-21 800m freestyle swimming
9. Siddhanta Gogoi in U-21 61 kg weightlifting
1. Upasha Talukdar in U-17 rhythmic ball gymnastic
2. Akshay Boro in U-17 200 m track & field race
3. Hriday Hazarika in U-21 10m air rifle shooting
4. Dharitri Sonowal in U-17 judo above 63 kg
5. Manav Jyoti Teron in U-17 200m cycling
6. PrabaL Pratim Gogoi in U-17 55 kg weightlifting
7. Gitashree Sonowal in U-21 49 kg weightlifting
8. Swmkwr Islary, Jwngsar Basumatary, Chinmoy Baruah, Akshay Boro in U-17 4x100m track & field relay
9. Gongutri Gogoi, Chayanika Gogoi, Joyshree Gogoi, Bristi Kongkona Gogoi in U-21 4000m cycling
1. Upasha Talukdar in U-17 all round gymnastic
2. Upasha Talukdar in U-17 rhythmic rope gymnastic
3. Karina Patowary, Jinu Gogoi in U-21 pair lawn bowl
4. Pingkhi Brahma in U-21 javelin throw
5. Jwngsar Basumatary in U-17 triple jump
6. Chitra Prova Chetia in U-17 40 kg weightlifting
7. Chayanika Gogoi in U-21 60 kilometers individual road race cycling
8. Chayanika Gogoi in U-21 cycling scratch race
9. Gongutri Bordoloi, Chayanika Gogoi in U-21 cycling team sprint
10. Salim Ansari in U-21 55 kg judo
11. Rajeshree Buragohain in U-21 100m breast stroke swimming
12. Anubhuti Baruah in U-21 50m butterfly swimming
12-year-old gymnast manages to secure 1 silver and 2 bronzes
Upasha Talukdar bought laurels for the state on the very first day of the Games when she won won a bronze in the rhythmic gymnastics event in the Girls’ Under-17 category. She has won a total of three medals. 1 silver in the rhythmic ball event and 2 bronzes - one in all round gymnastics and another in rhythmic rope event.
The 12-year-old is a self-taught gymnast in a state where the sport is not so popular. She started off with artistic gymnastics and later took to YouTube to learn rhythmic gymnastics. She is also training under a Russian friend who is herself practicing to be a gymnastics coach.
Puja Basumatary ‘eats, breathes and lives judo.’
Puja Basumatary got Assam’s first gold medal after defeating Uttarakhand's Sneha Chauhan 1-0 in the finals of the U-17 Girls’ 57 kg category.
The daughter of a cab driver from Karbi Anglong district, she started practicing judo from 2015. Having started competing professionally only in 2018, Puja has become one of the most promising judokas in the country, and currently trains at the Khelo India national camp in Bhopal under Arjuna Awardee Yashpal Solanki.
She "eats, breathes, lives judo" and "watching her walk into the judo arena is like seeing a viewer watch their favourite movie,” Solanki said.
Lawn Bowl: Assam shines in the newly added sport to Khelo India
The lawn bowlers added to the Bhogali celebrations by doubling the state’s gold medal haul to six. 19-year-old Surajit Burhagohain hit pay-dirt in the Lawn Bowls boys’ under-21 singles final with a facile 21-10 win against Jharkhand.
The Under-21 boys’ fours team of Sanzio Pandey, Scion Shiv Mahanta, Raktim Kashyap and Abhilakh Handique and girls’ triple team of Sumon Kumari, Suranjana Baruah and Adinita KaKati added to the celebration.
The girls’ Under-21 pair of Karina Patowary and Jinu Gogoi also won a bronze alongside Uttarakhand.
Jinu Gogoi started bowling barely three months ago. That too only because she used to see her employer Bima Borah play the sport every evening at the Sarusajai Complex while she babysat her (Borah’s) 10-month-old child.
“It may be just a bronze, but it has come after just three months of training. I can see her continuing and getting much better very soon,” said Borah.
It is to be mentioned that lawn bowl along with cycling are the two newly added disciplines to Khelo India in this 3rd edition, and the host state has shone bright with 3 golds and a bronze.
A Gold and a Silver for the state in 4x100 meters relay
The under-21 boys’ team had further raised Assam’s ranking on the medal tally by winning gold in the 4x100 metres relay race. The team comprising Bhum Machahary, Pallab Gogoi, Rajib Brahma and Subarna Kalita finished the race at 42.45 seconds that ensured the first gold for the state in the athletic event.
Assam also managed to grab a silver at the 4x100 metres relay in the under-17 category. The team had Swmkwr Islary, Jwngsar Basumatary, Chinmoy Baruah and Akshay Boro.
Even a major road accident couldn’t stop Gongutri from bagging gold
Gongutri Bordoloi won gold for Assam in 60 kilometres Individual Road Race Cycling in the under-21 girls’ category. This girl from Nagoan had almost lost her dream even before taking wing when she met with a massive road accident five years ago. She was left with broken collarbone and multiple lacerations, injuries that kept her off the schedule for over a year. While her mother wanted her to give up cycling, her father fought for her and motivated her to cling to her passion. The gold medalist from Assam is back now and has no intention of quitting.
“I was a sprint cyclist earlier, but the injuries mean that I can’t burst through quickly now,” Gongutri said sharing her journey with the media. “I switched over to the pursuit and the road recently. Even today I was nervous, because I didn’t want to crash. I saw the commotion behind me and ensured I wasn’t near it,” she added.
Akshay Boro wins 200 m
Assam spinster Akshay Boro won the silver medal in the under 17 boys’ 200 m category. He hails from Chaygoan and has been training for two years. After his win a happy Boro said, “I am really happy to have won the silver medal in front of my home crowd. It’s a matter of great pride for me to have been able to produce a good performance, and I hope to reach newer heights in the next few years.”
“I had initially started off with football. But while playing, I would see fellow youngsters running, and then I also happened to develop an interest,” he added.
Silver for Assam in 10 m Air Rifle shooting
Hriday Hazarika bagged a silver for Assam in the 10-metre air rifle shooting in the under-21 category. The match witnessed one of the best competitions in the shooting event which got under way at the Kahilipara Shooting Range on 14th January.
Talking to G Plus Hriday said, “The competition was quite tough as expected as we have got international class competitors. I got a bit disappointed as I trained so hard. I, however, gave in my hundred percent and that helped me to get to the silver.”
Speaking to the media his current coach Suma Shirur, who is former Olympian in 10 m air rifle and Commonwealth Games gold medalist said, “Hriday is a very good fighter and he proved it again here. An athlete always feels pressure when he competes on his home soil. I think Hriday too felt it today but the boy fought brilliantly and made a good comeback to win silver here.”