National Games: Hrutika Shriram, Zeel Desai win gold, Sai Praneeth in badminton men’s singles final – SportsMediaz

Maharashtra’s Hrutika Shriram won her second gold medal in diving by clinching the women’s 10m platform event in the National Games at the Sardar Patel Aquatics Complex here on Wednesday.

The Railways employee, who hails from Solapur, scored 179.30 points to clinch the title. Madhya Pradesh’s Palak Sharma took the silver with 175.10 points, while Esha Waghmode of Maharashtra claimed bronze with 172.35 points.

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The trio had finished in the same order in the 3M Springboard contest 48 hours earlier.

“I was not at my best today and I erred on a couple of dives. There were butterflies in my stomach and I thought that I would have to settle for silver. But I am glad I was able to clinch gold despite that,” Hrutika said.

Meanwhile, at the Riverfront Sports Development Complex in Ahmedabad, Gujarat tennis player Zeel Desai stepped up in the absence of experienced Ankita Raina and clinched the gold medal in the women’s singles final. Zeel beat Karnataka’s Sharmada Balu 6-2, 3-2 when the latter conceded the match due to an ankle injury.

“I am extremely happy to win the gold today. It was special to play with so much support on the home turf,” Zeel Desai said.

In badminton, former national champion B Sai Praneeth thrashed M Raghu of Karnataka in straight games and will face Mithun Manjunath in the badminton men’s singles final on Thursday.

In women’s singles, top-seed Malvika Bansod of Maharashtra won a three-game thriller against Aditi Bhat in the women’s singles semifinal. She will take on second-seed Aakarshi Kashyap of Chhattisgarh in the women’s singles summit clash.

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Meanwhile, in swimming, Assam’s Astha Choudhury, who won the women’s 100m butterfly gold on the opening day of the Games, broke Richa Mishra’s mark of 2:21.66 in the heats of the 200m butterfly with a 2:21.52 winning effort.

Punjab’s Chahat Arora also set a new Games record in the women’s 50m Breaststroke with a time of 33.17 seconds, eclipsing the old time of 34.43 seconds set by Tamil Nadu’s AV Jayaveena. Chahat had won a silver in the 200m Breaststroke on the second day.

The Results (finals):


Women’s 10m Platform: 1. Hrutika Shriram (Maharashtra) 179.30 points; 2. Palak Sharma (Madhya Pradesh) 175.10; 3. Esha Waghmode (Maharashtra) 172.35.


Men’s singles: Manish Suresh Kumar (Tamil Nadu) beat Arjun Kadhe (Maharashtra) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Bronze medals: SD Prajwal Dev (Karnataka) and G Manish (Karnataka).

Women’s singles: Zeel Desai (Gujarat) beat Sharmada Balu (Karnataka) 6-2, latter retd; Bronze medals: Yubrani Banerjee (West Bengal) and Rutuja Bhosale (Maharashtra).

Other Results:

Archery (Compound)


Individual: Bronze medal play-off: Gurwinder Singh (Punjab) beat Umesh Singh (Uttarakhand) 141-140.

Team: Maharashtra beat Uttarakhand 230-220.


Individual: Sakshi Chaudhary (Uttar Pradesh) beat Parneet Kaur (Punjab) 143-140.

Team: Bronze medal play-off: Punjab beat Delhi 224-221.

Mixed Team: Bronze medal play-off: Uttar Pradesh beat Andhra Pradesh 152-151.


Men’s Singles (semifinals): B Sai Praneeth (Telangana) beat M Raghu (Karnataka) 21-12, 21-19; M Mithun (Karnataka) beat Aryamann Tandon (Gujarat) 21-9, 11-21.

Women’s Singles (semifinals): Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) beat Aditi Bhatt (Uttarakhand) 21-10, 19-21, 21-13; Aakarshi Kashyap (Chhattisgarh) beat Tanya Hemanth (Karnataka) 21-9, 21-15.

Women’s Doubles (Semifinals): Sikki Reddy and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela (Telangana) bt Kavya Gupta and Khushi Gupta (Delhi) 21-16, 21-17; Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat (Karnataka) beat Mahreen Riza and Arathi Sara Sunil (Kerala) 23-21, 21-11.

Men’s Doubles (Semifinals): PS Ravikrishna and Sankarprasad Udayakumar (Kerala) beat HV Nithin and Vaibhaav (Karnataka) 21-17, 21-14; Hariharan Amsakarunan and Ruban Kumar (Tamil Nadu) beat Shyam Prasad and S Sunjith (Kerala) 21-19, 21-16

Mixed Doubles (Semifinals): Sai Pratheek and Ashwini Ponnappa (Karnataka) beat Hariharan Amsakarunan and VR Nardhana (Tamil Nadu) 23-21, 13-21, 21-19; Rohan Kapoor and Kanika Kanwal (Delhi) beat S Sunjith and TR Gowrikrishna (Kerala) 24-22, 21-18.

Basketball (5×5)

Men’s semifinal: Tamil Nadu beat Services 90-47 (Half-time: 46-15).

Women’s semifinal: Tamil Nadu beat Madhya Pradesh 82-30 (42-15).

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