Guwahati, Jan 11 : The second day of the Khelo India Youth Games saw Maharasthra leading the medals tally followed by Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat while from North-Eastern states, Tripura was the surprise package winning four gold with Assam bagging only three medals.
The 2020 edition of Khelo India which got off to a colourful start here yesterday, saw under 21 age participants competing in different segments. Twenty-year-old Ajeet Kumar Yadav led Gujarat’s charge on Day 1 of the athletics events, defending his Under-21 5,000m crown in the Khelo India Youth Games here on an actionpacked day.
Interestingly, two of the other medals too came in middle-distance runs, the Under-21 Girls 5,000m and the Under-17 Girls 3,000m, to make them the state to watch out for. The fourth medal was bagged in the Under-17 Girls long jump category, giving a huge fillip to their girls’ initiatives.
Ajeet Kumar Yadav, who started his career in the Lucknow Sports College in Uttar Pradesh at the age of 13, had shifted to an academy in Devgadh Baria in Gujarat to pursue his dreams. Since then, he has quietly been winning laurels and awards, capped by his gold medal in the 3rd Asian Youth Championship. He will, however, consider himself lucky to clinch his first gold in the 2020 Khelo Games as he was almost caught off-guard at the tape.
A late-charging Sunil Dawar from Madhya Pradesh quietly sneaked upon him with his fierce, long strides, calling for a photo finish. Ajeet was clocked at 14:39.99 while Sunil 14:40.00 to make it one of the day’s highlights. The lanky runner, who had won gold in the 1500m too in the last edition, is aiming for the double this time too. (UNI)