National Games: Hrutika Shriram wins gold in diving, Sai Praneeth in the men’s singles final in badminton

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

The railway worker, who hails from Solapur, scored 179.30 to clinch the title. Palak Sharma of Madhya Pradesh won the silver medal with 175.10 points, while Esha Waghmode of Maharashtra took bronze with 172.35 points.

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

“I wasn’t at my best today and I made a mistake on a few dives. I had butterflies in my stomach and thought I should settle for the silver. But I’m glad I was able to get the gold despite that,” Hrutika said.

In badminton, former B national champion Sai Praneeth has beaten M Raghu of Karnataka in consecutive matches 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 semi-final. She will face second seed Aakarshi Kashyap of Chhattisgarh in the women’s singles summit clash.

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

Chahat Arora of Punjab 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 AV Jayaveena of Tamil Nadu. Chahat had won a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke on day two.

The results (final):

Dive

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

Other results:

Archery (compound bow)

Men

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

Team: Maharashtra beat Uttarakhand 230-220.

Women

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.

Badminton

Men’s singles (semi-finals): 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 (semi-finals): Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) beat Aditi Bhatt (Uttarakhand) 21-10, 19-21, 21-13; Aakarshi Kashyap (Chhattisgarh) defeated Tanya Hemanth (Karnataka) 21-9, 21-15.

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

Men’s doubles (semi-finals): 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 (semi-finals): 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) defeated S Sunjith and TR Gowrikrishna (Kerala) 24-22, 21-18.

Basketball (5×5)

Men’s semi-final: Tamil Nadu beat Services 90-47 (half-time: 46-15).

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

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