Maharashtra has once again proved its dominance in the Indian sports scene by crossing the 100-medal mark at the Khelo India Youth Games. The state has been making waves in a number of sports, with the latest addition to its medal tally coming from their talented swimmer Apeksha, who broke a new meet record at the Prakash Tarun Pushkar Pool in Bhopal in the Girls' 200m breaststroke.
Apeksha's outstanding performance in the pool was one of many notable achievements for the state in the Khelo India Youth Games. Her time of 2.39.87 minutes not only secured her the gold medal but also surpassed the previous record. The day was as expected as she won a total of three golds at the Games with two wins in the pool. she went on to win the girls' 100 m butterfly, finishing it with a time of 1.03.69 minutes, becoming the most successful swimmer of the Games so far.
A few more swimmers also won their second gold medals of the Khelo India Youth Games. Maharashtra's Vedaant Madhavan won the boys' 1500m free for his second Games. While Rajasthan's Abhinandan Khandelwal and Yug Chellani also became double gold medalists. They won the boys' 200m breaststroke and 400m medley respectively. Karnataka also won two gold in the pool. Hashika Ramachandra won her second Game in the girls' 400m free with a timing of 4.37.84 minutes. Karnataka also won the girls' 4x100m freestyle ahead of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Finally, Sahil Laskar gave West Bengal its first swimming gold with a comfortable win in the boys' 100, backstroke. He clocked 59.76 to become the only sub-one-minute finisher.
Maharashtra's success in the games extends beyond just swimming, with the state winning medals in a variety of sports. Which include athletics, boxing, judo, and shooting. The state's impressive medal haul highlights the importance of promoting and supporting grassroots sports, and the wealth of sporting talent that exists within the country.