Day 5 of Glenmark 35th Sub Junior and 45th Junior National Aquatic Championships
Vedika, Shaon Srihari Nina and Bikram shine in a day of upsets.
5 New records
In a day where the favourites seemed to lose most races. There were some phenomenol performances which lit up a hot day further.
The Girls 200 m breaststroke record in the girls group II category was broken twice. Kareena Shankta of SFI broke the existing record by 3 seconds to clock 02:48.02 in the heats in the morning. Vedika Amin of SFI swum a wonderful last 50 meters to edge past Kareena at the home stretch to set a New National record and win gold clocking a time of 02:43.97. Kareena won silver with a time of 02:44.29 which was a better meet record while Rachana S Rao of Karnataka won bronze with a time of 02:48.06 The swimmers from Girls Group II were 5 seconds faster than swimmers from Girls Group I in the 200 m Breaststroke event
Vidith S Shankar of Karnataka swum a dream race to set a new national record in the 100 m Freestyle Breaststroke Boys Group III. Vidith clocked 01:14.51 beating the record set in the heats by the silver medalist Zainul Hussain of Madhya Pradesh who won silver with a time of 01:15.89. Sanjeevan Kumar Das of Assam won bronze with a time of 01:17.13
Bikram Changmai of Assam who trains at the SAI Glenmark TIDM programme at Delhi kept his nerve to thwart a tremendous assault from Shoan Ganguly of Goa who earlier upset Bikram’s teammate Veer Khatkar in the 200 m freestyle to win gold with a time of 02:10.14 breaking the national record in the process. Shoan bettered the meet record with a time of 02:11.11 while Aryan Panchal of Gujarat created an upset by winning bronze with a time of 02:13.51
Nina Venkatesh broke a 13 year old National record in the 50 m Butterfly Girls group II. Nina held her nerve and did not look back after gaining the lead in the second half of the race and clocked 00:29.48 while Liyana Fathima Umar of Kerala won silver with a time of 00:29.86 while Uttara Gogoi of Assam won bronze with a time of 00:30.27
Crowd favourite Srihari Nataraj of Karnataka smashed a 10 year record by winning the 200 m Freestyle Boys Group I with a time of 01:53.54. He beat Neel Roy of SFI who won both the 50m and 100 m Freestyle events and was the favourite to win the competition. Neel clocked 01:54.72 which incidentally was a better meet record. Sanjay C. J. Won bronze with a time of 01:56.13
Bhavya Sachdeva representing Delhi reaffirmed her status as a champion distance swimmer by winning her third gold in the 1500 m Freestyle Girls Group II adding to her golds in the 400m and the 800 m Freestyle. Bhavya won the gold with a time of 18:28.20. She was followed by Aanya Wala of SFI who swum a well paced race to win silver with a time of 18:38.42 while B Shakti of Tamil Nadu won bronze with a time of 19:11.06
Shoan Ganguly swum out of his skin to upset the applecart and win the 200 m Freestyle Boys Group II event with a time of 01:.59.01 edging past Veer Khatkar of Haryana who trains at the SAI Glenmark TIDM programme at Delhi and the winner and national record holder of the 100 and 50 m Freestyle events. Veer clocked 01:59.39. while Akashdeep Singh of Punjab won bronze with a time of 02:01.59
Saloni Dalal of Karnataka retained the 200m Breaststroke Girls Group I beating a spirited challenge from her stalemate Harshita Jayaram and Giant killer Sharon Shaju of SFI who won the 50 m and 100 m breaststroke Events. Saloni won gold with a time of 02:48.72 while Harshita Jayaram and Sharon Saju clocked 02:49.19 and 02:49.27 to win silver and bronze respectively.
Hitaishi V of Karnataka won a hard fought race with her compatriot Shriya Iswar Prasad in the 100 m Breaststroke Girls Group III. Hitaishi clocked 01:22.13 to win gold while Shriya won silver with a time of 01:22.63. Zahra Sakharwala who trains at the GAF centre in Mumbai won her first medal in the Nationals for SFI winning bronze with a time of 01:26.64
Theerdhu Samdev of Andhra Pradesh won his second gold of the meet by winning the 50 m backstroke Boys Group IV comfortably with a time of 00:34.50. Sanskar Bhuyan of Assam won the silver with a time of 00:36.25 in a dead heat finish with Tanay Suresh of Karnataka who clocked 00:36.28
Sanvi Kumawat of Rajasthan beat top seed and 50 m butterfly winner Manavi Varma of Karnataka to win the 50 m backstroke Girls Group III with a time of 00:36.96 Manavi clocked 00:37.74 to win silver while Kopal Rai of Madhya Pradesh won bronze with a time of 00:38.11
Suvana Baskar completed her individual events by winning her 4th gold in the 50 m Backstroke Girls Group I with a time of 00:31.28 narrowly beating Tanisha Malviya of Delhi who clocked 00:31.66. Shrungi Bandekar won another medal for Goa by winning bronze with a time of 00:31.87 swimming in the outer lane 1.
Nina Venkatesh of Karnataka returned to the pool in 20 minutes of winning the 50 m butterfly in record time to win the 50 m backstroke Girls Group II with a time of 00:31.83. Nina showed no signs of fatigue as she led from start to finish to beat Sanaa Mathew for Kerala who clocked 00:32.58 to win silver and SFI’s
Palak Dhami who claimed bronze with a time of 00:33.01
Tanish George Mathew of Karnataka created an upset by winning the gold in the 200 m Butterfly Boys Group I with a time of 02:06.73 beating top seed Param Padam Birthare of Madhya Pradesh who won silver with a time of 02:09.45 while Sanjay C J won his second bronze medal of the day finishing third with a time of 02:11.12
The last race of the day saw Khushi Dinesh win her fourth gold winning the gruelling 800 m Freestyle Girls Group I. She has made a strong pitch for being the best swimmer in the girls Group I category after winning gold medals in the 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, and 1500 m Freestyle events. Khushi won clocking a time of 09:25.67. Bhavika Dugar of Tamil Nadu