Madhya Pradesh retain title

Madhya Pradesh retain title

Services James Boy Singh sparkles on concluding day with fifth gold

Services’ O James Boy Singh (left) powers to victory in the men’s C-1 200  metre race of the National kayaking and canoeing championships on Sunday. DH PHOTO

Madhya Pradesh tallied 255 points to be crowned champions for second straight time. MP won 34 gold, 24 silver, 10 bronze medals while hosts Karnataka finished the championship with five gold, one silver and five bronze.

Services could have challenged the dominance of the holders but with only male competitiors in their team they couldn’t muster enough points. But helped by James, Services won the men’s team championship for the 20th time on the trot, starting from 1992 in Delhi.

James collected his fifth gold by winning the men’s Canoe-1 200-metre (C-1) final, timing 42.42 seconds. James, who had won four gold medals in each of the five previous nationals, won the C-1 and C-4 1000M, C-1, C-4 500M and C-1 200M yellow metals here.

On the final day, Twisha K Prasad bagged the Sub-junior girls’ Kayak-1 (K-1) 200M gold, clocking 50.25 seconds, easily beating her rival Anusha from Kerala. The Karnataka kayaker thus ended the championship with five titles — women’s K-1 1000M and 5000M, Junior girls K-1 500M, Sub-junior K-1 500M — which also helped her to win the outstanding female athlete award.

Karnataka pair of Shriya and Shruti timed 1:03.47 to pocket the Sub-junior girls K-2 200-metre bronze.

Results: Kayaking (200M):  Men: K-1: Madhya Pradesh (A Ching Ching) 39.45 seconds, 1; P Prasad (SSCB) 40.06, 2; A Gyanjit Singh (Manipur) 42.05, 3.

K-2: SSCB (DVS Negi, Bhupender Singh Pundir) 35.05 seconds, 1; MP (Satpal Tomar, Ramkrishna Mishra) 36.11, 2; Kerala (N Manglem Singh, G Morris) 36.58, 3.

K-4: SSCB (BS Pundir, Sohan Singh, Prajith VK, DVS Negi) 31.80 seconds, 1; MP (Satpal Tomar, Ram Krishna Mishra, Kuldeep S Keer, A Ching Ching) 32.27, 2; AP (Shiju Thomas, Ratheesh R Nair, M Saravanan, Abhijith M Das) 33.29, 3.

Sub-junior boys: K-1: P Naoba Singh (MP) 41.82 seconds, 1. K-2: MP (Kiran, Naova) 40.03, 1. K-4: UP (Dipanshu Sahu, Shubham Pandey, Mukesh Kumar, Jitendra Kumar) 37.96 seconds, 1.

Women: K-1: Ragina Kiro (Andaman & Nicobar) 46.00 seconds, 1; A Nanao Devi (MP) 46.35, 2; Silpamol S (Kerala) 49.92, 3.

K-2: MP (A Nanao Devi, N Lanjenganbi Chanu) 44.01 seconds, 1; Andaman & Nicobar (Rajino Kiro, Sandhya Kispotta) 45.70, 2; Kerala (Sheebamol, Shyalu Prakash) 48.20, 3.
K-4: MP (Soniya Rana, Sheema Dung Dung, N L Chanu, Bidhya Rani Devi) 39.35 seconds, 1; Kerala (Shilpamol, Simmimol, Justymol, Shayalu Prakash) 39.82, 2; Andaman & Nicobar (Sandhya Kispotta, Mamta Tirkey, Anima Hawlader, Neelam M Minj) 45.97, 3.
Sub-junior girls: K-1: Twisha K Prasad (Karnataka) 50:25 seconds, 1; Anusha (Kerala) 52.63, 2; P J Sonia (MP) 52.87, 3.

K-2: MP (Sushila Chanu, M Jeena Devi) 52.91 seconds, 1; Kerala (Anju Ajimon, Jincy Sunny) 59.73, 2; Karnataka (Shriya, Shruti) 1:03.47, 3. 

K-4: MP (M Inaocha Devi, S Sushila Chanu, Sushila Devi, M Jeena Devi) 47.47 seconds, 1.
Canoeing (200M): 

Men: C-1: O James Boy Singh (SSCB) 42:42 seconds, 1; Adil Muhiuddin (Indian Police) 43.16, 2; Ajit Kumar Shah (Uttaranchal) 43.71, 3.

C-2: AP (Saw Lobo, M Sanjith Singh) 39.51 seconds, 1; MP (Nafish Quereshi, Ankit Pauchori) 40.07, 2; Johnson Meitei (SSCB) 40.48, 3.

C-4: SSCB (Johnson Meiti, W Amutombi Singh, Doulat Chand, Lokesh) 33.51 seconds, 1; AP (Sanjith Singh, Saw Lobo, Somarjit Singh, Naveen S Rao) 34.47, 2; MP (Ashish Bhatyachatee, Ankit Pachouri, Dhanajit Singh, Nafeesh Qureshi) 34.88, 3.

Sub-junior boys: C-1: Arjun Singh (MP) 45.56 seconds, 1.
C-2: Kerala (Vishnu, Binu) 41.65 seconds, 1.
C-4: MP (T Ravi Singh, Taibanganba Meitei, Kapil Kumar, H Nganba Meitei) 40.10 seconds, 1.
Women: C-1: Betty Joseph (Kerala) 1:00.74, 1; Kirti Kevat (MP) 1:04.95, 2; Taruna Nishad (UP) 1:15.16, 3.
C-2: Kerala (Vincymol, Betty Joseph) 55.76 seconds, 1; UP (Taruna Nishad, Komal Nishad) 59.50, 2; MP (Kirti Kevat, Namita) 1:14.07, 3.
Special awards:
Overall champions: Madhya Pradesh (255 points). Team championships: Men: SSCB (89 pts). Women: MP (54 pts). Junior boys: Uttaranchal (60 pts). Junior girls: MP (14 pts). Sub-junior boys: MP (54 pts). Sub-junior girls: MP (21 pts).
Outstanding female athlete: Twisha K Prasad (Karnataka). Outstanding male athlete: Satpal Tomar (MP).

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