Ujwal stars with five medals

Ujwal stars with five medals

Bengaluru’s Ujwal C Naidu towered over his opponents to bag as many as five medals, including the individual champion honour in artistic gymnastics, on the fourth day of the State Games here on Monday.

At the Bala Maruthi Gymnasium, Ujwal won gold in vault and rings and finished second in floor exercise and pommel horse. The 17-year-old was adjudged the individual champion in the men’s category with 71.65 points.

The youngster’s fine execution in rings saw him score 12.7 points and edge out Iqbal Maradgi of Dharwad (12) for the top spot. Amrut Mudrabet (11.95), also from Dharwad, finished third.

Despite committing a minor error in landing in both his vaults, Ujwal annexed the gold with 12.375. Amrut scored 11.6 points to bag the silver while Abhiram (11.075) of Bengaluru came third.

Ujwal settled for the runners-up spot in pommel horse and floor exercise, after experiencing a fall in both the events.

Trained by his father at the Sri Nagaraj Gymnastics Academy in Vidyapeetha, Ujwal has been in named in the Indian team for the upcoming Junior Asian Championships. “I could have won gold in all four events but the poor infrastructure here didn’t allow me to give my best. We train with much better facilities and to adjust and perform in these conditions here is tough. Some slight mistakes in my performance also cost me,” he said.

In the women’s section, it was a two-way battle between Bengaluru’s Shreevarshini PS and Sandhya G in majority of the events. The duo, also trainees at Sri Nagaraj Gymnastics Academy, won five medals between them.

Shreevarshini bagged two bronze (floor exercise and uneven bar) and a gold (vault), emerging the individual champion with 26.825 points.

Sandhya, who has competed in the junior and senior national championships, powered to gold in the floor exercise and uneven bar. The 17-year-old logged 32.725 points to finish second to Shreevarshini in the individual champions’ race.

Dharwad (263.30) pipped Bengaluru to be the team champions in the men’s section. Amrut Mudrabet, with four medals on the day, led the charge for hosts. In the women’s section, Bengaluru won the team championship with (148.75) points.

MEG, Vijaya Bank in final
MEG registered a hard-fought 59-51 win over DYES Bengaluru in the semifinals to enter the final of the men’s basketball. In the title clash on Tuesday, they will take on Vijaya Bank, who drubbed Bharath Sports Union 56-30 in the other last-four tie.

In the women’s final, Alva’s will lock horns with Mounts Club.

SAI through
With an all-win record, SAI Southern Centre (Bengaluru) stormed into the men’s semifinal in hockey. For a place in the final, they will play Kodagu, who finished their group stages with two draws and one victory.

Needing just a draw to advance, Hubballi-Dharwad thumped a lacklustre Hassan 4-0 to set up a last-four tie with Rail Wheel Factory (RWF).

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Results: Gymnastics: Men: Floor exercise: Amrut Mudrabet (Dharwad) 13.4, 1; Ujwal Naidu (Bengaluru) 12.8, 2; Sidhardood Kanadgu (Dharwad) 12.8, 3.

Pommel horse: Amrut Mudrabet (Dharwad) 11.25, 1; Ujwal Naidu (Bengaluru) 8.6, 2; Somashekhar Doddamani (Dharwad) 4.5, 3.

Roman rings: Ujwal Naidu (Bengaluru) 12.7, 1; Iqbal Maradgi (Dharwad) 12, 2; Amrut Mudrabet (Dharwad) 11.95, 3.

Table vault: Ujwal Naidu (Bengaluru) 12.7, 1; Iqbal Maradgi (Dharwad) 12, 2; Amrut Mudrabet (Dharwad) 11.95, 3.

Individual championship: Men: Ujwal Naidu (Bengaluru) 71.65, 1; Amrut N Mudrabet (Dharwad), 65.550, 2; Uday C Naidu (Bengaluru) 51.95, 3.

Women: Srivarshinee PS (Bengaluru) 36.825, 1; Sandhya G (Bengaluru) 32.72, 2; Ritika Ganachari (Dharwad) 28.900, 3.

Team championship: Men: Dharwad (263.30), 1; Bengaluru (249.95), 2; Tumkur (137.20), 3.
Women: Bengaluru (148.75), 1; Dharwad (104.75), 2; Mysore (63.70), 3.

Taekwondo: Men: U-69 kg: Shivakumar (Bengaluru Urban), 1; Govind R (Bengaluru Urban), 2.  

U-56 kg: Babulal D (Chikkaballapura), 1; Sujith S (Bengaluru Rural), 2.
U-45 kg: Shivakumar (Bengaluru Rural), 1; Karan U (Ramanagara), 2.
Women: U-70 kg: Shweta T Pawar (Dharwad), 1; Ramsheen (Bengaluru Rural), 2.
U-60 kg: Vaishnavi M (Belagavi), 1; Nischitha M (Ramanagara), 2.
U-50 kg: Shrusti B (Dharwad), 1; Snehal Desai (Chikkaballapura), 2.
U-42 kg: Shreya R (Dharwad), 1; Savitha V (Bengaluru Rural), 2.
Basketball: Semifinals: Men: MEG: 59 (Bernad Shaw 22, Ravichandran 22) bt DYES, Bengaluru: 51 (Karthik Baiju Kumar 20); Vijaya Bank: 56 (Karthik 9, Clinton 9) bt Bharath Union: 30 (Kishan 12). 

Women: Alva’s: 59 (Bhandavya 25) bt Beagles: 55 (Roshini 19); Mounts Club: 59 (Ranjitha 17) bt DYES, Mysuru: 44 (Roshini Rosa John 19). 

Hockey: Men: Pool B: Hubbali-Dharwad: 4 (Vinayak 25th, Shreeshaila 26th, 46th, Anajaneya 51st) bt Hassan: 0.

Women: Bellary: 3 (Tejaswini 5th, 27th, Shruthi P 28th) bt Belagavi: 0; Hassan: 7 (Ranjitha 7th, Sushma 12th, 36th, Chandana 23rd, 42nd, Avinashree 53rd) bt Hubballi-Dharwad: 0.

Football: Pool A: Belagavi: 3 (Ramdas Yadav 50th, 52nd, 65th)  bt Mandya: 0.

Pool B: Dharwad: 3 (Thomas 4th, Vinayak 32nd, Sudeer 75th) bt Chitradurga: 1 (Akram 37th).

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