Super Aaron steals thunder

State swimmer clinches three gold; Pooja claims 100 butterfly

The Karnataka swimmer also swam the final leg of the 4x200M freestyle relay to help his team go under the meet mark at the Sawai Mansingh swimming pool.

Forced to swim three races on the day due to rescheduling of events caused by heavy rains on Wednesday, Aaron first bagged the 400M freestyle title in the morning, clocking four minutes 07.11 seconds. Aaron’s State-mate Gagan took silver in 4:08.65.

Soon after, Rehan Poncha, Gagan, Rohit and Aaron created new meet record time of 8:02.56 in the freestyle relay. The quartet sent into oblivion Karnataka’s mark of 8:03.25 set in 2007. Aaron continued his good form in the evening 200 freestyle final too. The 19-year-old Bio-technology student of Adarsh Engineering College cruised home in 1:53.84 seconds to clinch the gold. Pooja R Alva won the day’s fourth gold for Karnataka when she powered home for the 100M butterfly crown.

Two more meet records were also bettered on Thursday. Sandeep Sejwal touched home in 29.11 to lower his own 50M breaststroke mark by 0.26 seconds.  The RSPB swimmer, in the process, again went below the Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 29.19. Sandeep had qualified for this event at the Federation Cup in Delhi last month.

M B Balakrishan bettered own meet record in the 50 backstroke. Richa Mishra was twice beaten by Surabhi Tipre in the 200 and 400 freestyle events to cause major upsets. In the water polo event, riding on a four-goal effort from Malvika Gubbi, Karnataka eves drew with Maharashtra 4-4.

Results: Men: 200M freestyle: Aaron D’Souza (Kar) 1:53.84 seconds, 1; Mandar A Divase (Police) 1:57.61, 2; Rohit R Havaldar (Kar) 1:58.53, 3.

400M freestyle: Aaron D’Souza (Kar) 4:07.11, 1; Gagan A P (Kar) 4:08.65, 2; Mander A Divase (Police) 4:09.36, 3.

50M backstroke: M B Balakrishnan (TN) 27.46. New meet record (Old: 27.56, M B Balakrishnan, TN, 2009), 1; Arjun Muralidharan (Police) 28.02, 2; Praveen Tokas (RSPB) 28.30, 3.

50M breaststroke: Sandeep Sejwal (RSPB) 29.11. NMR (Old: 29.37, Sandeep Sejwal, Delhi, 2009) 1; Puneet Rana (Har) 29.93, 2; Arjun J P (RSPB) 30.14, 3.

100M butterfly: Veerdhawal Khade (Mah) 55.62, 1; Arjun Muralidharan (Police) 57.74, 2; Tarun Tokas (RSPB) 57.83, 3.

4x200M freestyle relay: Karnataka (Rehan Poncha, Gagan A P, Rohit R Havaldar, Aaron D’Souza) 8:02.56. NMR (Old: 8:03.25, Karnataka, 2007) 1; RSPB (Praveen Tokas, Mohan, SSP Nair, K Mani) 8:23.01, 2; Maharashtra (Saurabh S, Ajey M, Apurva Sharma, Veerdhawal Khade) 8:33.78, 3.

Women: 200M freestyle: Surabhi Tipre (Mah) 2:08.76, 1; Talasha Prabhu (Goa) 2:09.69, 2; Arti Ghorpade (Mah) 2;10.11, 3.

400M freestyle: Surabhi Tipre (Mah) 4:30.24, 1; Richa Mishra (Police) 4:40.15, 2; Pratima Kollali (Kar) 4:47.40, 3.

50M backstroke: Jyotsna Pansare (Mah) 31.43, 1; Fariha Zaman (Kar) 31.52, 2; Kavya Bhandekar (Mah) 32.44, 3.

50M breaststroke: Priyanka Priydarshini (Dli) 36.09, 1; Mankiran Kaur (Pun) 36.32, 2; Poorva Shetye (Mah) 36.39, 3.

100M butterfly: Pooja R Alva (Kar) 1:03.88, 1; Shubha C (Kar) 1:05.51, 2; Rujuta Bhatt (Mah) 1:06.47, 3.

4x200M freestyle relay: Maharashtra (Aditi D, Kanchi Desai, Arti G, Surabhi Tipre) 9:11.52, 1; Karnataka (Sneha T, Pratima Kollali, Pooja R Alva, Shubha C) 9:40.40, 2; Tamil Nadu (A Gulnaz, Sherlyn, Raghavi, Anusha) 9:44.23, 3.

Water polo: Men: Kerala: 9 (G Sarath 4, R Rajesh 2, Juvesh Kumar 2, V Anil Kumar 1) bt Karnataka: 2 (Sreelal S S 1, Nandlal A K 1); RSPB bt Police 10-4; Maharashtra bt SSCB 13-9; Bengal bt Manipur 7-3.

Women: Karnataka: 4 (Malvika Gubbi 3, Yashaswini G 1) drew Maharashtra: 4 (Sayali G 2, Radhika T 1, Shubhangi 1); Kerala bt Police 9-3; Bengal bt Manipur 3-1.

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