Our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI: Assam finished at 7th place with 76 medals in the 3rd Khelo India Games which concluded in the city today. It was the best-ever performance by Assam in the history of the Games.
On the last day, Assam collected 12 medals including a gold, to take their final tally to 76 which included 20 gold, 22 silver, and 34 bronze medals. The lone gold medal came in the boxing which was collected by Ankushita Boro in the girl’s U-21 category. Anubhuti Barua and Priyanka Barua collected silver medals in the swimming and boxing disciplines respectively while the U-21 boy’s football team finished second losing to Punjab in the final 0-2. Among the 8 bronze medals, one came in swimming (Reinita Gogoi in 200mt breaststroke in U-21 girls) and remaining all in boxing.
Utilizing home conditions, Assam came out with flying colors in the Games this time. There were 20 disciplines in the third edition of the Games and Assam bagged medals in 12 of them. Lawn bowl, swimming, weightlifting and boxing are the disciplines where the home State dominated and collected most of the medals. In terms of overall best performance, lawn bowl will rank one with 10 medals including seven gold. There were ten medal events in lawn bowl and the host team won medals in all categories.
Swimming came in second spot with 14 medals which included five gold, three silver and six bronze. Weightlifting at third spot with 8 medals (3 are gold). On the other hand, in boxing, the State collected 19 medals with a single gold.
In individual performance, Shivangi Sarma was the star among the all participating athletes. The Assam swimmer bagged seven medals from the pool and five of them are gold.