New Delhi: At the Khelo India School Games, Ancy Sojan's star burned bright on the second day with a gold in long jump and a silver in 200m. Sandra Babu with a silver in the long jump and R Sreelekshmi with a bronze in pole vault were also among the medals for the Kerala contingent. With a total of two gold medals, Kerala lie fourth in the meet.
Meanwhile, Karnataka swimmer Srihari Nataraj set the first national record of the Games. Karnataka, who dominated in the pool, currently have the overall lead in the Games. Karnataka bagged six gold medals in swimming events on the day. Of this, Srihari's victory in 100m backstroke came in national record time.
In spite of high expectations, the athletes from Kerala lost out to competitors from other states at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. It was through Sreelekshmi that Kerala picked up their first medal on the second day of competitions. Clearing a height of 2.40m, Sreelekshmi ended behind T Sathya of Tamil Nadu (3.50m) and Reshma Patel of UP (2.80m). Sreelekshmi, a ninth standard student at the Kalladi HSS, Palakkad, had won a bronze medal at the national school athletic meet as well.
While the Kerala boys had a disappointing long jump event, the girls regained some pride. With a leap of 5.80m, Ancy, a 10th standard student of Govt. Fisheries school, Nattika, Thrissur, struck gold. Her teammate, Sandra, gained silver with a jump of 5.68m. Sandra had earlier claimed a silver in the triple jump also.
Tamil Nadu's P Babitha finished third in the long jump with a leap of 5.59m.
Ancy, meanwhile, heard the call for the 200m finals almost immediately after finishing her exertions at the jumping pit. Still, displaying fighting spirit, Ancy managed to win silver with a time of 25.31s. Punjab's Chanveer Kaur took gold in a time of 24.76s while another Malayali athlete, Sandra Theresa Martin, representing Tamil Nadu, took bronze in 25.44s.
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