Coming soon Aryan Nehra opened Gujarat’s medal tally in swimming on Monday in Rajkot, while more National Records fell in weightlifting and athletics at the 36th National Games.
Coming soon On Monday, Aryan Nehra opened Gujarat’s medal tally in swimming in Rajkot, even as more National Records fell. Aryan Nehra, who is competing in his first senior event in India, finished second in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle with a time of 16:03.14. Advait Page (15:54.79) of Madhya Pradesh won gold, while Aneesh Gowda (16:05.94) of Karnataka took bronze in Weightlifting and Athletics at the 36th National Games.
To prepare for the National Games, the 18-year-old skipped the Senior Nationals in Guwahati last month.
He preferred to go to his training base in Florida immediately after the World Junior Championships in Peru, rather than making two long trips to India.
It proved to be the right decision as he could iron out a few flaws.
“I had an eye-opening moment in Lima, making me realise that there was still a lot of work to be done. I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I was able to figure out what I needed to do to get to where I want to be,” Aryan Nehra said, explaining his reason for staying back to train in Florida.
On Tuesday, he made another smart call, sitting out the 200m Butterfly Heats to focus on the long-distance final. Gujarat can hope for some more medals from him and Maana Patel over the next couple of day.
There was some good news for Gujarat from Ahmedabad too.
The men’s doubles team of Dhruv Hirpara and Madhwin Kamat defeated Tamil Nadu’s Manish Suresh K and Bharat Nishok K 3-6, 6-3 (10-6) to advance to the finals, where they will face Karantaka’s Prajwal Dev and Adil Kalyanpur.