Kerala added four more gold medals on Wednesday afternoon, one each in cycling and fencing and two in athletics to catch up with 3rd placed Maharashtra with a total of 27 gold medals at the end of day 11. The hosts are now just 3 gold behind Haryana.
National Games mascot Ammu, the Great Hornbill, has found a space in the Limca Book of Records.
The mascot’s entry has been made in Limca Book’s 2015 Special Literature Edition, for its play, Kalikkunna Kuttikalkkayi Bharatham Kathirikkunnu (India waits for Children who Play), featuring Ammu and which was enacted in 414 schools across the State.
It was gold no 22 for Kerala on Wednesday morning as T.P Anjitha maintained Kerala's good show in cycling by winning the individual pursuit elite women 3 kilometre category at the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education in Trivandrum.
Anjitha (4:22:213) bagged the yellow metal ahead of Manipur's R.K.Abe Devi (silver, 4:23:023) and Rutuja Satpute of Maharashtra (4:23:630).
Kozhikode once again displayed its love for sports like Football and Volleyball in no uncertain terms. After 25000 turned up for the football final that did not even involve the home team, the crowds that are seen at the Volleyball stadium can unnerve even veterans from other States who may be playing in Kerala for the first time.
Even as Kerala’s tally of gold reached 21 on the back of one each in badminton and cycling, it was Madhya Pradesh who climbed the medals table the furthest through a flurry of wins in Canoeing and Kayaking.
MP are now in the top 5 with 18 gold, ahead of Punjab’s 15. SSCB have almost unassailable lead with 55 gold, spread across 16 different sports disciplines. Haryana and Maharashtra have 28 and 27 respectively, with the latter taking the honours of being the first to hit a century in total number of medals.
Kerala men retained the gold, while the State's women's team had to settle for silver in the badminton competition at the Regional Sports Centre in Kochi on Tuesday.
Kerala prevailed over Haryana 3-2 in a pulsating men's final when Arun Vishnu and Alwin Francis pulled off a thrilling 17-21, 21-11, 21-17 win over Akshit Mahajan and Ketan Chahal in the deciding doubles, just as they did in the semifinal against Uttar Pradesh.
Mizoram continued their unbeaten run and won the National Games men's football gold beating Punjab 1-0 in the final at Kozhikode last night in front of more than 25,000 fans. It was 11 months ago that Mizoram had written their first fairytale when they lifted the Santosh Trophy at Siliguri.