Hosts finish strongly, add 17 gold medals on final day
Hosts Kerala added 17 gold medals on Friday and cemented their second position in the medals tally with 54 gold medals.
The women's basketball team brought the State its 54th gold medal as they beat Tamil Nadu 56-36 in the title match at Kannur.
Athletics brought in 4 gold medals.
In Thrissur, Kerala boxer Kulvinder won the gold in the men's lightweight category, beating Haryana's Sandeep in the final. Earlier in the day, Kerala's Sandeep Chhikara won gold in men's super heavyweight category, beating Services' Narender in the final.
The Kerala women beat Karnataka in volleyball final 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 25-12 to clinch the gold in Kozhikode in front of a packed stadium. The Kerala men had to settle for silver as they went down to the mighty Tamil Nadu 26-24, 20-25, 23-25, 12-25.
Kerala continued its dominance in the cycling track winning two gold medals. The women's team comprising Kezia Varghese and Mahitha Mohan won the yellow metal in women's sprint team event. It was Mahith’s fourth gold.
There were 2 gold from badminton. Aprana Balan and Arun Vishnu bagged the badminton mixed doubles gold beating Telengana's K. Tarun and Sikki Reddy in the final, while P.C. Thulasi surprised Telengana's Rituparna Das in straight sets to clinch the women's singles gold.
V. Reshma cornered glory in women's 67 kg taekwondo event for Kerala. She defeated Mizoram's Lalrempuii (13-4).
Nithya Kuriakose won the 200m individual race in canoeing to pick up her third gold. The women's team too came up trumps in 200m kayaking