First Gold of Jammu And Kashmir: Muskan Rana halts Maharashtra sweep at KIYG.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Muskan Rana made a significant impact at the sixth Khelo India Youth Games in Tamil Nadu by breaking Maharashtra’s dominance in rhythmic gymnastics. Competing in the individual clubs category at the SDAT Aquatic Complex, Rana secured the gold medal, marking Jammu and Kashmir’s first gold at the Games. She scored a total of 24.05 points, outshining Maharashtra’s Parina Madanpotra (22.95) and Haryana’s Life Adlakha (22.80), who claimed the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

The 15-year-old gymnast, a trainee at the Gymnastic Centre of J&K Sports Council, had previously earned silver medals in Rhythmic All-round and Individual Ball categories, along with a bronze in Individual Hoop.

Maharashtra’s Sanyukta Kale, the All-Round gold winner, continued her success by securing gold in Ball and Ribbon categories. Her state-mate Kimaya Karle added to Maharashtra’s gold tally with a win in the Hoop category, propelling Maharashtra to the top of the medals table.

In Yogasana, Maharashtra’s Pranav Sahu and Yash Lagad claimed gold in the Boys Artistic Pair event, while Aryan Kharat and Tanmay Mhalaskar secured silver. Tamil Nadu’s B Monisha Mahendran and S Kabilan won bronze.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu added a seventh gold as Dhanyadha J.P won the Girls Individual Pursuit in cycling. Rajasthan secured their first gold through Kheta Ram Chinga in the boy’s Individual Pursuit. In shooting at Guru Nanak College, Haryana’s Samrat Rana and Suruchi clinched the 10m Air Pistol mixed doubles gold by defeating Rajasthan’s Prachi and Yogesh Kumar 16-6.

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