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Jaiveer Motwani and Jasnoor Kaur claim fastest swimmer in Khelo India Youth Games

Bhopal, February 11, 2023: Curtains came down on the Khelo India Youth Games 2022 Madhya Pradesh India’s “Youth Olympics”, at the beautiful Upper Lake area of the Madhya Pradesh (M.P)’s state capital. Jaiveer Motwani of Maharashtra and Punjab’s Jasnoor Kaur, claimed the title of the fastest boy and girl swimmers of the games, after winning the Boys and Girls 50m freestyle event on the final day, at the Prakash Tarun Pushkar pool in the city. Maharashtra, with a haul of 56 gold, 55 silver and 50 bronze medals emerged the overall champions, while Haryana (40 golds) and hosts Madhya Pradesh (M.P) with 39 golds were second and third respectively.

The Closing Ceremony was attended among others by the Shri. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Hon. Chief Minister, M.P, Shri. Anurag Singh Thakur, Hon. Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and Smt. Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Hon. Minster for Sports and Youth Welfare, Government of M.P. 

Maharashtra dominate the pool as Jasnoor creates new record

Champions Maharashtra, also dominated proceedings in the Swimming pool. Even on Day 13, they picked up three of the eight gold medals up for grabs, including Jaiveer’s gold and their leading light Apeksha Fernandes, who bagged her fifth gold of the games, with a win in the Girls 50m breaststroke in a time of 33.92 secs. Besides, they also won the Boys 4x100m relay to amass a haul of 26 medals from the pool, including 14 golds. Karnataka were next best with six golds and a haul of 25 medals.

The star of the final day in the pool however was Punjab’s Jasnoor, whose win in the Girls 50m freestyle came with a new national youth and meet record time of 26.92 secs.

The felicitations followed and one by one all key sponsors, including State Bank of India (SBI), Sports for All and Dream Sports were felicitated. The winners followed next and the biggest cheer was reserved for the hosts Madhya Pradesh, who took home the 2nd Runner Up Trophy with a haul of 39 gold, 30 silver and 27 bronze medals. Haryana were awarded the 1st Runner Up Trophy for their haul of 40 gold, 28 silver and 50 bronze medals.

The final and most coveted award went to the champion state Maharashtra with a haul 56 gold, 55 silver and 49 bronze medals, who were then called on stage and presented with the glittering Winners Trophy.

The Ceremony ended with a wonderful choreographed dance performance to the popular Anthem of the games, “Hindustan ka Dil Dhadka do” and photo opportunities of the winners with the dignitaries.



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