Khelo India University Games | Jain University maintains lead, Savitribai Phule University dominates in weightlifting
On Tuesday, hosts Jain University maintained their lead at the top of the Khelo India University Games 2021 medals table, thanks to strong performances by its swimmers. Jain University won four of the ten gold medals available. On that particular day in Bengaluru, eight new records were set.
The highlight of day 4 was Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Shekhawati University's Muskan's semi-final victory over youth world champion Vinka in the 57-60kg division. Despite a late surge by Vinka, Muskan won by a split decision.
Savitribai Phule University reinforced its dominance on the penultimate day of weightlifting, winning two golds to bring its total to seven medals, the highest of any university in the competition. Vaishnav Thakur (96kg class) and Chirag Waghavale (102kg class), both from Savitribai Phule University, achieved new KIUG records in their respective categories.
Volleyball, which made its Olympic debut, has been a hit with the crowds, and the last day of the competition was no exception. SRM University won the inaugural Khelo India University Games women's volleyball championship by defeating Bharathiar University in the final. SRM of Tamil Nadu won the All-India Inter-University Volleyball Championship after being undefeated throughout the season.
SRM University defeated the University of Calicut 3-0 in the men's volleyball final. In 2021, the University of Calicut earned gold in the All-India Inter-University, while SRM came in third.
With two gold medals in the shooting events, Panjab University, the top institution in the previous season, clawed its way back to fourth place in the KIUG medals table. In the women's 10m air rifle team, they took gold. The men's individual trap was won by Arav Singh Dagar.
The University of Mumbai won the women's team event at Mallakhamb, completing a clean sweep. For the first time, an indigenous sport, Mallakhamb, has been included in the games. On Wednesday at the KIUG, there will be up to sixteen medals up for grabs, nine of which will be in the pool. The archery tournament will begin on the same day, as will the badminton men's and women's team competitions.