The day started with Siva Sridhar setting a new KIUG record.

Hosts Jain University soared to the top of the medal table, courtesy four golds in swimming at the Khelo India University Games 2021 here today. The swimming events also saw five new KIUG records, the coup de grace supplied by Jain University’s Srihari Nataraj late in the day.    

Nataraj, won gold in the 50m freestyle in a time of 23.23 seconds, breaking Mihir Ambre’s record (23.78) from the previous edition in style. This was also his fastest time in an individual race in the event. Nataraj’s win added gloss to a dominant performance from the hosts in the pool. 

At the end of day 2, 17 universities had already won a gold and as many as 41 had marked their presence on the medal table. 

The action started in the pool. With 10 medals up for grabs in swimming, the first went to Savitribai Phule Pune University’s Shubham Dhaygude in the Men’s 400m freestyle. Soon though it was time for the hosts to shine and make a dent on the medal table. They did just that. 

First up was Siva Sridhar who won not just gold, but also in the process set a new KIUG record time of 2:05.43 in the 200m Individual Medley. Sridhar would repeat this win-record double in the 100m backstroke later in the day. 

The hosts swimming team are expected to win a bulk of medals at the games. Sridhar acknowledged the pressure but also said that it was an opportunity for swimmers to ‘give back’ to an institution that has supported them heavily. “The University backs us tremendously by providing scholarships , so the onus is on us now to do well,” he said.

In the day’s final event in the pool Shivaji University’s Rujuta Khade broke yet another KIUG record in the women’s 50m freestyle, with a time of 27.38. She broke Sadhvi Dhuri’s mark from Bhubaneshwar by nearly six tenths of a second. Shivaji University sit in second place on the medal table with three golds, one silver and one bronze. 

Punjabi University, the overall winners at the KIUG 2020, won their first gold at this edition, via Ishneet Aulakh in the women’s 25m individual pistol. Aulakh and her team were beaten to silver in the team event by their state rivals Panjab University.    

Following Komal Kohar’s win yesterday, Maharshi Dayanand University logged another gold in women’s weightlifting — Sneha winning the 59kg class. Krishna University’s Juturi Koteswara Rao registered Krishna University’s first ever gold at the games in the women’s 73kg class. Rao had won silver in the women’s 67kg at the last edition.

Earlier in the day, Bharathiar University scored a massive upset in the women’s volleyball semi finals, toppling SRM University (bronze medallist in the All India Inter University Championships 2021) 3-0. Bharathiar will face state rivals SRM University in the finals tomorrow. The latter are the defending All India Inter University Championships 2021. 

There will be 22 medals up for grabs on Day 3 of the games, swimming, weightlifting and volleyball among those offering them.


SWIMMING (all finals)


50m Freestyle: 1. Srihari Nataraj (Jain University) 23.23 (New KIUG Record; Old: 23.78, Mihir Ambre, Bhubaneshwar, 2020); 2. Vikkas Prabhakar (SRM University) 23.83; 3. Heer Shah (University of Mumbai) 23.92.

400m Freestyle: 1. Shubham Dhaygude (Savitribai Phule Pune University) 4:17.67; 2. Abhilash Challagani (Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University) 4:19.86; 3. Mathews Koshy (MS Ramaiah University) 4:19.96.

200m Individual Medley: 1. Siva Sridhar (Jain University) 2:05.43 (New KIUG Record; Old: 2:13.66, Thirumaran Sethumanickam, Bhubaneshwar, 2020); 2. Benedicton Rohit (Anna University) 2:12.33; 3. Siddhant Sejwal (Punjab University) 2:14.70.

100m Backstroke: 1. Siva Sridhar (Jain University) 57.38 seconds (New KIUG record; Old: 58.69, Siddhanth Sejwal, Bhubaneshwar, 2020); 2. Siddhanth Sejwal (Punjab University) 59.12; 3. Benedicton Rohit (Anna University) 1:00.77.

200m Breaststroke: 1. Danush Sekhar (Anna University) 2:20.17 (New KIUG Record. Old: 2:23.41, SP Likhit, Bhubaneshwar, 2020); 2. Hemraj Patel (Silver Oak University) 2:28.88; 3. Kritayush Singh (Adamas University) 2:28.95.


50m Freestyle: 1. Rujuta Khade (Shivaji University) 27.38 (New KIUG record; Old: 28.00, Sadhvi Dhuri, Bhubaneshwar, 2020); 2. Sadhvi Dhuri (Savitribai Phule Pune University) 28.28; 3. Khushnaaz Soni (Christ University) 28.81.

400m Freestyle: 1. V Varsha (University of Madras) 4:59.63; 2. V Preetha (Bangalore University) 5:03.22; 3. R Nirmala (University of Kerala) 5:13.52.

4x200m Freestyle relay: 1. University of Madras (V Varsha, Priyanga Pugazharasu, Madhumita Sriram, Sivateja Rz) 9:53.66; 2. Jadhavpur University 9:54.18; 3. Jain University 10:11.88.

100m Backstroke: 1. Shrungi Bandekar (Jain University) 1:07.50 (New KIUG Record. Old: 1:10.42, Damini Gowda, Bhubaneshwar, 2020); 2. Pratyasa Ray (Utkal University) 1:09.72; 3. Damini Gowda (Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences) 1:11.01.

200m Breaststroke: 1. Jyoti Patil (University of Mumbai) 2:46.54; 2. Aarti Patil (University of Mumbai) 2:47.05; 3. Kalyani Saxena (Veer Narmada South Gujarat University) 2;49.24.



59kg class: 1. Sneha (Maharshi Dayanand University) Snatch 73kg, Clean and jerk 96kg, 169kg; Moti Jain (KIIT) 74kg, 94kg, 168kg; Sonali Yadu (Hemchand Yadav Vishwavidhyalaya) 75kg, 92kg, 167kg.

71kg class: 1. Srashti (Ch Charan Singh University) 85kg, 106kg, 191kg; 2. Poornasri Yoganantham (Vellore Institute of Technology) 83kg, 104kg, 187kg; 3. Trupti Mane (Savitribai Phule Pune University) 81kg, 95kg, 176kg.


73kg class: 1. Juturi Koteswara Rao (Krishna University) 124kg, 154kg, 278kg; 2. Kiran Ravindrabhai Marathe (Kavayitri Bahinabai Chaudhari North Maharashtra University) 123kg, 154kg, 277kg; Valluri Narasimha Naidu (Andhra University) 121kg, 154kg, 275kg.

81kg class: 1. Varun Ragala (Acharya Nagarjuna University) 127kg, 150kg, 277kg; 2. D Ganesh (Osmania University) 120kg, 155kg, 275kg; Ganesh Baykar (Savitribai Phule Pune University) 114kg, 161kg, 275kg. 


Women 25m Air Rifle Individual (Final): Ishneet Aulakh (Punjabi University) bt Varsha Singh (Delhi University); Bronze: Arshdeep Kaur (Punjabi University).

Women’s 25m Air Rifle Team: 1. Punjab University (Ariha Aggarwal 562, Gauri Sheoran 553, Surbhi Rao 536) 1651 points; 2. Punjabi University 1646; 3. Saurashtra University 1634.


Men’s team (Quarterfinals) 

Punjabi University bt Devi Ahilya 3-0 (Maisnam Meiraba Luwang bt Rishab Rathod 21-8, 21-10; Ayush Raj Gupta bt Aditya Chouhan 21-17, 19-21, 21-14; Kapil Chaudhary and Ayush Raj Gupta bt Aaryaman Goyal and Aniket Pardeshi 21-12, 21-18)

Jain University bt Maharshi Dayanand University 3-2 (Shamanth Kidiyoor lost to Gautam Arora 9-21, 21-13, 16-21; M Rohit and V Suhas bt Raman Kumar and Anshul Budhwar 21-18, 21-16; Raghu Mariswamy and Sai Pratheek bt Ravi and Pankaj 21-9, 21-12; M Rohith lost to Bharat Raghav 5-21, 13-21; Raghu Mariswamy bt Ravi 8-21, 21-7, 21-12)

SRM University bt Dibrugarh University 3-0 (S Sanjeevi Rithvik bt Angshuman Gogoi 21-11, 21-7; Hari Arunesh bt Lucas Borah 21-9, 21-5; K Mauryan and Arjun Krishnan bt Abhinab Gogoi and Angshuman Gogoi 21-8, 21-19)

Women’s team (Quarterfinals)

Madhurai Kamaraj bt Panjab University 2-0 (Akshaya Arumugam bt Garima Singh 21-17, 21-17; Arul Bala Radhakrishnan bt Sri Varshini Viswanath 21-11, 21-13). 

SRM University bt Barkatullah University 2-0 (Kavipriya bt Anisha Wase 21-9, 21-11; Thanushree Ramesh and Nila Valluvan bt Priyanka Pant and Anisha Wase 21-10, 21-17)


Group A

Osmania University beat Punjabi University 2-1 (Ganta Reddy bt Yogee Panwar 6-3, 6-3); Suhith Lanka bt Harjasleen Singh 6-3, 6-4); Lathupalli Reddy and Shashank Tiwari lost to Navneet Chahal and Harjasleen Singh 5-7, 3-6)

Barkatullah University bt Jadavpur University 3-0 (Udit Yadav bt Shivam Kumar 6-0, 6-1; Pratyaksh Soni bt Abhiraj Sen 6-3, 7-5; Gaurang Mishra and Udit Yadav bt Shivam Kumar and Abhiraj Sen 3-6, 6-0, 10-7)


Women semifinals: SRM University bt Adamas University 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-15); Bharathiar University bt MG University 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-20)

Men semifinals: SRM University bt MG University 3-2 (22-25, 25-16, 23-25, 27-25, 15-9); 



Group A: MG University bt GNDU 96-79; 

Group B: University of Madras bt University of Mumbai 100-54


Group A: Jain University bt Kurukshetra University 67-73

Group B: University of Madra bt University Of Mumbai 100-54



Pool A: Bangalore University 6 (S Harsha 5′, B Yathish Kumar 13′, 49′, BN Chelsea Medappa 19′, 37′, ND Chiranth Somanna 58′) bt Lovely Professional University 1 (Lovepreet Jainth 42′); Savitribai Phule University 3 (Rohan Patil 37′, 51′, Taleb Shah 43′) bt Punjabi University 2 (Harmeet Singh 34′, 35′)

Pool B: Sambalpur University 3 (Nabin Kujur 39′, 42′, 52′) drew with Bangalore City University 3 (Pranam YM 29′, 57′, 58′); Guru Nanak Dev University 4 (Rajinder Singh 44′, 59′, Surdarshan Singh 29′, Ranjot Singh 42′) bt VBS Purvanchal University 1 (Suraj Shahi 23′)


Pool A: Ranchi University 3 (Pramila Soreng 23′, Betan Dungdung 33′, Albela Rani Toppo 35′) bt Savitribai Phule University 2 (Pooja Shendage 14′, 42′)


Men’s team:

Group A: Osmania University bt Punjabi University 2-0 (Ganta Reddy bt Yogee Panwar 6-3, 6-3; Suhith Lanka bt Harjasleen Singh 6-3, 6-4); 

Jadavpur University bt Barkatullah University 2-0 (Udit Yadav bt Shivam Kumar 6-0, 6-1; Pratyaksh Soni bt Abhiraj Sen 6-3, 7-5)

Group B: Gujarat University bt Jain University 3-0 (Mohit Bondre bt Udit Pathak 6-0, 6-0; Bhatt Rudra bt G Sai 6-0, 6-0; Mohit Bondre and Aman B Patel bt G Sai and Udit Pathak 6-0, 6-0)

Yesterday’s results



Group B: Kurukshetra University bt SRM University 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 26-24)


Men’s team: 

Savitribai Phule Pune University bt University of Calicut 3-1 (Arya Nitin Bhivpathaki bt NP Udith 21-9, 21-19; Rishabh Sanjay Deshpande bt Govind Krishna 21-18, 21-16; Tejas Yogesh Deo and Rishabh Sanjay Deshpande lost to Navaneeth Remesh and Aravind V Suresh 16-21, 13-21; Adheep Yigesh Gupta bt SD Aadithyan 21-15, 21-14).



67kg class: 1. Tejas Jondhale (Shivaji University) 121kg, 145kg, 266kg; 2. Mahesh Asawale (Savitribai Phule Pune University) 123kg, 141kg, 264kg; 3. S Logeswaran (Thiruvallavur University) 121kg, 143kg, 264kg.

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