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Khelo: Nithin continues to shine in athletics

57   //    13 Jan 2019, 23:08 IST

Pune, Jan 13 (PTI) Balakumar Nithin catapulted himself among the country's top sprinters, capturing a golden double in the athletics competition in the Khelo India Youth Games.

His under-21 200m gold medal-winning time of 21.57 seconds this afternoon would have fetched him a top-16 rank in India last year, a media release said.

"I had done everything right in practise. And having won the 100m despite a bad start, I was confident that I could complete the double," Nithin was quoted as saying in the release.

Meanwhile, Karnataka's AT Daneshwari also completed the sprint double, winning the girls under-21 200m in 24.58 seconds.

She was, however, overshadowed by Maharashtra's Avantika Narale.

The under-17 runner, who missed out on the 100m final, scripted a run in the 200m final that was faster than Daneshwari's time by a hundredth of a second.

Another performance that raised expectations was a 19.20m shot put effort by Amandeep Singh Dhaliwal (Punjab) in the boys under-17 division