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
Meanwhile, Karnataka's AT Daneshwari also completed
the sprint double, winning the girls under-21 200m in 24.58
She was, however, overshadowed by Maharashtra's
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.