Astha and Maana delight with new brands


Olympian Maana Patel and local favorite Astha Choudhury grabbed the spotlight as they set new meet records on the penultimate day of the National Aquatic Championships at the Dr. Zakir Hussain Aquatic Complex here on Friday.

Maana, whose best score is 29.30, clocked 29.79 to better her 2016 record by 0.10 seconds and win the women’s 50m backstroke title.

Astha clocked 1:03.07 to claim the 100m butterfly crown and leave behind the 2009 record of 1:03.24 set by Arhatha Meghavi.

Astha, 18, who had her best (1:02.71) in 2021, took the lead in the final 20 meters before claiming gold.

“I switched to side breathing about a year ago and it helped me. I expected to break a record here,” Astha said.

Maana posted a convincing victory to clinch her third gold medal. “I’m glad my plan is going well. I was aiming for the record in the heats. Then I rested well and felt much better during the final,” said Maana, who is preparing to compete in the National Games.

The results:

Men: 100m freestyle: 1. Vishal Grewal (Del) 51.59, 2. Pavan Gupta (RSPB) 52.12, 3. Sambhavv R. (Kar) 52.23; 800m freestyle: 1. Aneesh Gowda (Kar) 8:23.17, 2. Anurag Singh (UP) 8:37.75, 3. Sushrut Kapse (RSPB) 8:42.53; 100m butterfly: 1. Harsh Saroha (Har) 55.17, 2. Bikram Changmai (Asm) 55.35, 3. Sambhavv R. (Kar) 55.69; 50m backstroke: 1. Vinayak V. (SSCB) 26.20, 2. Xavier Michael D’Souza (SSCB) 26.92, 3. Tanmay Das (RSPB) 26.93.

Women: 200m freestyle: 1. Dhinidhi Desinghu (Kar) 2:09.29, 2. Shivangi Sarma (Asm) 2:09.50, 3. Rutuja S. (Kar) 2:10.52; 100m butterfly: 1. Astha Choudhury (Asm) 1:03.07 (RMN, former Arhatha Meghavi, 1:03.24, 2009), 2. Tanishi Gupta (Kar) 1:03.66, 3. Divya Satija (Har) 1:04.11; 50m backstroke: 1. Maana Patel (Guj) 29.79 (RMN, old Maana, 29.89, 2016), 2. Sagnika Roy (Ben) 31.50, 3. Pratishtha Dangi (Mah) 31.60; 4x200m freestyle relay: 1. Karnataka 8:59.70, 2. Maharashtra 9:06.94, 3. Tamil Nadu 9:21.06; Mixed free 4x50m relay: 1. RSPB 1:42.20, 2. Maharashtra 1:42.22, 3. Gujarat 1:43.08.

Diving: Women: 1. Hrutika Shriram (RSPB) 159.10, 2. Palak Sharma (MP) 136.25, 3. Esha Waghmode (Mah) 134.95.

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