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Aeka Chatra betters National and two meet records


Mumbai : Aeka Chatra, the wonder girl from Mumbai’s Otters Club, produced stupendous performance while setting one national and two meet records in the girls group III of the Maharashtra State age group aquatic meet organized by the jointly by Maharashtra State Amateur Aquatic Association and  Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatic Association  at Goregaon Sports Club on Sunday.

5B3-WINAeka set the pool on fire as she outpaced her rivals to break Tamil Nadu’s Sherlyn Meghna’s 2010 record of 31.78 secs by clocking 31.69 secs.

This was followed by her record-breaking golds in the 1000m as well as 50m backstroke events. .in the 100m backstroke, she bettered Trisha Karkhanis’ 2012 timing of 01:16.15 secs by clocking 01:15.51 secs and in the 50m backstroke, she timed 35.11 secs in the process she also pipped Vedika Amin, who too, has a national record to her credit on the opening day.

Overall Aeka finished with four golds with one national and two meet records and a gold in 100m Butterfly in 1:12.00 secs.

Pune’s Yuga Birnale after her  record-breaking efforts in the girls group I (15-17 years) 200m individual medley, added another by winning gold in the 200m Back Stroke in 02:30.66 secs. In the medley events, she had timed 2:33.83 secs to better her own last year’s timing of 02:37.95 secs.

Another girl to share the day’s honor was Aarti Patil, one of the twin Patil sisters. Aarti topped in 200m Breast Stroke by pipping her sister Jyoti with a new timing of 02.47. 69 secs.

Armaan, who had broken two records on the opening day, was again in his element as he swept the field to win record-breaking gold in the boys group III  200m individual medley with a timing of 02:34.88 secs.

In the boys group II, Aaryan Bhosale won his second record-breaking gold in the 50m back stroke as he shared the day’s honors’ with Yuga and Armaan. While Siddharth Sanke won the 50m Breast Stroke in the group II category for his second record-breaking efforts, having earlier won 100m Breast Stroke on the first day.