Hashika Ramachandra and Sajan Prakash win ‘Best Athlete’ awards at 36th National Games

New Delhi [India]: Gold-minting swimmers Sajan Prakash (Kerala) and Hashika Ramachandra (Karnataka) were crowned the Best Male Athlete and Best Female Athlete in the 36th National Games on Wednesday.
As per a news release from the Ministry of Young People Matters and Sports, 29-year-old Sajan Prakash won 8 medals – 5 specific gold, two silver and also a bronze – to pip Srihari Nataraj who likewise claimed eight medals in all, with 6 gold including two in relays. It is the second straight time that India’s most seasoned swimmer has gotten the desirable prize after his success in the 2015 National Games in Kerala. Hashika Ramachandra, simply 14 years old, won 6 gold in her collection of 7 medals on National Games launching. She came to be the initial Karnataka athlete in 23 years to bag this desirable prize. Nisha Millet was the last victor from Karnataka, having brushed up medals in the 1999 National Games in Imphal.
Hashika Ramachandra claimed she was uncertain if she would certainly obtain the Best Women Athlete Award up until she got a telephone call yesterday. “I am delighted that I have been named for the respected honor.”
“This will motivate me to improve and also provide even more piece de resistances. There might be a little bit stress on me from currently, yet I have to do what I need to do,” she said.
Sajan was part of one of one of the most thrilling 800m Freestyle races in India, where he asserted bronze ahead of more youthful swimmers like Anesh S Gowda and also Vedaant Madhavan. He was beautiful in his praise of the Florida-based swimmers Advait Page (Madhya Pradesh) and Aryan Nehra (Gujarat) and also felt happy to be in the mix till the final couple of metres.
“I was happy to compete in the National Games in Gujarat. It was an unexpected but welcome growth that the Games was announced and also the most significant showing off satisfy in the country was held. I give thanks to every person that has actually worked to put the Games together at such short notification,” he claimed, having previously questioned if the National Games would happen.
Greater than his collection of 8 medals in the National Games 2022, Sajan Prakash has established examples to the future generation of swimmers he came face to face with at the Sardar Patel Aquatics Complex in Rajkot. He strolled the talk by being gracious, win or lose.
“I have actually listened to that young athletes like Aneesh Gowda have actually spoken well concerning me. I am grateful for any favorable effect I have been able to make on the young swimmers. Being kind and gracious must come to be the standard and also I intend to set a good example to change points about,” Sajan Prakash claimed, offering a radiant picture of gamesmanship.
The Kerala Policeman’s dedication to his sporting activity and a desire ahead across as the best ambassador for the sport that has offered him everything appeared. And, he did a good clenched fist of that, though he has actually had to taste loss at the hands of younger swimmers Aneesh Gowda (200m Freestyle) as well as Advait Web Page (400m Medley, 800m as well as 1500m Freestyle).

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