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September 09, 2022 07:29 pm | Updated 07:29 pm IST - GUWAHATI:

 Astha Choudhury acknowledges her record in the women’s 100m butterfly at the 75 Senior National Aquatic championships in Guwahati on Friday

Astha Choudhury acknowledges her record in the women’s 100m butterfly at the 75 Senior National Aquatic championships in Guwahati on Friday | Photo Credit: RITU RAJ KONWAR

Maana Patel on her way to a new meet record in the 50m backstroke at the 75 Senior National Aquatic championships in Guwahati on Friday.

Maana Patel on her way to a new meet record in the 50m backstroke at the 75 Senior National Aquatic championships in Guwahati on Friday. | Photo Credit: RITU RAJ KONWAR

Olympian Maana Patel and local favourite Astha Choudhury hogged the limelight by setting 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 mark is 29.30, timed 29.79 to better her 2016 record by 0.10 second and win the women’s 50m backstroke title.

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

The 18-year-old Astha, who achieved her best (1:02.71) in 2021, got into the lead in the last 20m before claiming gold.

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

Maana posted a convincing victory to get her third gold. “I am happy that my plan is coming off well. I was aiming at the record in the heats. Then I rested properly and felt a lot better during the final,” said Maana, 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 (NMR, previous 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 (NMR, previous 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; 4x50m mixed freestyle 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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