Women clinch first two golds on day 1

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Lucknow, Feb 18 (UNI) On the opening day of the sixth Uttar Pradesh State games, women players dominated the proceedings by clinching both the gold medals today.

The first gold was won by wrestler Jayawanti of Gautambuddha Nagar (GB) in 72 Kg category.

The final encounter of the 63 Kg category will be held between Rita (Meerut) and Anita Sharma of GB Nagar, while Anshu Tomar of Meerut will take on Sonali of Varanasi in the final of the 67 Kg category.

In the boys category of the same event, Mayank (Muzaffarnagar), Jagdeep (Lucknow), Ramashankar (Azamgarh) Pramod Kumar (UP Police) and Raj Kumar (Gorakhpur Hostel) won their respective encounters in the 74 Kg category.

The second gold of the day also went to women, when Rekha Rawat of Mordabad beat Kirti Sharma of Kanpur in the 48 Kg category of 48 Kg boxing event.

In girls Kabbadi, Ghazipur beat Lucknow 41-14 and Allahabad beat Sitapur at 52-11.

Earlier in the day, UP Olympic Association president and Steel Minister, Government of India Akhilesh Das inaugurated the games.

In his address, the minister announced a reward of Rs 2,000 and trophy to each winner.

About 3,600 participants and 500 officials are taking part in this seven-day extravaganza.

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