Guwahati, Jan 21:
Chandigarh and Haryana bagged the gold medals in the U-17 boys and U-17 girls hockey competitions of the Khelo India Youth Games 2020 here on Monday.
Chandigarh defeated Uttar Pradesh 2-0 in a penalty shootout after the scores were locked at 2-2 after regulation time.
Haryana were involved in a nervy encounter where they conceded an equalizer with just one second remaining on the clock, but still ended up winning the following penalty shootout 2-1 after the scores were tied at 2-2 at full-time.
The hockey U-17 boys final saw Chandigarh twice come from behind to beat Uttar Pradesh. The two goals for Uttar Pradesh were scored by Arun Sahani in the 6th and 43rd minutes, but Chandigarh’s Deepak Kumar (17′) and Sumit (50′) scored to make it 2-2, and take the tie into the penalty shootout where their goalkeeper Bikramjit Singh was the star, as he made four consecutive saves to win the gold for his team.
Chandigarh, who had finished second in Pool A with two wins and a loss, had defeated Punjab 3-1 in the semi-finals before winning the final match on Monday.
Their coach Gurminder Singh appreciated his team’s performances.
“I am really happy with the way our team played. We executed our plans brilliantly today because we had lost 2-8 to them in our Pool A match,” Gurminder said.