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Das, Bardhan share top honours

Calcutta: Samir Das of Midnapore and South 24 Parganas’ Gairik Bardhan were tied for the individual champions award among men in the state aquatic championship, which concluded at Vidyasagar pool complex on Sunday.

While Samir won five events, all with new state record timings, Gairik matched him gold-wise, but finished one short of five records.

Hooghly’s Chaitali Ghosh, who won three golds, was adjudged the best among women. South 24 Parganas and Calcutta earned the team champions’ laurels in men’s and women’s categories, respectively.

On Sunday, Samir Das bettered state records in three events. In 100 backstroke, he timed 1:05.08, bettering Surajit Ganguly’s 1995 record of 1:05.14 while he eclipsed Pankaj Das’ six-year old 200m freestyle record (2:08.68), bettering it by 0.19 seconds. He completed the third record in 50m freestyle, clocking 0:25.44, erasing Sounak Naskar’s 2000 record at 0:26.01.

Gairik, on the other hand, bettered his own records, also in three events. In 200m breatstroke, he timed 2:31.65, bettering last year’s time of 2:34.15, in 50m breaststroke, he eclipsed this year’s 0:31.07 and in 200 individual medley, he erased last year’s 2:21.51 timing.

In waterpolo, Calcutta A beat Hooghly 15-4 to the title.

RESULTS (Winners only)

MEN: 1500 freestyle — Souvik Das (18:35.46); 400 IM — Gairik Bardhan (5:07.81); 200 butterfly — Souvik Das (2:21.60); 800 freestyle — Souvik Das (9:36.74, SR); 100 butterfly — Sumanta Nath (1:02.76); 1500 backstroke freestyle — Sandip Das (2:28.25); 100 freestyle — Samir Das (57.02, SR); 100 breaststroke — Gairik Bardhan (1:09.54, SR); 50 backstroke — Samir Das (29.26, SR); 400 freestyle — Trishanu Dey Kirty (4:35.64); 100 backstroke — Samir Das (1:05.08, SR); 200 breaststroke — Gairik Bardhan (2:31.65, SR); 50 butterfly — Sumanta Nath (28.00); 200 IM — Gairik Bardhan (2:20.90, SR); 200 freestyle — Samir Das (2:08.49, SR); 50 breatstroke — Gairik Bardhan (0:31.06, SR); 50 freestyle — Samir Das (0:25.44, SR).

WOMEN: 800 freestyle — Chaitali Ghosh (10:51.79); 100 backstroke — Mita Mallick (1:18.34); 200 breaststroke — Esha Chakraborty (3:05.20); 100 butterfly — Jhuma Naskar (1:13.55); 200 freestyle — Chaitali Ghosh (2:30.57); 1500 freestyle — Chaitali Ghosh (21:01.21); 100 breaststroke — Sayani Pal (1:27.84); 100 freestyle — Tagari Baidya (1:08.49); 200 butterfly — Swantana Patra (2:40.20); 400 IM — Rashmi Sharma (6:07.29); 200 IM — Ankana Sil (2:44.34); 50 butterfly — Tagari Baidya (33.23); 50 breaststroke — Sayani Pal (39.32); 50 backstroke — Mita Mallick (35.63); 50 freestyle — Tagari Baidya (30.58).

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