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Twice as nice for 9-year-old Siya Sawant

Nine-year-old Lakshdham High School student wins two gold medals in inter-school athletics meet

Presumably, Siya Sawant has had a good night’s sleep. On Saturday, she spent a sleepless night, thinking about her 100m race in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) inter-school athletics meet.

Siya Sawant (right) of Lakshdham HS finishes ahead of Shreyasi Biswas during the girls under-10 100m final of the inter-school athletics meet at University Pavilion yesterday. PIC/ATUL KAMBLE
Siya Sawant (right) of Lakshdham HS finishes ahead of Shreyasi Biswas during the girls under-10 100m final of the inter-school athletics meet at University Pavilion yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble

To her great relief, the Lakshdham High School (Goregaon) girl emerged triumphant to win the 100m gold at University Pavilion, Marine Lines yesterday.

Saturday was rewarding as well since she won the 50m gold, clocking 7.7s. Prashansa Sarangi (7.8s) was second while Shreyasi Biswas (7.9s) finished third.

Our Lady of Salvation U-16 relay team — Arnold Mendes (left), Samarth Bhogate, coach Samad Pawaskar, Vedant Chavan & Abhishek More  at University Pavilion yesterdayOur Lady of Salvation U-16 relay team — Arnold Mendes (left), Samarth Bhogate, coach Samad Pawaskar, Vedant Chavan & Abhishek More  at University Pavilion yesterday

Yesterday, nine-year-old Siya clocked 14.7s in the 100m sprint and broke the previous record of Karen Mistry from Girton High School (14.8s) set in 2006. Siya finished ahead of Shreyasi (14.9s) and Prashansa (15.2s), both from Lokhandwala Foundation School.

Sleepless night
“I didn’t sleep the whole night since I kept thinking about today’s race. I wanted to win today and I am glad I did,” said Siya, who trains at Prabodhan Thackeray Sports Club (Goregaon) under coach Manisha Gawande. Gawande said that Siya has a great future if she works hard. “Currently, she is the best in her category. Siya has a lot of potential.”

Meanwhile, Our Lady of Salvation (Dadar) boys’ U-16 relay team clocked 46.2s to break the previous record of St Lawrence High School, (Kandivli) 47.4s set in 2000. Abhishek More, Samarth Bhogte, Vedant Chavan and Arnold Mendes were the part of relay team. Our Lady of Salvation also lifted the Senior Boys Championship Trophy.

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