This means the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and HP have clinched more than 50% of the gold medals, with Haryana bagging the lion’s share. Its silver and bronze bonanzas are also the highest in the region, with four silvers and two bronzes under its belt.
Punjab’s Abhinav Bindra had opened the gold account by bagging India’s first gold on the second day. Himachal’s honours rained on Friday and Saturday with army man Subedar Vijay Kumar clinching all three in shooting.
Just before the games, the Jats had been threatening to disrupt the Games for job quota. Now, the whole of Jatland is basking in the dominance of its sons and daughters in the international sports arena.
The boy from Bhainswal Kalan village in Sonepat, Yogeshwer Datt, became the seventh wrestler from Haryana to win gold when he floored his rival in the final match in 60kg freestyle on Saturday.
Earlier, four wrestlers Ravinder Singh (60 kg), Sanjay Kumar (74 kg) and Anil Singh (96 kg), Rajender (55 kg) had bagged gold in Greco-Roman style, while two girls, Geeta and Anita from Babali and Dhani Mahu villages of Bhiwani district won in their respective categories.
The golden show also continued in shooting as after Faridabad girl, Anisha Saied, clinched two gold medals, Karnal boy Harpreet Singh paired with Vijay Kumar (from HP) bagged gold in 25 meter shooting event.
People of Haryana have burst into celebrations following the unprecedented success of their sportspersons. Significantly, most of them are from dusty countryside with humble backgrounds, who made it to the Games with their sheer determination. Now, the prizes and praise is being showered by the same people who had been opposing the Games.
State president of the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti, Hawa Singh Sangwan, told that their organization has decided to honor the sportspersons after conclusion of the Games.
‘‘We’re proud of the achievements of the Jat girls and boys who’ve brought laurels to the country. The samiti will honor them after the Games. A meeting has been called in Ghaziabad on Monday to decide on the prize money and other incentives,’’ said Sangwan.