14 distinct events; a medal haul of 13 Golds, 2 Silvers, and 2 Bronze.
Such was the dominance of the host’s Aquatics contingent at the recently concluded Inter-IIT Aquatics Meet 2011. The stellar performance was lead by none other then KGP’s own Torpedo, Chirag Fialoke who finished first in all his races. KGP missed out on a clean sweep in tragic fashion as Anupam Bhar finished second in the 50m. butterfly event by a miserly 0.130 seconds. Darshan Varier and Shreyas Mahajan too chipped in with vital contributions. While the boys from our campus stamped their dominance, the same couldn’t be said of the girls’ team.
The water-polo event of the Inter-IIT Aquatics Meet 2011 was always going to be a battle fought amongst four teams: last year’s champions Kanpur, home favourites Kharagpur, Bombay-a side you never really discount in any sport, and dark horses Madras.
Kharagpur was pitted with Delhi, Guwahati and Madras while the other group consisted of Bombay, Kanpur and Roorkee. The first day offered no real surprises with Kharagpur thrashing Delhi 18-0, Madras beating Guwahati 17-2, and Kanpur overwhelming Roorkee 6-0. The only close match of the day between Kanpur and Bombay was won 6-5 by Kanpur, a defeat Bombay was to avenge later on in the tournament.
Day 2 again went according to script with Kharagpur scoring comfortable victories over Madras (7-3) and Guwahati (12-2). Bombay’s 11-1 victory over Roorkee ensured no surprises for the day. The semi-final line up hence offered two mouth-watering ties in the form of Kharagpur versus Bombay and Kanpur versus Madras.
The first semi-final between Kanpur and Madras lived up to expectations and was tied 3-3 at one stage before Kanpur managed to score when it mattered to win 4-3. All eyes were on Kharagpur to ensure a repeat of last year’s final with Kanpur but alas-it was not to be. Despite the heroics of Pahun Jain, Bombay overcame Kharagpur 7-5, much to the disappointment of the sizeable crowd present. Bombay then went on to beat Kanpur 6-4 in the final which fittingly was the best match of the tournament. Kharagpur also overcame their previous day’s heartbreak in the bronze medal match against Madras, winning 5-1.
The final points tally and rankings have been compiled here :