With a time of 16 minutes 56.19 seconds, Bharti of Maharshi Dayanand University won the silver medal, while Poonam Sonune of Savitribai Phule University Pune won the gold medal with a time of 17 minutes 41.75 seconds.
Nikita Raut is a Mahila Mahavidyalaya Nagpur student. Significantly, at the All India University Athletics Championships this year, international sprinter Nikita had to settle for sixth place in the 5000 metres. She made a tremendous return in the Khelo India event, though, and won the gold medal by overcoming her Maharshi Dayan competitor. University was won by Hrithika Araikar by 1.78 seconds.
In the women’s karate category, Nagpur University team compris ing of Rajshri Mahurle, Payal Kodwate and the third place.
Deepanshu, representing Nagpur University, also bagged a silver medal in the men’s 125 kg freestyle event.