Nagpur Dist team, comprising 3 Indian gymnasts, loses gold by 0.10 points
NAGPUR: Members of the bronze medallist Indian women's team - city's Ayushi Ghodeswar, Prachi Parakhi and Mrunmayi Walde - received a blow on Sunday. The India's medal-winning trio in last year's FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup missed the gold medal by a whisker in the 26th Acrobatic Gymnastics State Championship at Amravati.
The agile team, that became the first-ever gymnasts from Nagpur to participate in the World Cup at Azerbaijan in November 2018, paid the price for improper execution while representing Nagpur district.
They had to settle for the silver medal in the senior women's trio category of the event on Sunday.
In one of the elements, they needed to achieve a certain height (above forehead), which they failed to obtain and finished second. The difference between the winners and the runners-up was just 0.10 points.
In the junior trio event, the team of Alfiya Khan, Arya Dixit and Lisa Jagwani did well to pocket the bronze medal. Both the teams are trained by gymnastic coach Mukesh Ghyar and Purshottam Darwankar at Divisional Sports Complex.
Ghyar was stunned by the result but had a reason to smile as the team's entry in the national meet was confirmed. "Top-two finishers in state tournament automatically qualify for nationals. Though the girls pocketed silver medal, they have ensured entry into the nationals to be held later this year. The girls have time to improve on their skills before they eye the top spot in forthcoming national tournament," said Ghyar.
The performance by Ayushi, Prachi and Mrunmayi has significantlly changed the way gymnastics is being pursued by kids in the city, especially at Divisional Sports Complex, where a billboard at the entrance boasted of the girls' historic feat.
"After the girls travelled abroad for the World Cup, more parents started inquiring and pursuing acrobatic gymnastics than before at the complex. Regular gymnasts also became more serious as they were inspired by these girls," Ghyar said.