Pranati Nayak, who had guaranteed a bronze in vault at the Asian imaginative gymnastic titles in 2019, is set to contend at the Tokyo Olympics in the wake of qualifying through the mainland amount.
The 26-year-old from West Bengal, the second hold behind Sri Lanka’s Elpitiya Badalge Dona Milka Geh for the Asian standard, got qualified to contend from the zone following the retraction of the senior Asian titles, booked to be held from May 29 in Hangzhou (China), because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pranati Nayak Said
“I was exceptionally disillusioned when I was unable to accomplish the passing score during the 2019 World Championship and with the pandemic dropping all occasions, I never envisioned that I will actually want to understand this fantasy about going to the Olympics,” said Pranati.
Pranati is hanging tight for an authority correspondence from the Asian or world body. Whenever affirmed, she will continues in the strides of Dipa Karmakar, the principal Indian ladies’ athlete to contend in the Olympics at Rio 2016.
Pranati’s long-time coach Minara Begum, who retired from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in 2019, was also extremely pleased to see her ward achieve the qualification. “She retained her ranking points that she had achieved after competing at the Asian event in Mongolia and the world championship in Germany and got the Asian quota after the China event was cancelled,” Begum said .
“I am extremely delighted for her,” she added. After grabbing a bronze at Ulaanbaatar, Pranati had hoped to qualify for the Olympics by producing a good show at the 2019 world championships. “I didn’t do well in beam and it affected my score at world championship. I was heart broken,” said Pranati, who is being trained by SAI coach Lakhan Manohar Sharma for the past two years.
Pranati Nayak Scores
She had totalled 45.832 at the world championships after scoring 14.200 in vault, 11.133 in floor exercise, 10.566 in bar and 9.933 in beam.
“I have kept myself fit and kept training during this pandemic even though no events were happening.” Asked if she was under Target Olympics Scheme (TOPS), Pranati said, “I was for a year and a half till the 2018 Asian Games.
Now that I have qualified, I hope I am back in the scheme.” “I want to train hard in the next few months and put up a good show at Olympics,” she signed off.