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Meet Pranati Nayak, the Only Indian Gymnast Competing in Tokyo Olympics 2021




The Tokyo Olympics 2021 are geared up to kick start tomorrow, July 23rd. The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is set to take place at Tokyo’s newly-built National Stadium. Last year the Olympics were postponed owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are here to talk about Pranati Nayak, the only Indian Gymnast who is going to display her skills in Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Pranti Nayak has participated in a number of International Championships before making her way to the Tokyo Olympics 2021 where she is expected to give her best and win a medal for India.

Pranati Nayak, the Indian Gymnast – All that you need to know

Pranati has earlier been part of the Asian Championship, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Championships, World Championships, as well as the World Cup. And now, all eyes will be towards her as the young gymnast is going to show her talent in the prestigious Olympic games.

Also, she is the second Indian woman gymnast who will be representing India at the Olympic Games. First was Dipa Karmakar who stood at fourth place in the Women’s Vault Gymnastics at Rio Olympics 2016.

Pranati Nayak – When was she born and her Family

Pranati Nayak was born on the 6th of April, 1995 at Jhargram, West Bengal in India. Speaking about her parents, her father Sumanta Nayak used to work as a bus driver until he retired in 2017 whereas her mother Pratima Nayak, is a housewife.

This shows that she didn’t hail from any well-to-do family, however, with her achievements, she is taking her family’s name to greater heights.

Start of the Pranati Nayak Career into Gymnastics

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Pranati took up Gymnastics while she was in school at the age of nine in 2004. She, however, had to go through a lot of hardships owing to her family’s financial condition.

However, the little girl was strongly determined from her early childhood, and today we know where she is!

Pranati got selected in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Eastern Centre in Kolkata when she was just eight years old in 2003. Post that, Pranati shifted to Kolkata at the recommendation of her school coach.

After moving to Kolkata, Pranati got to know more about gymnastics sport. And there she got to meet her future coach Minara Begum. Minara has trained Pranati for 16 years. Not just training on the sport, but Minara also looked after all her expenses. Starting from her education to her stay in Kolkata, it was Minara who took the whole responsibility of Pranati.

Pranati who got well trained under Minara Begum became a great gymnast. Minara trained Pranati until 2019 when she retired. And after that Pranati started her training under Lakhan Manohar Sharma who still continues to train her.

Pranati Nayak became a known name after her victory at the 2013-14 Nationals where she bagged a gold. And then, the 2019 Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships have been the biggest turning point for Pranati Nayak.

Pranati Nayak Achievements as a Gymnast

Pranati Nayak who is going to compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2021 has earlier been a part of a number of national and international championships. Now, the 26-year old Pranati is all set to make her debut at the Olympics.

Pranati Nayak gained much recognition for herself by competing and bagging a number of medals in the National sub-junior championships, National junior championships, National championships, National Games, and Federation Cup. She became one of the successful gymnasts of the country. Owing to her talent and achievements, she even got a job in Indian Railways.

Pranati stood at eighth place in Women’s Vault at the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games.

However, in the 2019 Asian Gymnastics Championships at Mongolia, Pranati won a Bronze in Women’s Vault by standing at third place.

With this achievement, Pranati became the third ever Indian Gymnast who won a vaulting medal in Gymnastics.

Prior to her, it was Dipa Karmakar who bagged a bronze medal in Women’s Vault at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. The second was Aruna Reddy who also won a bronze medal in Women’s Vault at the World Cup Gymnastics held in Melbourne in the year 2018.

In the year 2019, Pranati won a gold medal in individual all-around in the National Championships, Pune. Her contributions include gold in table vault, beam, silver medal in the team, uneven bars, and a bronze medal.

Her other performances include competing at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2014 and 2018. She also competed in the Asian championships in 2017 and 2019. Pranati has also participated in the World Cup in 2018 as well as the World Championships in the years 2014, 2017, and 2019.

Pranati Nayak’s father Srimanta Nayak in an interview with a leading publication said, “We used to see her (Pranati) do all kinds of acrobatics when she used to go to school. In school, she participated in sport-related activities and won. From there, she moved to block, district and then state competitions”.

Pranati’s mother Pratima Devi while sharing her views with the same publication on how important it is to support the girls and give them the freedom needed to fulfill their goals said, “A lot of parents do get their daughters married off at an early age. I think they are wrong. Children, especially daughters, should be supported. All my three daughters are educated. Pranati wanted to pursue sports, hence we supported her.”

Simone Biles (USA), Uchimura Kohei (Japan), Tang Xijing (China), and Angelina Melnikova (Russia) are Pranati’s main rivals.

When is Pranati Nayak’s Olympics Event

On July 25th, Pranati Nayak will be showcasing her talent in the pet event vault at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Her parents are confident enough that their daughter will certainly make the country proud of her.

All eyes of the country will be towards her as she will take the center stage with her performance.

We also wish that the young gymnast Pranati Nayak come out with flying colors by attaining success in her vault event and make us all feel proud of her!

Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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