Jalandhar : A four-day Senior National Artistic Gymnastics (M/W) Championship- 2022 came to a close at the Baldev Raj Mittal Unipolis of the host Lovely Professional University (LPU), today. Here, India’s s top men-women artistic gymnasts got announced in the field of their respective calibre for the gymnastics genre. Punjab Gymnastics Association under the aegis of the Gymnastics Federation of India organized the event.
State and sector-wise Railways was declared as a top team as they won nine medals including 6 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. Haryana was declared in the second position with seven medals, 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. The services team with one gold, three silver and five bronze remained in the third position. In the eleventh position, Punjab team earned only two medals.
Punjab’s Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) IPS MF Farooqui graced the conclusive day as Chief Guest. Congratulating all the medal winners and other participants he invoked all to continue with hard work for bringing glory to the country.
He also emphasized the cooperation among diverse sectors related to sports so that India may have a great tally of medals at the international level by fostering adequate sportsmen-women in the country.Secretary Gymnastic Association of Punjab Kulwinder Singh Theara (Retd SSP) thanked LPU management for providing the best infrastructure for organizing the championship.
In the women’s artistic gymnastics’ all-around overall category, Pranati Das of Railways is declared top with a score of 44.95; Shraddha Talekar of Maharashtra 2nd with 43.60 scores; and, Protistha Samanta of Tripura 3rd with a score of 42.30. In the same overall category for men, Yogeshwar Singh of Haryana; Siddharth Verma of Railways; and, Bhaskar Das of Services have already been ranked first, second and third respectively on the previous day.
Artistic gymnastics judged its athletes individually through six competitive events including floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bars for men. For women, there were four competitions for floor exercise, vault, uneven bars, and balance beam.
The points from each were added up to make up the total points and final standings of the gymnasts.For women’s artistic gymnastics, the team championship was won by West Bengal; Maharashtra got 2nd place; and, the Punjab team declared at third position.
For the four final events of women, toppers are Ritu Dass of West Bengal in Balancing Beam competition; Pranati Das of Railways in both Floor Exercise and Uneven Bars; and, Protistha Samanta of Tripura in Vaulting Table competition.