granite Nayak’s bronze-medal winning feat on the Asian Championship has fuelled her Olympic dreams and the Indian gymnast says she can now appearance to place up an excellent display on the World Championship to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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The 24-yr-old Indian clinched the bronze in vault event with a score of thirteen.384 on the Senior Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia closing week.

It becomes an end result of years of tough work for Pranati, who had certified for the finals of Asian Games closing year only to finish 8th in the vault occasion.

“I was qualifying inside the finals but I was no longer capable of win any medal. So it offers me plenty of happiness to clinch this medal after such close to misses,” Pranati advised PTI in an interview.

“In the very least, I didn’t move for the 720 vaults which I had finished at Asian Games, I did Tsukahara 360. The woman who becomes at 0.33 position had much less difficulty degree than me. I gave my first-rate and it got me a better score than her and I won the medal.”

Pranati said she will be able to now awareness on her education to be within the excellent shape for the World Championship — which is also an Olympic qualifier — in Stuttgart, Germany from October 4 to 13.

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A correct overall performance can give Pranati her ticket to the Tokyo Olympics despite the fact that the road ahead may be a tough one.

Qualification for the Olympics is both on the premise of a cut-off factor at the World Championships or combination of ratings completed over the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series but Pranati has not participated in any of the World Cups so far.

“All the World Cups are over now, I couldn’t go for them, sometimes teams have been additionally no longer sent. So now the ultimate chance is World Championship, this is the handiest manner to qualify for Olympics and I will have to come up with a score of forty nine-50 in overall from all 4 equipment,” said Pranati, who scored forty-five .350 inside the girls’ team very last in Mongolia.

“I will concentrate in the vault. I do higher in the vault then different apparatus. If I get 11.50 in different equipment, I get more than thirteen in the vault. So I will try better trouble rating of around 5.Four and additionally try the Tsukahara 540 and Tsukahara 720 for the duration of my education,” she said.

Former SAI train Minara Begum, who has trained Pranati due to the fact her formative years days, recounts how she took an 8-yr-vintage woman under her wings in 2003.

“When she was eight years old, she had come to me in Kolkata. She, to begin with, started staying at Salt Lake Stadium but it was difficult managing the whole thing, so I arranged for her stay on the SAI hostel for a yr. I requested plenty of humans and they helped,” remembers Minara, who retired from SAI in February.

Slowly, results commenced showing as Pranati won a medal in sub-junior level in floor exercise in 2004. Four years later, she were given a fourth role in vault and fifth in balance beam on the Children Asia in Yakutia, Russia.

“Her overall performance in the 2008 occasion helped her cause and considering that then she has been staying on the hostel in Kolkata,” Minara introduced.

Pranati, presently an Indian Railways employee, additionally participated on the 2014 Incheon Asian Games wherein she made the all-around finals. In 2017 Asian Championship in Bangkok, she finished fourth in vault and fifth in stability beam.

But it changed into the eighth-vicinity finish at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games and the 6th location on the Melbourne World Cup which gave her confidence that she will perform at the sector level.

Minara, who additionally traveled with Pranati to Mongolia, now wants her ward to cognizance on the World Championship.

“This medal is a big raise. The camp for World Championship will now begin and so she will be able to look to position up some desirable rating and qualify for Olympics. She is right in vault however may also have to focus on the opposite three apparatus. She will have to target a score of fifty to qualify.”

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