The female sports persons are equally talented and deserve cheers and appreciation just like male sports persons. The sportswomen are excelling in their respective fields and bringing laurels for the nation. The 16-year-old Ananya Garikipati won two medals , one Gold, one silver medal and three special prizes during the two-week long competitions in Moscow in the third and fourth week of May. With these achievements of Ananya and efforts helped her in raising the Indian flag in Moscow. Thus, Ananya become the first Indian rhythmic gymnast to win these medals in Moscow.
In the Junior Star Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship she won the all round gold medal and special prize. Ananya won the all-round silver medal and Miss Championship title in the Salut Cup. She also won the special prizes for excellent routines and brilliant apparatus handling from the organisers and sponsors at the world’s best rhythmic gymnastics of Irina Viner Usmanova in Moscow. It is the only special prize given in the entire tournament for being brave to compete against world’s best rhythmic gymnasts.
“The best thing about our trip is that Ananya turned 16 during one of the tournaments. Initially, she was not happy about competing on her birthday but it turned out to be the sweetest 16th birthday. To receive a special prize on her birthday made it the most memorable,’ said her mother Dr Padmaja, as per reports of TOI.
“The training is extremely hard but fruitful at the end. She is really blessed to be trained by an extremely humble Olympic champion,” her mother said.
Ananya is a Grade XI student of Ganges Valley School and when she is in Moscow she is trained by 2008 Olympic champion Anna Gavrilenko.
Padmaja further added that “Ananya was praised for her artistry (beauty and elegance in her routines). The impressed Olympic champion had asked Ananya who made her routines. Ananya said she did them on her own as she didn’t have a rhythmic coach in India. This took the Russian by surprised as the gymnasts take the help of their coaches and choreographers to compose the routines. I am thrilled to bits as Ananya has such a creative streak in her”.