It was an absolutely abysmal performance from Indian women's entourage at the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. None of the Indian women managed to qualify for the finals of the individual events. Pranati Nayak and Pranati Das finished 127th and 132nd after scoring 45.832 and 45.248 respectively. Aruna Budda Reddy did not register a score in the all-round event.
In the vault event, Nayak, who won a bronze at the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships, scored 14.200 in her first attempt but got a neutral deduction in the second attempt, which ruled her out of the finals, and she finished 27th in the vault qualification. In the uneven bars qualification, Nayak, Das, and Reddy scored 10.566, 9.916 and 8.925 to finish 164th, 182nd, and 193rd respectively.
In balance beam qualification, there was nothing different as Das (10.866), Reddy (10.200) and Nayak (9.933) could only occupy the 138th, 164th, and the 174th spots. In the floor exercise qualification, Das (11.466) and Nayak (11.133) ended up at 151st and 179th positions, with Aruna Reddy not finishing.
Dipa Karmakar did not attend the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. She did not join up with the team as she is still recovering from a long-standing knee injury. All hope isn’t lost for her though with Coach Bisweswar Nandi saying, “Dipa could not have participated in the World Championship in Stuttgart. But as soon as her doctor and physio give us a 100% clearance and the certificate, she will be back in action. I am hopeful about receiving the clearance soon, which will enable her to participate in the next three World Cups, which will be Olympic qualifiers as well.
“Dipa needs to win medals in each of these three events which will only assure her an Olympic berth. It is though very difficult; all hope is not lost. Besides, she will be training even harder for the 2024 Olympics,” said Nandi previously over a telephonic conversation with The Bridge.
The men’s team will be in action later today as Ashish Kumar, Yogeshwar and Aditya Rana will vye for a spot in the finals. To confirm their presence at Tokyo next year they will need to get five points, the odds of which happening are highly unlikely.