India’s Got Talent famed gymnast Mohd. Rafey Khan won the Bronze Medal at the floor-exercise event of the 1st Junior Artistic Gymnastics Asian Cup. The inaugural event at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia saw junior males between 15 and 17 years, and junior females between 13 and 15 years participate from different Asian countries.
The competition, held for the first time to give the juniors more exposure, was organised by the Mongolian Gymnastics Federation from June 12-13.
Kazakhstan tallied 220.600 points followed by Chinese Taipei (218.750), Mongolia (211.900), Singapore (200.600) and India (196.500) respectively.
In the WAG category, Chinese Taipei, who fielded Tzu Hsing Huang, Yi Chen Lin, Yu Ting Wang and Ya Hsin Wang, tallied 134.450 points for the gold followed by Singapore (133.60) and Mongolia (115.500).
In the MAG All-Around finals, Oleg Chubenko of Kazakhstan accumulated 74.650 points to win the gold. Chinese Taipei’s Yen Chang Huang (73.500) and Chia Lung Chuang (72.900) settled for silver and bronze respectively.
Tzu Hsing Huang was adjudged the best WAG gymnast in the All-Around finals with 48.350 points. Emma Yap (SGP) tallied 46.100 points for the silver while Yi Chen Lin, also of Chinese Taipei, finished third (44.000).
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In an exclusive interview with The Bridge, Rafey said “I was selected through Khelo India Youth Games, where I was crowned the champion in artistic gymnastics. This opened the gateway for me to the Junior Asian Cup, which was my first international outing.”
Rafey praises his coaches and his family members for his achievements. He adds, “I was a bit nervous going into my maiden international journey. However, my coaches, Ankit Tripathi and Raja Babu, along with my family immensely motivated me to do well. The Kazakhstan and the Chinese Taipei teams were pretty strong contenders, and winning a medal alongside them has lifted my confidence. I just gave my best”
Rafey’s feat comes nine years after Ashish Kumar first won an Asian medal as an Indian male artistic gymnast.
Rafey had already created a name for himself while participating in the Season eight of India’s Got Talent, where he impressed the judges with his prolific gymnastic skills.