Touted as the next big thing from Tripura after Dipa Karmakar, gymnast Priyanka Dasgupta has already emerged as the early star of the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2020.
Picking up four gold medals in artistic gymnastics, more than any team in the competition so far, Priyanka though, is not yet a contented soul: she can’t forget the medal that slipped out of her hands in last year’s edition with the slightest of margins.
This fixation finds its root in the advice she received from her idol and the ‘real star of Tripura’ Dipa Karmakar.
“Dipa di told me to stay focused, not to get overawed by what the competition is doing, but to concentrate on my own performances,” Priyanka explained.
“Di told me that the most important muscle in gymnastics is the brain. If you don’t have the strength of will, you cannot win,” she added.
It is this simple trick that prompted her to work on her so-called weak routine, rather than sharpening what she is good at.
Not too surprisingly, the All-Around gold is firmly in her pocket now. She added the Balancing Beam, the Floor Exercises and the Vaulting Table golds too to emerge as the standout performer in the Under-17 girls competition.
“I am thrilled to have done this,” she said, especially after beating Maharashtra’s redoubtable twins, Riddhi and Siddhi Hattekar.
Inputs from IANS