Avantika Narale, the daughter of a plumber, has come a great distance. She shot into the limelight as a 15-year-old, when she rewrote Dutee Chand’s 200m junior nationwide document in 2018.
Now, she has set her eyes on the gold medal within the Khelo India Youth Video games in Panchkula, Haryana.
“I’ve been coaching very arduous and am assured of profitable one or two dash gold in Haryana,” she mentioned.
The Pune woman will probably be representing defending champions Maharashtra at KIYG 2021. Avantika shouldn’t be new to the Khelo India platform, although. She missed out on the 100m dash in 2019 Pune, not even beginning as she had one way or the other failed to listen to the beginning gun.
She, nevertheless, greater than made up for the loss by clinching the 200m gold. Avantika’s path to the highest has not been on a mattress of roses. Her mom supported her plumber husband by working as a maid in neighbouring homes.
But, they by no means let something are available in Avantika’s dream of changing into certainly one of India’s greatest hopes. Her father now takes care of her coaching schedule, taking her to the venue (Sanas floor) and again residence every single day.
“I’m pleased with my household. They help me and the remaining at residence in each doable method. I’ve began to reap some fruits, however have an extended strategy to go,” Avantika revealed.
In 2019, Avantika received the Asian Youth Athletics Championship 100m gold medal (11.97 secs) in Hong Kong to point out her mettle on the highest degree. She additionally received the silver within the 200m, ending in 24.20 secs, the identical as her junior nationwide document. She additionally received silver within the medley relay.
A primary-year scholar on the Mamasaheb Mohol Faculty in Kothrud, Pune, kabaddi was Avantika’s old flame. However Sanjay Patankar, an athletics coach, noticed her expertise in dash and has turned her right into a rushing star.
“Khelo India Video games has given many people a brand new lease of life,” Avantika mentioned. She believes that multi-sport occasions like KIYG assist younger expertise to hone their abilities on the proper age.
“Such initiatives assist athletes who need to excel at a younger age however don’t have the cash. Each younger athlete from the nation now yearns to take part within the Khelo India Video games to showcase their expertise. Some athletes have even acquired a scholarship from the federal government, as a part of the Khelo India programme. It’s nice that younger athletes now get skilled and financial help after profitable,” Avantika mentioned, who was simply 15 years outdated when she clocked 24.96s on the 2018 KIYG in Ranchi, bettering the Asian Video games silver medallist Dutee Chand’s 2009 document of 24.98.