Krishna Kumar of Khanna adjudged best gymnast

March 19, 2020, Ludhiana

GymnasticsAll-India Inter-Universities Gymnastics Championship

Krishna Kumar (19) of Khanna in Ludhiana district stole limelight as he was adjudged the best gymnast in the All-India Inter-Universities Gymnastics Championship, which concluded on the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) campus ground, Amritsar on March 16.

Krishna, a trainee of senior gymnastics coach and District Sports Officer (retd) Bhupinder Singh for the past 10 years, has carved a niche for himself by securing medals at different-level competitions.

A student of BA-II at Khalsa College, Amritsar, Krishna Kumar stamped his superiority by emerging the best gymnast in this championship wherein a large number of participants from the universities from across the country vied for top honours.

Krishna, son of Ram Raj, a labourer at an industrial unit at Khanna, cornered glory, making his parents and coach happy. He secured six medals, including three gold, to fetch the ‘best gymnast’ award.

Krishna proved too good for his opponents in this championship at Amritsar to clinch gold medals in the parallel bars event, besides team championship and all-round best. He finished as runner-up in floor exercise and the vault table events to annex silver medals in addition to a bronze medal in horizontal bars event.

Prior to this, Krishna Kumar notched up two gold medals in the GNDU Inter-College Gymnastics Tournament as he was named the best gymnast, besides winning top honours in team event.

In the Senior Punjab State Gymnastics Championship, held last month, Krishna Kumar lived up to his reputation of being one of the most talented and promising gymnast, winning gold medal in parallel bars; bronze medals in table vault and team event.

Two years ago, Krishna Kumar won silver medal in the parallel bars event in the National School Games, held at Kolkata.

Coach Bhupinder Singh who has trained many gymnasts who have excelled at the national and international-level tournaments, vouches for Krishna Kumar. “He has all the ingredients of turning into an international gymnast. Corporate houses should extend helping hand towards this poor and needy player so that he can showcase his abilities and bring fame to the nation,” urged Singh.

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