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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Adilya Tlekenova lived up to her expectations, winning two gold, one silver and two bronze medals in her hometown Astana, Kazakhstan, at the 15th Junior Rhythmic Asian Championships at the Daulet National Tennis Center on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old talented gymnast scooped up her first gold in hoop, pocketing 16,050 points. She was followed by Uzbekistan’s Takhmina Ikromova (15,000) and Japan’s Aino Yamada (14,500).
Her second gold came in the individual all-around event (63,400). Ikromova (61,900) and China’s Zilu Wang (57,250) came second and third respectively.
Tlekenova claimed the silver in apparatus final individuals and won the bronze in ball and club events.
Ikromova, who threw a tough challenge to Tlekenova, ended up with two gold and as many silver medals from the competition, which was held under the aegis of Asian Gymnastics Union.
The Uzbek claimed gold in apparatus final individuals and ball categories while her silver came in hoop and individual all-around event.
Uzbekistan’s Lola Zakirova won the club gold (14,850) while China’s Zilu Wang came second (14,350).
Meanwhile, Japan bagged the apparatus final group honours with 15,650 points. Kazakhstan (14,900) and Uzbekistan (14,850) came second and third respectively.
The Japanese team also added the apparatus final (ropes) where they accumulated 14,900 points followed by Uzbekistan (14,850) and China (14,700).
 
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Sri Lankan-born rhythmic gymnast Anna-Marie Ondaatje, who is based in Canada, wants to compete for her country at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Her father Alistair Ondaatje encouraged his daughter’s passion for dance by putting her into a complex sport at nine.
The rhythmic art is a complex one which combines the elements of ballet, gymnastics and dance and apparatus manipulation. But Anna -Marie enjoys it from the technicalities of the dance, music and training her expression.
“I love the elegance, the expression to the music, the rhythm, everything," said Anna-Marie.
Apparatus manipulation, a robotic term associated with the graceful sport, is exceedingly challenging and adds to the allure of the act. Each performer has to master the use of five apparatuses – the ball, the hoop, the ribbon, the rope and the clubs. Whilst most of us are attempting to juggle a couple of appointments in a day, Anna- Marie relentlessly trains five hours a day, six days a week to master the sport she loves.
“One needs to achieve technicality of the routine and the apparatus artistry," she said.
 
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AGU Media Doha (QAT): Three-year-old Iran’s Arat Hosseini is an amazing talent who does backward somersaults, balancing splits and walkovers with such a consummate ease that even most accomplished of gymnasts would be proud to pull off.
When Hosseini was only nine months, he was able to perform the complicated poses.
The social media is already abuzz with this toddler’s amazing twist and turns. It seems he was born with a talent. While his stunts and flexibility stunned everyone, the world media taking a keen interest on him.
His parents Mohamad and Fatemeh, who live in Babol in Iran’s Mazandaran province, said their son has had no professional training.
Yoga poses such as balancing splits while traditional gymnastic moves like backwards walkovers and somersaults are just some of the things that have caught everybody’s attention.
The wonder boy, who has already amassed more than 18,000 followers on Instagram, practices for just 10 to 20 minutes daily.
“He’s is an extra special person. He’ll become a famous gymnast,” said Mohamad.
 
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AGU Media - Doha (QAT): Kazakhstan’s Sabina Ashirbayeva hogged the limelight by topping the qualifiers in the hoop, all-around and ball categories at the Ninth Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.
In the hoop, she collected 17,500 points followed by compatriot Alina Adilkhanova (17,150) and Japan’s Kaho Minagawa (17,100).
Ashirbayeva, who idolises Yana Kudryavtseva and Yanina Batyrchina, also dominated the all-around topping the chart with 35,650 points followed by Minagawa (34,250) and Alina (33,400).
The 18-year-old then capped it up with a great performance in the ball category, scoring 18,150 ahead of Uzbekistan’s Anastasiya Serdyukova (17,350) and Minagawa (17,150).
However, Japan claimed the first place in the group with 18,100 points followed by South Korea (16,400) and Malaysia 14,400.
 

AGU Media Doha (QAT): Pranati Nayak, who finished fourth at the Asian Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, last month, is tipped to become India’s next promising gymnast after Olympian Dipa Karmakar.
Pranati was introduced to the sport when she was in Class 3 by one of her school coaches. She showed promise even at that young age and which would then take her to Kolkata’s Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex in Salt Lake.
She hails from Medinipur, which is 156km from Kolkata, eastern Indian city. Her parents, who also realised their daughter’s potential, would stay in the city and only returned on the Saturdays so that Nayak gets to train at the SAI Centre.
Their encouragement bored fruit after Pranati’s coach Minara Begum convinced SAI Deputy Director to give the little girl a place in the hostel.
“Soon after Pranati got a hostel room, she came first in the state selection of the Sub Junior Nationals and then won gold in floor at the Chandigarh Nationals,” said Minara to an Indian newspaper.
At 13, Pranati travelled to Yakutia, Russia, for the Children of Asia Games where she qualified for the vault and the floor final.
She wants to compete more in the international competitions.
“I want to win medals at the international stage. The World Championships are coming up, but I’ll have to raise my level. I’m also focused on next year’s Commonwealth Games,” said Pranati.

AGU Media Doha (QAT): The qualification rounds of the 15th Junior Rhythmic Asian Championships were held on Friday, with Adilya Tlekenova stealing the show at the Daulet National Tennis Center in her hometown Astana, Kazakhstan.
In the ball category (individual), she managed 16,000 to top the pool while China’s Zilu Wang (15,050) and Japan’s Aino Yamada (14,900) came second and third respectively.
The 15-year-old repeated his performance in the hoop where he accumulated 16,450. He was followed by compatriot Dayana Abdirbekova (16,350) and Uzbekistan’s Takhmina Ikromova (15,650).
The Kazakh eventually topped the all-around with 32,450 followed by Ikromova (30,550) and Yamada (30,450).
Japan, seeded third, made it to the team finals in the ropes category with 14,200 points followed by China (12,900), South Korea (12,150), Kazakhstan (11,500) and Uzbekistan (11,300).
Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore and Kyrgyzstan are the other participating teams in the junior edition. 
The event is held under the auspices of Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU).
Astana had hosted the event twice in 2009 and 2010 while Changsha, China, had the honour to organise the inaugural edition in 1996.
Yangzhou, China, hosted in 2004 while the competition was twice held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), with Surat (India) and Jecheon (South Korea) were the other venues.
As many as 150 gymnasts from 15 countries are taking part in the event jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Gymnastic Federation of Kazakhstan and Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics of Astana.
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): After the recent success of Saeedreza Keikha, who won the pommel horse silver at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the bronze medal at the Asian Championships in Bangkok, Thailand last month, the Gymnastics Federation of Iran (GFI) has stepped up to promote the sport in the country.
The GFI recently organised its 30th National Festival for kids and juniors in Kerman in southeast of the country which featured around 1000 young athletes.
The GFI Secretary General M E Adhami welcomed the participants at the event which has become very popular over the years.
A part of its sport’s promotion among the children and youth, the GFI hoped to build a talent pool and spread the programme in other provinces also.
Barring Keikha, who demonstrated a new element in the pommel horse exercises, the men’s team also won a bronze medal at the Baku competition.
 
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