Thursday, 16 September 2010

Ananya is youngest athlete to represent India in CWG

Pune based swimmer Ananya Panigrahi was named as part of Indian swimming team for Commonwealth Games 2010. She is India's youngest participant in next month's games.

Ananya won the National championship in the 100m and 200m backstroke in Jaipur recently and her selection was more of a formality. According to the SAI coach Tapan Kumar, her timing of 2:28.29 in the 200m backstroke was the best by an Indian swimmer in last six years.

"The officials of Indian swimming federation and Maharashtra swimming association got in touch with us and confirmed her selection in the Indian team," her father-cum-coach Tapankumar told TOI on Tuesday. "It was her 14th birthday on Sept 15. The news could not have come at a more appropriate time."

She had won the National Sub-junior title in Kolkata (2008), National junior in Jaipur (2009) besides being the runner-up in the senior section the same year. Her best timing in the 100m backstroke is around 1:10.

"She was born in Banaras but we are settled in Pune for many years due to my posting here," said her proud father. "She is a student of Vidyanchal School in Aundh." The coach-father claimed that they are on the right path for glory at the 2012 Olympic Games. "Our big goal is that. And we are on course."


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