He sprinted down the ramp, jumped through the springboard and made a perfect landing. And India's fate was decided.
After bringing the hosts its maiden medal in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games, Ashish Kumar added another medal to the kitty by clinching silver in the vault table category of artistic gymnastics. The 19-year-old scored 15.312 overall to finish second. A day before, Ashish had won bronze in the floor category finals.
Despite the silver and the history that this 19-year-old has made, Ashish seemed a little disappointed, "There is a feeling of missing the gold than notching up the silver. But the fact that I could contribute to India's medals tally beats everything else."
The Indian registered a total of 16.150, the highest score in the first attempt. However, the second attempt saw Ashish falter during somersaulting, thus attracting a penalty of 0.300 points. "My body went a little higher in the air than it was required to," said the gymnast, currently ranked 33 in the world. Fortunately, the landing was well over the mark. Had I fallen short of the mark, it could have resulted in deduction of points."
Vladimir Chertkov, the foreign coach, though was satisfied with his pupil's performance. "A gold here would have been the best but I knew it would be either silver or bronze."
Asked about future plans, Ashish indicated that his next aim would be a medal at the Asian Games, starting Nov 12 in Ghanzhou, China. "After my achievement here, I am all set to replicate it in China."