Pune’s Avantika Narale is India’s fastest schoolgirl
Avantika, from Lonkar High School, bagged 100m girls’ goldpune Updated: Feb 06, 2018 15:26 IST
The fastest school-girl in India is from Pune; at least as far as the Khelo India School Games go. While Delhi’s Nisar Ahmad won the boys 100 metres run in 10.76 seconds, Avantika Narale of Pune claimed gold in the girls competition.
Avantika, from Lonkar High School, Pune, bagged gold at the first Khelo India School Games, completing the sprint in 12.36 seconds. Avantika spoke highly of her coach and her supportive family and dedicated the medal to them.
A few years ago Avantika could be seen making the sprints at school, but kabaddi was her first love. After seeing her speed, her physical trainer, Shivaji Mehta, urged her to pursue athletics. By the time she reached Class 8, athletics was her top priority.
She then began to train under Sanjay Patankar and there was a marked upturn in her performance.
Avantika claimed third position in the 100m (12.47 seconds) at the 63rd National School Games in Bhopal last year. Winning the gold medal in the Khelo India School Games has now given her the satisfaction of achieving her goal of making her father proud. Avantika’s ultimate aim is to win an Olympic gold.
For Santosh Narale, his daughter’s performance is a moment to cherish. “I am proud of my daughter. She is the best,” he said. He further added that he was expecting gold because she worked very hard for these games.
The dad says he is planning a special treat for Avantika for her gold medal-winning performance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
First Published: Feb 06, 2018 15:26 IST