CHANDIGARH, JAN 8 : Shrutika Joshi of Mahaashtra won the coveted all-around best gymnast crown in the girls under-12 category by securing 45.15 points in the 25th Sub-Junior National Artistic Gymnastic Championship being conducted by the Chandigarh Gymnastic Association at the Shivalik Public School Gymnasium in Mohali today. Shrutika got 12.50 on floor, 12.75 on balancing beam, 10.90 on vaulting table and 9.00 on uneven bars.
Payal Das of West Bengal and Pooja Singh of Uttar Pradesh finished second and third with 44.95 and 43.70 points, respectively
Punjab claimed their first gold through Seetu who completed her exercises with poise and grace to be adjudged winner in vaulting table competition III . The judges awarded the Punjab gymnast 11.25 points for the gold medal.
There was a close contest for the silver medal between Pooja Singh of Uttar Pradesh and Mrunmai Bhogle of Maharashtra. Pooja Singh secured the second position with 10.77 points while Mrunmai finished third with 10.74 points.
Earlier, Pooja Singh had claimed gold on the balancing beam. She faced a tough competition from Payal Das of West Bengal and Khyati Shukla of Uttar Pradesh. In the close race Pooja obtained 12.82 points. Payal and Khyati got 12.65 and 12.42 points for the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
With silver in her kitty, Payal Das went on to emerge champion in the floor exercise. She collected 12.00 points for the top position. Khyati Shukla of UP and Shrutika Joshi of Maharashtra were declared joint runner-up with an identical total of 11.80 points.
Shrutika Joshi of Maharashtra will take home gold medal as she earned 10.38 points in uneven bars competitions. Champa Chakraborty of Tripura got silver with 10.25 points and Mrunmai Bhogle (Maharashtra) earned bronze with 10.13 points.
All-around best gymnasts girls u-12: 1 Shrutika Joshi (Mah) 45.15, 2 Payal Das (WB) 44.95, 3 Pooja Singh (UP) 43.70.
Balancing beam: 1 Pooja Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 12.82, Payal Das (West Bengal) 12.65, 3 Khyati Shukla (UP) 12.42.
Unevan Bars: 1 Shrutika Joshi (Maharashtra) 10.38, 2 Champa Chakraborty (Tripura) 10.25, 3 Mrunmai Bhogle (Maharashtra) 10.13.
Vaulting table: 1 Seetu (Punjab) 11.25, 2 Pooja Singh (UP) 10.77, 3 Mrunmai Bhogle (Maharashtra) 10.74.
Floor: 1 Payal Das (West Bengal) 12.00, 2 Khyati Shukla (Uttar Pradesh) 11.80 and Shrutika Joshi (Maharashtra) 11.80.