Khelo India Youth Games: Twins delight in gymnastics

Siddhi and Riddhi Hattekar won a silver and bronze respectively in under-17 artistic gymnastics on the opening day and then stood on the podium again for the second consecutive day at the Khelo India Youth Games.

Siddhi Hattekar and sibling Riddhi had an impressive outing at the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune.   -  Nandakumar Marar

Siddhi Hattekar and sibling Riddhi drew attention from the home fans at the gymnastics hall. The twin sisters from Aurangabad won a silver and bronze respectively in under-17 artistic gymnastics on the opening day and then stood on the podium again for the second consecutive day at the Khelo India Youth Games.

The former became the pride of Maharashtra with a gold in u-17 uneven bars while the latter added a second bronze to her collection in u-17 beam. The Hattekar twins were cheered when the routines were in progress, the applause echoed in the hall later when the first three finishers were announced.

The hyper-active girls kept their guardians on their toes at home. Their father Pravinchandra allowed them to explore gymnastics as an outlet for boundless energy at the age of three under Tanuja Gadbe. The teenagers now train with Ramkrishna Lokhande, coach of the Maharashtra women’s artistic gymnastics team.

Siddhi graduated to the international level and made the parents and coach proud by taking part at the Asian junior artistic gymnastics championships in Jakarta.

The twins compete against each other all the time, but it is a friendly fight intended to push each other and they take delight in each other’s success, like they did here.

Currently studying in Sharda Mandir Aurangpura, training takes up more than six hours daily, between studies, but posing and pounding on the mat is still fun, like a game they enjoy and use to express themselves as performers.

Winning medals motivates them, the twins dream of international exposure in a sport with increased popularity after the Rio Olympics.

The results, girls:

U-17, uneven bars: 1. Siddhi Hattekar (Mah) 8.55 points; 2. Mayuri Aeer (Mah) 8.50; 3. Ananya Agarwal (Dli) 8.15; Beam: 1. Protishtha Samanta (Ben) 11.40; 2. Priyanka Das Gupta (Tri) 11.35; 3. Riddhi Hattekar (Mah) 10.45.