|Women's artistic gymnastics
|Physical Stats & More
|in centimeters- 149 cm
in meters- 1.49 m
in feet & inches- 4’ 9”
|in kilograms- 47 kg
in pounds- 103 lbs The Times of India
|Senior International Elite
|She works for Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (Kolkata, India)
|In Asian Championships, she won Bronze medal – third place at Ulaanbaatar in Vault.
|Date of Birth
|6 April 1995 (Thursday)
|Age (as of 2021)
|Jhargam, West Bengal, India
|Pingla, West Bengal, India
|Non-Vegetarian The Times of India
|Dancing and Listening to music
|Relationships & More
|Father- Sumanta Nayak (a bus driver)
Mother- Name Not Known
|Sisters- Jayati and Tapti
Some Lesser Known Facts About Pranati Nayak
- Pranati Nayak is a renowned Indian artistic gymnast. In 2019, she earned a bronze medal in the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships held at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
- Pranati is regarded as India’s third major vaulting medalist in the World Championships after India’s renowned gymnasts, Dipa Karmakar and Aruna Reddy.
- Reportedly, in 2014, Pranati, alongside Dipa, made the All-Around finals (4th on Beam & 5th on vault) at the 2014 Asian Games, and Pranati won her first medal at Children’s Asiad in Russia.
- On winning the World Championship in 2019, Pranati said in an interview that her parents did not have a son, and her father was a bus driver, and she wanted to make her parents’ life easier in the future by earning and winning more medals for India. She explained,
It’s a big day for me because I knew I had it in me to win medals internationally. But everything I do is for my parents. They’ve not had an easy life, and I want to ensure my father gets comfortable. He’s driven a bus for many years and now I want life to be a little easy for him. My parents don’t have a son, but I told them I was enough to take care of them.”
- In the 2020 Summer Olympics, Pranati Nayak from India and Milka Gehani from Sri Lanka received a continental quota spot. This was honoured to them after the cancellation of the 2021 Asian Championships.
- Her personal coach is Minara Begum. Pranati revealed her household situations in an interview. She said,
My parents couldn’t have afforded my sports career, Minara ma’am took care of my stay, food, other expenses to pocket money when I saw that’s what teenagers got.”
- Pranati Nayak is also an Indian Railways employee. She got the job in sports quota after winning the bronze medal at the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships held at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Indian Express
- Pranati’s personal coach Minara Begum said in an interview that Pranati was a very dedicated learner, and she never refused workouts even at the age of 6 or 7. She said,
She never refused a workout and always wanted to practice.”
- Apparently, Nayak took gymnastics officially at the age of nine. Soon after completing her studies, she shifted to Kolkata to officially pursue the sport after Minara Begum’s recommendations.
- Pranati Nayak while practising artistic gymnastics in the video.
- In an interview, Pranati’s father remembered the old days of Pranati’s childhood. He further said that Pranati required a good and healthy diet, but he could afford only a hostel for her when she got selected for the Olympics. He further thanked the state government of West Bengal and the training centre of Kolkata where Pranati was enrolled for practising gymnast. He narrated,
I’ll be honest. After three daughters, I felt a little bad about not having a son. But Pranati showed so much talent that I knew she is going to go further than any male child I might’ve had. I was convinced she was special.”
- In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in India, Pranati spent all of her time and efforts keeping herself in shape and not even for a single day she got out of the training. In an interview, Pranati told about the practice equipment her father made for her at home. She said,
My father would fix a bamboo horizontally across two trees – for me to do the simple swings that were part of her weakest apparatus – the uneven bars.”
She further added about her National coach Lakhan Sharma who was continuously helping her in practising gymnastics amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India. She said,
Somewhere, I think, that hard work paid off. Even now with everything closed, Lakhan sir ensures I get training.”
- In an interview, Pranati said that Dipa Karmakar (who represented India in gymnastics in the 2016 Rio Olympics) was the first one whom she called after getting selected in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Pranati further added that Dipa gave her a lot of tips to perform and asked her to be confident while playing. She said,
I admire her (Dipa). She has achieved a lot for the country. I also want to do the same. My father also gives me the example of Dipa didi and says – ”you will have to go to the Olympics just like Dipa.”
- Reportedly, when Pranati was seven years old, she took up gymnastics as a sport and thought that she was practising Yoga. Soon, this misconception changed and gymnastics gave her a strong feeling that she could climb trees and jump into the ponds as a child.
- In 2021, Pranati Nayak became the second-ever Indian gymnast to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- Pranati took part in the 2023 Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China. She earned a spot in the finals for both the women’s vault and all-around gymnastics competitions. In the women’s vault semi-finals, she achieved the sixth position with a score of 12.716 points, securing her place among the top eight qualifiers for the finals. Although Pranati was ranked 23rd overall in the all-around competition, she qualified for the finals due to the rule limiting each country to a maximum of two gymnasts in the final round. The Times of India