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Every week, deserving young Indian athletes will be recognized for displaying well-rounded achievement.
In her maiden appearance at an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) junior circuit event, Chennai’s table tennis prodigy, Mathan Rajan Hansini put up an impressive performance by bagging the bronze medal in the Mini-Cadet Girls’ Singles category at the Swedish Junior and Cadet Open in Orebro, Sweden.
The 10-year-old Class V student started her main draw challenge after a couple of wins in the group stages before going down to Russia’s Iuliia Pugovkina 12-10, 9-11, 5-11, 8-11 in a gruelling semi-final match.
In the main draw, she beat Russia’s Aleksandra Bokova 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 3-11 in the Round of 16 and notched up a commanding 11-3, 12-10, 11-9 win over Isha Bajpai of the USA in the quarter-finals.
Under the tutelage of Muralidhara Rao, who has experience of coaching top paddlers in the country such as Sharath Kamal and K Shamini, the 2028 Olympic medal prospect has been honing her skills at the Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT)-backed SDAT AKG Table Tennis Development Centre in Chennai. It has helped her make rapid strides in the sport as validated by her bronze medal win in cadet girls’ singles at the 2019 UTT 81st National Table Tennis Championships.
About ACHIEVER OF THE WEEK:
The week’s outstanding individual and team accomplishments are recognized and celebrated through Fisto’s ‘Achiever Of The Week’.
Fistosports has been proactive and has been covering young prospects extensively who can go on to become superlative athletes in the future, serving as a quintessential motivation for the budding talents.
Everyone talks about ‘catching them young‘, but once they’ve been selected, there is no mention about them until they achieve something at the national or international level.
With an aim of covering athletes who are performing well in schools and colleges and national and International stage, every Indian Sports fan has to be informed and updated about upcoming prodigies who can create a massive impact in the future.