Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak finished fifth out of eight competitors in the artistic gymnastics women’s vault final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Monday.
The two-time Asian championships bronze medallist earned 12.699 points - an average of 13.633 and 11.766 - in her two attempts at the Arena Birmingham. Her landing wasn’t as smooth as her take-off, and there were two penalties of -0.1 and -0.3.
The Tokyo Olympian was a strong contender at Birmingham 2022 after her second Asian medal in Doha in June. The 27-year-old Pranati Nayak missed the chance to match the heroics of Dipa Karmakar, the only other Indian woman to have won a gymnastic medal at the CWG.
Pranati had reached the final with 13.275 points - 13.600 in her first vault attempt and 12.950 in her second.
Georgia Godwin of Australia (13.233), Laurie Denommee of Canada (13.233) and Shannon Archer of Scotland (13.083) finished with gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
India have won three gymnastic medals at the Commonwealth Games. Ashish Kumar won a silver and bronze at New Delhi 2010, and Dipa Karmakar won a bronze at Glasgow 2014.
Pranati Nayak was competing in her third Commonwealth Games. She only competed in the women’s team finals at Glasgow 2014.
At Gold Coast 2018, Pranati Nayak participated in the women’s team event and also made the vault final, where she finished eighth.
India named a six-member team for artistic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Only Yogeshwar Singh (men’s all-around) and Ruthuja Nataraj (women’s all-around) made the finals while the rest bowed out early.
Balveen Kaur is slated to compete in rhythmic gymnastics starting on Thursday.