Gymnast Ashish Kumar on Tuesday opened a fresh affiliate for India in the little followed action by absolute the country's aboriginal anytime medal, a bronze, in the Asian Games back he stood third in the men's attic exercise routine.
Kumar, who came to civic accent in aftermost month's Commonwealth Games by acceptable a basement argent and brownish in floor, tallied 14.92 credibility to booty the brownish in a bitterly fought challenge in which China's Zhang Chenglong and Korea's Kim Soo Myun angry for the gold with identical 15.40 points.
"I am actual blessed because it is the aboriginal gymnastics badge in the history of Indian gymnastics (at the Asian Games)," said the Allahabad-based gymnast, whose achievement is alike added admirable because that the team's adopted drillmaster Vladimir Chertkov bare the band afore the admission of the Games and alternate to India.
Kumar said he did not accept the time to conveyance for the boxy accident in which apple chic antagonism was in affirmation with China, Korea and Japan in fray.
"It was actual boxy for me because I did not accept abundant conveyance for the Asian Games. We accept aloof had the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. And it is actual boxy with China and Korea (in fray)," said Kumar who began to booty allotment in gymnastics in 1994.
"I started in 1994 back I was four years old. Now I am 19. It's a abundant experience. I won argent (on vault) and brownish (in floor) at the Commonwealth Games and now I accept addition brownish at the Asian Games," he said.
Team's civic drillmaster Ashok Mishra, who is with Kumar back January 2009 in a assumption of camps to adapt the gymnasts for this year's CWG, said that the antagonism was actual abutting and the aerialist did not feel the absence of Chertkov, who was afflicted at not actuality accustomed permission to booty allotment in the aperture commemoration in non-ceremonial dress.
Among those who were pushed out of the badge bracket in the attic accoutrement were China's Feng Zhe who accomplished with 14.90 points, Hishashi Mizutori of Japan (14.82), Yoo Won Chul (Korea, 14.27), who got a amends of 0.3, Uzbek Masharipov Otabek (14.00) and Ryotaka Deguchi (Japan, 13.42).
Gold badge champ Zhong Chenglong is the apple accumbent bar best while the man who angry for the cardinal one spot, Korean Kim Soo Myun, was the affiliate of the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze-winning aggregation in attic event.