Padmini Rout, the International Chess Master from Odisha, clinched the gold medal at the Asian Continental Chess Championship held at Makati, Philippines, on Tuesday.
Swimmer Pratyasha Ray gave Odisha something more to cheer about. She won the silver medal at the ongoing National School Games Swimming meet.
Twenty-four-year-old chess master Padmini Rout secured 7 points from a total of 9 rounds to achieve the first position at the event.
With this, she has qualified for the Women’s World Chess Championships scheduled to take place in 2020.
Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout was born on 5 January, 1994 in Barambagarh, Odisha. Rout inherited the passion for chess from her father and started playing chess when she was just nine.
She won the World under-14 girls’ championship in 2008 and the Indian women’s championship for last four years (in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017).
In 2010, she won the Indian Junior (U19) Girls Championship and bagged the bronze medal at both Asian and World Junior Girls Championships.
The Odisha government had felicitated her with the Biju Patnaik Sports Award in 2007 and the Eklavya Award in 2009.
Pratyasha Ray Makes A Splash With Silver Medal
Pratyasha Ray has won a silver medal in the 200 m backstroke in U-17 girls’ category at the ongoing 64th National School Games Swimming Championships at Talkatotra Stadium in Delhi.
Pratyasha is the first swimmer from Odisha to win gold medals in national as well as international events.
Pratyasha Ray bagged four gold medals and a silver medal for India at the South Asian Aquatic Championship (SAAC) – 2016 held at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Earlier, she had also won three gold medals in the girls’ (13-14 years) category at the 43rd Junior National Aquatic Championship in Bengaluru.
Born on 26 September 2002, Pratyasha started swimming at the age of two years at Dr. Jhasa Ketan Sahu Swimming Complex.
At the age of 9, she had won four gold and one silver medal at the State Swimming Championship, 2011 held in Bhubaneswar. Three years later, she won her first national medal.