Rakesh Kumar Patra is an Indian male artistic gymnast. He was born on October 5, 1994, in Puri, Odisha. He currently resides in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Patra is currently a member of the Indian national team and trains at the SAI International Training Centre. His coach is Bishweshwar Nandi.
Early Life and Career
Patra began training in gymnastics at the age of 10. He competed in his first international tournament in 2007, the Junior Asian Championships in Beijing, China. In 2008, he competed in the Senior Asian Championships in Qatar.
In 2009, he won a bronze medal in the floor exercise event at the 23rdturning World Challenge Cup held in Mersin, Turkey. In 2010, he competed in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. He won a silver medal in the team event and placed fourth in the floor exercise event. In 2011, he competed in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2012, Patra competed in the Summer Olympics trials but did not make the cut for the Olympic team. In 2013, he again competed in the World Championships, this time in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2014, he competed in two Challenge Cups—the Anadia Challenge Cup in Portugal and The Doha Challenge Cupin Qatar—and placed first and second respectively.
In 2015, he competed in The Doha World Challenge Cup and placed first on vault and second on floor exercise. He also placed first on floor exercise at The Anadia World Challenge Cupin Portugal and The Glasgow World Challenge Cupin Scotland.
In 2016, Patra participated in The Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championshipsin Korea and won a silver medal on vault and a bronze medal on floor exercise. In 2017, Patra again won a silver medal on vault and a bronze medal on floor exercise at TheAsian Artistic Gymnastics Championshipsheld in Thailand. Currently ranked fifth in Asia and twenty-second in the world, Patra is considered one of India’s top gymnasts.
Conclusion: Rakesh Kumar Patra
Rakesh Kumar Patra is one of India’s top male artistic gymnasts. With multiple medals to his name from competing both domestically and internationally—including two silvers and a bronze from The Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships—Patra is a World-Class athlete that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for him as he represents India on the world stage!
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