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TALEKAR Shraddha
India
IND
Title
Ms
Lastname
TALEKAR
Firstname
Shraddha
Gender
female
Country
India
Place of birth
THANE
Year of birth
1994 (28 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
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Occupation
Athlete, Student
Spoken languages
English, Hindi
Injuries
She has suffered foot and ankle injuries during her career as a result of a large gap in the webbing of the big toe of her foot. (indianexpress.com, 21 Sep 2021)
Start sporting career
She was introduced to the sport at age nine at a summer camp in Thane, India. (thebridge.in, 16 Jun 2019; hindustantimes.com, 06 May 2019)
Reason for taking up the sport
She took up the sport for fun but began training seriously after a coach identified her natural talent. (thebridge.in, 16 Jun 2019; hindustantimes.com, 06 May 2019)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Representing India at the 2019 World Cup event in Osijek, Croatia. (thebridge.in, 16 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (hindustantimes.com, 06 May 2019; thebridge.in, 16 Jun 2019)
Philosophy / Motto
"Everyone can excel if they put in a lot of hard work." (thebridge.in, 16 Jun 2019)
Additional information
General
GOING SOLO
She has lived apart from her family since 2007 in order to pursue artistic gymnastics at an elite level. "It has been a journey of ups and downs ever since I took up this sport. I never knew it would lead me to represent my country one day. It's tough to be away from your family for this long, but one has to make sacrifices to achieve something big in life." (thebridge.in, 16 Jun 2019)

RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
She says she considered retiring from the sport during the lockdown period in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She decided to continue after her uncle provided her with training equipment and a homemade mat to allow her to train during the lockdown. "I was 26, and I could see my whole career ending as competitions got cancelled, but my family pushed me to stay on track." (indianexpress.com, 21 Sep 2021)

FAMILY SUPPORT
She says the support of her family has allowed her to continue pursuing her sporting ambitions. "I watched so many gymnasts leave the sport and get married or start office jobs. The anxiety of never making an international team used to affect my performance in competitions and a few times cost me selection. I'd often go back home, half expecting to be told, 'Now, enough'. But my parents surprised me by telling me to first fulfil my dream of going to the world championships, and not bother about marriage. My uncle was a karate athlete, so he told my mother that my ambition had to be the world championships or all these years were a waste. My brother is a trekker and free-spirited, so he was supportive. Plus, after Dipa Karmakar [the first Indian female gymnast to compete at the Olympic Games in 2016], everything has changed in India and how we look at gymnastics." (indianexpress.com, 21 Sep 2021)

EDUCATION
She has studied for four degrees, including a master's degree in economics and a master's degree in physical education. (indianexpress.com, 21 Sep 2021)

Last update : 2021-09-28

World Championships

2021 - 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships KITAKYUSHU (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
58
Score Qualif.
40.132 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
78
Score Qualif.
9.300
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
92
Score Qualif.
8.533
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
77
Score Qualif.
10.633
World Cup

2022 - FIG Apparatus World Cup 2022 BAKU (AZE)

Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
10.433