Odisha girls Padmini Rout & Pratyasa Ray shine

Bhubaneswar: Bringing glory for the state and the country, International Chess Master Padmini Rout and ace swimmer Pratyasa Ray from Odisha clinched medals in two different events today.

Padmini bagged gold medal at the Asian Continental Chess Championship at Makati in Philippines by securing 7 points from a total of 9 rounds.

With the win, the 24-year-old chess master has also secured qualification for the Women’s World Chess Championships scheduled to take place in 2020.

On the other hand, swimmer Pratyasa Ray has won silver medal by clocking 2.34:79 minutes in U-17 girls 200 metre backstroke event at the ongoing 64th National School Games Swimming Championships at Talkotra Stadium in Delhi.

Sources said, Ray will also participate in the 100 and 50 metre backstroke events of the championship on December 18 and 19, respectively.