In junior category, Keshod teen wins Girnar ascending-descending competition

Pravina Majithia of Keshod created a record by becoming the first participant to win the annual Open Gujarat Girnar ascending-descending competition in her first attempt in the 29-year-history of the event on Sunday.

Thirteen-year-old Majithia left 112 girls in her category behind as she ascended and descended Mali Parab point on Mount Girnar to claim victory of the competition in junior girls category. She clocked 40.51 minutes to climb up and climb down 22,000 steps on the mountain. She won with a handsome margin as her nearest rival Nazrana Tarjana, who finished the exercise in 44.11 minutes.

"This is for the first time that any person participating for the first time has managed to win the event. Majithia's win gains more significance as she comes from a coastal taluka. Generally, girls from Junagadh and Bhesan dominate this category," said Nayan Thorat, district sports officer of Junagadh.

Majithiya is a Class-IX student at MK Rajkotiya High School in Balagam. She is eldest of four children of Nagabhai, a farmer of Bela Gam. "She is very talented. She is outstanding in running and shot-put. We send her for this competition and she has won," said Kadva Kiyada, English teacher of the high school, who also teaches students lessons in physical training.

"Kiyada sir sent me to his relative's home in Junagadh seven days ago for practising. It was very tough to prepare in such a short time. But the hard work has paid off," Pravina, who pocketed a cash prize of Rs 15,000, said.

In all, 995 persons participated in four categories of the event. While 90 women participated in the senior girls category, 113 took part in the junior girls division. On the other hand, 380 men participated in the senior boys category and 410 in junior boys event. For men, the competition was to climb and descend 55,000 steps up to Ambaji temple.

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