Aruna Reddy creates history at gymnastics world cup, became the first Indian gymnast to clinch a medal at the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne, securing bronze in the women’s vault. Aruna Budda Reddy is 22, scored 13.649 to finish behind gold medallist Tjasa Kysslef of Slovania and Emily Whitehead of Australia who took silver. The other Indian woman in contention, Pranati Nayak finished sixth with a score of 13.416.
For Aruna, Gymnastics never held the same appeal as karate. Aruna even has a black belt to show for it. She is a former black belt and Karate trainer. Narayan Reddy, her accountant father had other plans in mind for her. He got her enrolled in an academy in Hyderabad as an eight-year old, but is not around to bask in his daughter’s success today, as he passed away in 2010.
Aruna Reddy Creates History at Gymnastics World Cup
In 2005, Aruna won her first National medal which convinced her to take up the sport. Reddy finished 14th at the qualification round of the Vault apparatus at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and went Asian Games with a ninth-place finish holder. Also, at the 2017 Asian Championships, Aruna finished on 6th position on Vault.
Aruna will now contest in the final round of the floor event. In other events, Rakesh Patra finished fourth in the men’s rings event. He is still in the fray for the final round of the parallel bars.
There are 16 countries featuring in the World Cup series event this year across two days of qualification with the top eight teams athletes on each apparatus heading to the finals.
Indian gymnastics was seen more value when Ashish Kumar gave the country its first-ever gymnastics medal by winning a bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. And six years later at 2016 Rio Olympics, Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympics in 52 years, where she missed out on a bronze medal.
For someone who always saw herself as a reluctant gymnast, Aruna Reddy made history on Saturday when she became India’s first World Cup medal winner with a bronze in Melbourne.