Aruna Budda Reddy has scripted history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to win an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup as she clinched a bronze in the women’s vault event.
The 22-years old Aruna, who hails from Hyderabad, scored 13.649 average points to win the bronze at the Hisense Arena. Tjasa Kysselef of Slovenia won the gold with a score of 13.800 while Emily Whitehead of Australia settled with the silver. Pranati Nayak, the second Indian in the final round finished sixth with an aggregate score of 13.416 after two attempts.This was the third gymnastics medal for India at the world level. Ashish Kumar was the first Indian to claim a gymnastics medal when he clinched a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
Among the events run by the world gymnastics federation, the World Cups rank second in prestige only after the World Championships.
Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics in women’s vault event, has won a bronze each in the Asian Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games but not at the level of a World Cup.
But after clinching a historic bronze medal in vault at the Gymnastics World Cup, Aruna Budda Reddy finished a lowly seventh in the final round of women’s floor event on Sunday.
Congratulations Aruna Budda! You have made us all proud and your achievement will surely inspire youngsters to take up the sport.