Aruna Budda Reddy Becomes First Indian to Clinch an Individual Medal at Gymnastics World Cup
Aruna Budda Reddy created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch an individual medal at the gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne by securing bronze in the women’s vault on Saturday. Reddy, 22, scored 13.649 to finish behind gold medallist Tjasa Kysslef of Slovania and Emily Whitehead of Australia who took silver.
Kysslef had a score of 13.800, while Whitehead registered 13.699 in the finals. Meanwhile, Pranati Nayak, the second Indian in the fray, finished sixth with an aggregate score of 13.416 after two attempts.
“Aruna is now the first and the only Indian to have won a medal in the World Cup and we are proud of her,” Shantikumar Singh, secretary of a faction of Gymnastics Federation of India, told PTI.
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.
This was Aruna’s first international medal through she has taken part at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014 Asian Games and the 2017 Asian Championships. Her best international performance before today’s feat was the sixth place finish at the 2017 Asian Championships vault event. In all the other international events, she could not go beyond the qualification stage.
Aruna will also contest in the final round of the floor event tomorrow. 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 tomorrow.
The 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and 2-14 Asian Games bronze medallist Ashish Kumar will also feature in the men’s vault event final round tomorrow after he finished sixth in the qualifying round.
Sixteen countries are 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.
PostedOn: 25 Feb 2018
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