Published On: Sat, Feb 24th, 2018

Aruna Reddy creates history; becomes first Indian gymnast to win medal in Gymnastics World Cup

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Hyderabad’s Aruna B. Reddy made history, becoming the first Indian gymnast to win a personal medal in the Gymnastics World Cup. She won bronze medal in women’s vault event in Melbourne.

The 22-year-old gymnast won the bronze medal with a score of 13.649 in the Hisense Arena in Melbourne. Slovenia’s Tijasa Kislef won the gold medal with a score of 13.800, while Emily Whithead of Australia won silver with a score of 13.699. Another Indian Pranati Nayak, who arrived in the final round, remained sixth with 13.416 points.

Gymnastics has many world cup competitions in a year and they are considered second to world championships. Secretary of the Indian Gymnastics Federation, Shantikumar Singh said, “Aruna has now become the first and only Indian to win a medal in the World Cup. We are proud of that. ‘

Deepa Karmakar was fourth in the women’s vault category of Rio Olympics in 2016. Shee has won bronze medals in the Asian Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games, but could not win any medal at the World Cup level.

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