Things To Know About Bronze medal Winning Gymnast Aruna Reddy
It was a phenomenal week for India and its sports history. Gymnast Aruna Budda Reddy added a new chapter when she became India’s first ever World Cup medal winner on Saturday.
“My moment of glory has finally arrived,” an ecstatic Aruna told TOI from Melbourne
No Indian has ever bagged this honour in women’s vaults. Aruna won a bronze at the 2018 World Gymnastics in Melbourne. She finished third with an average score of 13.699. Slovenia’s Tjasa Kysslef won the gold while Australia’s Emily Whitehead clinched the silver with a score of 13.800 and 13.699 in the finals respectively.
— World Cup Gymnastics (@gymworldcup) February 24, 2018
Here are a few things to know about the Gymnast who made India proud in World Cup:
- Born in 1995, India’s first Gymnastics World Cup medallist wasn’t even sure about taking up Gymnastics professionally. She wanted a sport career in Karate instead. Starting out as an aspirant Karate kid, she claimed a black belt in it too.
- Her father Narayan Reddy – a Chartered Accountant and sports enthusiast – aimed at other routines and enrolled her in an academy in Hyderabad. She was eight back then. He believed that her daughter had the flexibility for gymnastics.
“Every medal I will win is dedicated to my father,” she said.
- The karateka Aruna is now the backbone of her family. She lives with her mother and is supported by her sister Pavani, who is a qualified company secretary. Her brother-in-law is a civil contractor, who helped in funding her dreams.
Speaking to The Indian Express from Melbourne, Aruna said, “I owe everything to him [father] and if he’d been alive and seen me on the podium today, he’d have been so happy. He was there in my days of struggle, but couldn’t watch me win.”
- Having noticed the potential in this kid, coaches Swarnalatha and Ravinder at the Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium in Hyderabad, took her in. Swarnalatha’s husband Giriraj trained Aruna but Giriraj, unfortunately, passed away in an accident in 2008.
“I didn’t like gymnastics initially. But he kept saying I’m good at it. Then the gold medals in nationals started coming. I started loving the sport and its movements. After every hard day, there was a medal as a prize,” Aruna said of her father’s influence.
- Aruna had been since trained under Brij Kishore. She pursuit gymnastics career and claimed medals at three National Games. She later joined the national camp in New Delhi.
Brilliant Aruna reddy won 1st medal for India in women vault with 13.649 points , Pranti nayak finish 6th
— Sports India (@SportsIndia3) February 24, 2018
- For the past few years, Aruna has been training alongside Dipa Karmakar, who couldn’t compete at the Worlds due to a knee surgery. Under the guidance of coach Bisweswar Nandi at national camps since 2011, Aruna is following the Olympian’s footstep.
“India knew gymnastics as Dipa. Now there’s Aruna too.”
Dipa after hearing the news tweeted:
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) February 24, 2018
- Aruna has surpassed Dipa’s mark who finished fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics in women’s vault event.
Medal for one, belief for millions!
Put your hands together for India's first Gymnast to win an individual medal in the #GymnasticsWorldCup at Melbourne.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) February 25, 2018
Congratulations to #ArunaReddy as she becomes first Indian Gymnast to win a medal in the World Cup. She is the third Indian after Ashish Kumar and @DipaKarmakar to win a Gymnastics medal on the world stagehttps://t.co/45peYYTZ5l pic.twitter.com/ydIxRZybI5
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) February 24, 2018
- Aruna took part at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, finished 14th in the qualification round at the 2014 Glasgow CWG, sealed a ninth place at the Incheon Asian Games and sixth at the 2017 Asian Championships, but a medal glory always seemed an inevitable dream.
It's a great victory. She has been waiting for this. Her training & support from coaches & govt helped her.There are upcoming important tournaments & it's a start: Pavani, sister of Aruna Reddy on her becoming first Indian to win Bronze medal at Gymnastics World Cup #Hyderabad pic.twitter.com/MjLJYJXuKK
— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2018
- World Cup Bronze was Aruna’s first international medal haul, having the best feat so far was at the 2017 Asian Championships vault event.
- Interestingly, we would be missing another great sportsperson if like her father and sister, Aruna too had shown interest in becoming a chartered accountant. Although, initially it was her backup plan.
History Created By Aruna Budda Reddy. India's 1st Ever Medal In Gymnastics. She Won Bronze ? In Vault At #GymnasticsWorldCup In Melbourne. She Scored 13.649 & Became The 1st Indian Gymnast To Clinch An Individual Medal At World Cup. ???#ArunaBuddaReddypic.twitter.com/YfvZwUS4p5
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 25, 2018
- Now the 22-year-old from the suburbs of Hyderabad bagged bronze at the Worlds, aiming next at the forthcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, scheduled in later 2018, Aruna will be one of India’s medal hopes.
My heartiest congratulations to Aruna Budda Reddy for scripting history by becoming the first Indian to win an individual medal at the #GymnasticsWorldCup. This win will inspire millions! Way to go.. #WomenEmpowerment pic.twitter.com/4DHxq67Kh2
— Robert Vadra (@irobertvadra) February 26, 2018
Congratulating gymnast Aruna Reddy who created history by winning a Bronze ? in Vault at the ongoing @gymworldcup in Melbourne. She scored 13.649 and is the first Indian gymnast to clinch an individual medal at World Cup #GymnasticsWorldCup #Bronze pic.twitter.com/rCGJpdlgZF
— GoSports Foundation (@GoSportsVoices) February 24, 2018
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