Aruna Reddy has created history for India! She is the first Indian to win a bronze in the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne. She finished behind Tjasa Kysslef of Slovenia (gold) and Emily Whitehead of Australia (silver).Aruna Reddy has created history for India! She is the first Indian to win a bronze in the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne. She finished behind Tjasa Kysslef of Slovenia (gold) and Emily Whitehead of Australia (silver).
— World Cup Gymnastics (@gymworldcup) February 24, 2018
And to celebrate this spectacular win, here are 7 things you should know about Aruna Reddy:
⦁ First Indian EVER!
The 22 year old gymnast who participated in the women’s vault event is the first Indian ever to win a medal in the Gymnastics World Cup.
⦁ Young protégé
It was Aruna’s late father who recognized the girl’s potential when she was only 5 years old. That is when he pulled her out of karate and put her in for gymnastics.
⦁ First Medal in 2005
Though she didn’t like the sport initially, Aruna won her first National medal in 2005 which inspired her to continue working towards this sport.
⦁ Black Belt
She has a black belt and is a former Karate trainer.
⦁ Father’s daughter
Speaking about the win, Aruna said, “I owe everything to him 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.”
⦁ Short shelf life
Post the age of 23-24, gymnastics becomes difficult as the body isn’t as flexible. Aruna hopes to make the most of her career before she turns 23. She is looking forward to the forthcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
⦁ Promising gymnast
She finished 14th in the qualification round at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 9th place at the Incheon Asian Games and 6th at the 2017 Asian Championships.
Here is Aruna Reddy performing her set:
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