Telangana's Budda Aruna Reddy rewrote history when she became the first Indian gymnast to win a medal in the Gymnastics World Cup at Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Saturday.
The 22-year-old gymnast achieved the feat when she won a Bronze in Vault in the ongoing 2018 edition of Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne on Saturday, February 24. Slovenia's Tjasa Kysslef won the gold medal in Gymnastic World Cup 2018 with a score of 13.800, while Australia's Emily Whitehead clinched the silver with a score 13.699 in the finals.
Kysslef had a score of 13.800, while Whitehead registered 13.699 in the finals. Another Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak finished 6th on the list. On her second attempt, she chose a higher difficulty of 4.800 but managed an execution score of 8.833, giving her a total of 13.633.
The 2018 Gymnastics World Cup is now being hosted by Melbourne in Australia. Aruna had an excellent vault in her first attempt, bagging 4.600 for difficulty and 9.066 for execution.
Ashish Kumar was the first Indian to claim a gymnastics medal when he took bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Patra has also made it to the final in parallel bars.
Budda Reddy, who is also a black belt in karate, won her first national medal in 2005. Unfortunately, she missed the opportunity of winning Bronze in that final and finished fourth in the final.
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.
The first Indian women who created the road map for the gymnast at the world level was Dipa Karmakar when she qualified for the Olympics in 2016.