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Aruna Reddy creates history by claiming the first medal for India in Gymnastics World Cup

It might be a bronze; but it is the first medal for India in Gymnastics World Cup. After Deepa Karmakar produced stunning result in the Rio Olympics, gymnastic has been a much talked-about sport in India. And Aruna Budda Reddy has ignited the flame once again. She became the first gymnast from this country to win a medal at the Gymnastics World Cup.

Aruna Reddy with the bronze medal

At Melbourne, Aruna secured bronze in the women’s vault by scoring 13.649 to finish behind gold medallist Tjasa Kysslef of Slovania and Emily Whitehead of Australia who took silver. The other Indian woman in contention, Pranati Nayak finished sixth with a score of 13.416.  

It was in 2010 Commonwealth Games, Indian gymnast Ashish Kumar gave the country its first-ever gymnastics medal. Then at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympics in 52 years, where she narrowlly missed out on a bronze medal. Reddy’s medal will be one of the defining moments in Indian gymnastics.

Aruna is a former black belt and Karate trainer. In 2005, she won her first National medal in the sport. Reddy finished 14th at the qualification round of the Vault apparatus at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and went one up with a ninth-place finish at the Asian Games. Also, at the 2017 Asian Championships, Aruna finished on 6th position on Vault. She competed at world championships, including the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at Antwerp in Belgium.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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