Aruna Budda Reddy made the country proud by winning a bronze medal in vault at the ongoing Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne. This is the first time that an Indian has won an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup. The girl from Telangana missed out on silver by just 0.05 points. Another Indian, Pranti Nayak finished sixth in the same discipline.
Slovania’s Tjasa Kysslef won the gold medal with a score of 13.800, while Australia’s Emily Whitehead took home the silver with a score 13.699 in the finals. Another Indian fray, Pranati Nayak managed a sixth place finish with an aggregate score of 13.416 after two attempts.
In the finals, Aruna started solidly, choosing a difficulty level of 4.600 in which she scored 9.066 on execution– giving her a total of 13.666. In her second attempt, the Indian gymnast chose a higher difficulty (4.800) but could only manage an execution score of 8.833, which gave her a total of 13.633.
After the two attempts, the aggregate of her two attempts were taken, giving her a final score of 13.649.
In the qualification stage, Aruna was second after registering a score of 13.566 to reach the finals while Pranati was fourth with an average score of 13.483 after her two attempts.
This is Aruna’s maiden (at any major event) International Medal. Aruna had always been a promising gymnast – finishing 14th in the qualification round at the 2014 Glasgow CWG, ninth place at the Incheon Asian Games and sixth at the 2017 Asian Championships – but the medal glory somewhat eluded her. Now after having bagged bronze at the Worlds, she is setting her sights on the forthcoming Gold Coast CWG. “I would like to win a medal for Dipa there,” signs off a gracious champion.