NEW DELHI: Aruna Budda Reddy, who recently became the first Indian gymnast to bag an individual medal in Gymnastics World Cup on Wednesday, said that Dipa Karmakar is her role model. Talking to ANI, Reddy said that alike Karmakar, she too wants to make her own identity and create history in the respective field.
"Dipa (Karmakar) didi is my role model. She has won many awards and has created history, I also want to do the same and create an identity of my own. Every athlete needs to do hard work. Without that, no one can succeed," she said.
She also expressed happiness for making India proud by bagging the medal in the tournament.
Aruna Budda Reddy scripted history by winning a medal at the Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne.
Aruna left an inedible mark in the annals of Indian sports history by winning a bronze medal in the women's vault event of Gymnastic World Cup.
The 22-year-old finished third with an average score of 13.699 following her two attempts in the women's vault event. Slovenia's Tjasa Kysslef picked gold with a score of 13.800 and Emily White ahead of Australia took home silver after her best score of 13.699.
Aruna, who is also a part of the Indian gymnastics contingent, which will participate in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April, won her first National medal in 2005.
Subsequently, she made a 14th-place finish in the qualification round of the vault apparatus at the 2014 Commonwealth Games before finishing at the ninth spot at the Asian Games same year.