It was a proud moment 19 year old Rhythmic Gymnast Meghana Reddy, as she booked a place at this years Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Her qualification was secured after a brilliant performance at the Commonwealth Games trials where she matched the points required to win a medal at major sports events.
Meghana Reddy following the legacy of Dipa Karmakar
Dipa Karmakar became the posted girl for gymnasts in India and put India on the world gymnastics map at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she finished fourth in the women’s vault finals. Her Bronze medal was missed by a whisker. She became an instant hit among many youngsters who want to purse gymnastic in India. Following in her footsteps, this 19 year old from Hyderabad has been slowly and steadily making her mark.
Telangana youngster Meghana Reddy whose recent performance at the Commonwealth Games trials in the national capital have caught everyone’s attention. In front of senior coaches like Bishweshwar Nandi and Jayprakash Chakraborty, Meghna, who specialises in Rhythmic Gymnastics, made quite an impression at the Indira Gandhi Stadium by topping the charts with 54 points – a tally which is close to the score of the winner at the 2014 CWG.
Besides that, she has been consistently logging scores across European competitions which are closer to those of several Olympian gymnasts and thus giving rise to India’s Olympic hopes of a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nandi, who is also the coach of Dipa, is all praise for Meghna. “She has got amazing perfection level. It is indeed a treat to watch her perform,” he said.
Meghana Reddy has full support of her parents
Meghana, whose mother Praveena Reddy was a national level gymnast herself, began training at the age of 11 years. Praveena, who now judges international gymnastic tournaments, has big dreams for her daughter.
Talking to Ei Samay on phone Praveena Reddy said, “Meghna has been undergoing training sessions in Greece under the world famous Greek rhythmic gymnast Varvara Filiou since the last 8 months. Her entire support system is arranged by Varvara herself. Meghna has her local coach too and trains under him when at home.”
Meghana Reddy participated at the 2016 Asian Championships but failed to secure a medal. Praveena says they spend Rs 2 lakh on Meghna every month which means the family must arrange Rs 24 lakh per year on her training and other paraphernalia.
Despite her impressive performances, Meghana is not listed in the Central government’s’ Target Olympic Podium [TOP] scheme. Her training contract with Filiou will expire at the end of the Tokyo Olympics.
After Meghana Reddy it is Aruna Reddy who makes India Proud at the Gymnastics World Cup
Aruna Budda Reddy scripted history at the ongoing Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne when she became the first Indian gymnast to bag an individual medal in the tournament.
Aruna left an indelible 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.
Pranati Nayak, another Indian in the fray, finished at the sixth place with an average score of 13.416.
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.