Hyderabad roller skater Anup Kumar Yama created history by winning gold medal in the Inline Artistic Roller Skating World Championship at Taipei on Sunday. He defeated Carlos Urquia from Argentina in the final to become the first Indian to achieve the feat at the event.
The 29-year-old Anup has improved from his earlier performance when he won a bronze in the Inline Artistic Skating World Championship held in New Zealand last year. He had won three gold medals and two silver medals at the Asian Roller skating Championship in 2012. Anup has so far won 78 gold medals at the national level; eight gold, five silver and nine bronze at the Asian level and one bronze at the world championship.
Anup is the only skater in India to participate in ten World Championships. He is ranked number 1 in India and 3 in Asia and 6 in the world. Anup is being coached by his father Veeresh Yama, a former skater and chairman of the AP Artistic Technical Committee. He was introduced to the sport at the age of 4.
Here is a video from a 2009 championship showing the artistic skills of Anup in the skating rink.