Dipa Karmakar on World Challenge Cup Gold and Training for Asiad
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Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar made a rousing comeback as she bagged gold in the women's vault event at the Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey on Sunday, 8 July. The 24-year-old became the first Indian gymnast to win a gold at a global event.
The Tripura girl, who returned to action after two years due to injury, scored 14.150 to clinch the yellow metal. Dipa topped the qualification round with a score of 13.400.
Dipa has also qualified for the balance beam finals by finishing third in the qualification with a score of 11.850.
She was out of action for two years after undergoing surgery for Anetrior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.
The lengthy lay-off period, which started after the 2016 Rio Olympics, also kept her out of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games held earlier this year.
Dipa, who will feature in the Indian gymnastics squad at the upcoming Asian Games, said she is very happy about performing well in a competition after two years.
I’m very happy about performing well in a competition after two years and winning my first world cup medal. I would like to thank my coach, Bishweshwar Nandi, SAI and the Gymnastics Federation of India. Without their support, I couldn’t have made a comeback. Now, I have to prepare for the Asian Games. I’ll give it my all during practice.Dipa Karmakar