After missing out on the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics by a whisker, standout gymnast Dipa Karmakar has marked her return to action in tremendous fashion as she successfully sealed the Gold Medal on Sunday in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey.
After being sidelined due to an unfortunate injury for nearly two years, the 24-year-old ace gymnast from Tripura officially scored a total 5.400 in her first attempt, while collecting 8.700 in execution for a total of 14.100. Dipa, however, improved her score in her second attempt to 14.200 (5.600+8.600), giving her a total average of 14.150, in order to secure her first medal in a World Cup Challenge.
Meanwhile, Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Indonesia clinched the silver medal with 13.400 points, whereas, Turkish native Goksu Uctas Sanli secured the bronze medal after finishing with a total score of 13.200.
Dipa, who after finishing fourth in the vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, initially topped the qualification round with a score of 13.400 and despite suffering a devastating ACL injury after the conclusion of the Rio Olympics, the 2017 Padma Shri awardee has successfully turned things around for her in an outstanding manner after making her initial comeback at the Commonwealth Game.
However, regardless of all her injury issues and woes, Dipa and her coach Bisweshar Nandi, who has also qualified in the balanced team finals by finishing third in the qualification with a score of 11.850, will now look forward to bringing more success to the country in the field of Gymnastic, as they take the first steps towards glory once again.
The World Cup series is considered as an important competition in the calendar of International Gymnastics Federation and there are a total of six events in the World Cup series this year, with this being the fourth leg of the season, so in the aftermath to Dipa’s massive Gold Medal win, this will definitely prove to be a major confidence booster for the Tripura native.
In addition, Dipa Karmakar has now also been selected for the 10-member Indian gymnastic team for the upcoming Asian Games.