Dipa Karmakar scripted history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to clinch a gold medal at a global event, announcing in style her comeback from a career-threatening injury, at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey.
Returning to action after a layoff of nearly two years due to a knee injury, Dipa emerged triumphant in the vault event.
The 24-year-old from Tripura, who had finished fourth in vault event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win the top prize. She had topped the qualification with a score of 13.400.
Back with a bang and a 🥇#DipaKarmakar is the stuff champions are made of! After battling an injury for the past 2 yrs, she makes a heroic comeback by clinching her first 🥇in the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Turkey! Many Congratulations to her👏👏for making 🇮🇳 proud! pic.twitter.com/cylNEBlfkA
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 8, 2018
“This is history and Dipa has created it. She is now the first Indian gymnast to win a gold in a world level event,” Gymnastics Federation of India vice-president Riyaz Ahmed Bhati
In her first attempt, Dipa had a difficulty score of 5.400 while collecting 8.700 in execution for a total of 14.100. She improved the score in her second attempt to 14.200 (5.600+8.600), giving her a total average of 14.150.
Dipa had suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury after the Rio Olympics and had undergone a surgery. She was initially confident of making a comeback at the Commonwealth Games but rehabilitation took more time than expected and she missed the Gold Coast event.
Rakesh also competed in the parallel bars finals but finished fifth. Dipa and Rakesh are the only two Indians who competed in the tournament.
#DipaKarmakar heroic comeback !
— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) July 8, 2018
World Challenge Cup series is an important competition in the calendar of International Gymnastics Federation. There are six events in the World Challenge Cup series this year and this is the fourth leg of the season.
Both Dipa and Rakesh have been included in the 10-member Indian gymnastics team for the upcoming Asian Games.
Interesting facts about her
- Dipa Karmakar was born on 9 August 1993 in Tripura.
- Daughter of a weightlifting coach, Dipa has been practising the sport since the age of six.
- Her coach’s name is Bisbeshwar Nandi, who has been with her ever since she took the sport.
- Dipa won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the Games.
- In 2015, at the Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships, Dipa bagged yet another bronze.
- In the state, national and international championships the young athlete has 77 medals to her credit, the majority of them are gold- 67.
- Dipa made headlines when she became the first Indian female gymnast ever to qualify for the Olympics.
- Dipa scripted history as she became the first Indian to qualify for the individual vault finals in Rio Olympics, 2016.
Congratulations to @DipaKarmakar on winning Gold medal in the vault event at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey. Her perseverance and hardwork is inspirational! #DipaKarmakar pic.twitter.com/fH8DP5Cx5h
— Pratap Jena (@jenapratap66) July 8, 2018
- Dipa entered the final by successfully completing the Produnova vault which is considered the most dangerous move in the world of gymnasticstics.
- Dipa Karmakar finished fourth in the vault final of Rio Olympics 2012 where she missed the bronze medal by a whisker.
- Karmakar is only the fifth woman in gymnastics history to land the Produnova vault or the handspring double front. It is also called the ‘Vault of death’