Dipa Karmakar back with a bang! Wins gold on return after 2 years

Jul 09, 2018, 10:24 IST | PTI

Gymnast Karmakar wins gold in her first comeback event after a two-year layoff

Dipa Karmakar back with a bang! Wins gold on return after 2 years

Returning to action after a lay-off of nearly two years due to an injury, India's premier gymnast Dipa Karmakar yesterday clinched the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.

Tripura-based Karmakar, 24, who had finished fourth in vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win the top prize. She had topped the qualification with a score of 13.400.

Dipa Karmakar competes in the vault final during the 2014 Glasgow CWG. Pic/Getty Images
Dipa Karmakar competes in the vault final during the 2014 Glasgow CWG. Pic/Getty Images

This is Dipa's first medal in a World Challenge Cup. 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. Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Indonesia clinched the silver with 13.400 points while local woman Goksu Uctas Sanli took the bronze with a score of 13.200. Dipa has also qualified in balance beam finals by finishing third in the qualification with a score of 11.850.

Dipa had suffered an Anetrior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury after the Rio Olympics and had undergone a surgery. Meanwhile, Rakesh Patra missed out on a medal in men's rungs event finals.

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