In a heroic comeback, Dipa Karmakar wins gold at the 2018 Gymnastics World Challenge Cup
Indian ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who finished a very close fourth and just missed the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics 2016, secured a gold medal at the vault event of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey, on Sunday the 8th of July.
This medal is especially spectacular for the 24 year old from Tripura as well as the nation, because it comes after her being laid off by an injury for almost two years post the Rio Olympics.
After topping the qualification charts with an impressive score of 13.400, she worked on improving herself and finally reached a formidable score of 14.150, which won her her very first medal in a World Challenge Cup. In second place was Indonesian Rifda Irfanaluthfi, while Turkish Goksu Uctas Sanli clinched the bronze medal.
When Dipa Karmakar attempted the event for the first time, she scored a 5.400 in difficulty with an additional 8.700 in execution to make it a total of 14.100. Her second attempt was her best with an improved score of 5.600 and 8.600 and a total of 14.200, making the overall average score 14.150.
Moreover, she also qualified for the balancing beam finals, finishing an overall third in qualifications and going on to just miss the bronze medal once more by placing fourth in the event.
Several important personalities such as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore, the CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and even the PM Narendra Modi himself took to Twitter to congratulate the Dipa Karmakar, who had to undergo a surgery after being diagnosed with Anetrior Cruciate Ligament post the Rio Olympics.
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
India is proud of @DipaKarmakar! Congratulations to her on winning a well-deserved Gold in the vault event at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey. This win is a prime example of her tenacity and never-say-die attitude.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 8, 2018