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Dipa Karmakar Wins Gold At World Meet¸ Scripts Gritty Comeback After Injury

Dipa Karmakar Wins Gold At World Meet¸ Scripts Gritty Comeback After Injury
Dipa Karmakar (centre) after winning the gold medal. (Source – Dipa Karmakar’s Twitter account)

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Dipa Karmakar Wins Gold At World Meet¸ Scripts Gritty Comeback After Injury

She was out of action for the past few years due to a serious injury.

Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar is on the comeback trail after a long lay-off due to a serious career-threatening knee injury and subsequent surgery. She won the gold medal in the vault event at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey, on Sunday.

Dipa finished with a score of 14.150 to win her first gold medal in a World Challenge Cup. This was her first appearance at a major tournament after the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she missed the bronze medal by a whisker.

Joy And Relief

Dipa Karmakar could barely conceal her joy, and relief, as she took to Twitter following her gold medal-winning performance. She thanked her coach Bisweshwar Nandi and all those who had stood by her during the difficult phase.

The gold medal should act as a good morale boost for Karmakar ahead of the 18th Asian Games being held in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia from 18 August onwards.

Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore congratulated Karmarkar on her comeback.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also congratulated her on her gold medal performance.

He complimented Karmakar on her hard work, humility, and utmost dedication and said that the Tripura government would always support all her endeavours for bringing glory for India.

Injury After Rio Olympics

Dipa Karmakar was out of action due to a leg injury after her impressive performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she nearly won a bronze medal after stunning the world with her performance on the Produnova vault.

Named after Russian champion gymnast Elena Produnova, this is known as the “vault of death” due to the dangerous moves it involves. Reports, however, suggest that it could be some time before Karmakar attempts the Produnova vault again as she has just returned from the knee injury.

The injury had necessitated an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction, described as a difficult surgical procedure.

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