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.
This medal is for everyone who never stopped believing in me! Thank you @Media_SAI, Gymnastic Federation of India, Anant Joshi Sir, @GoSportsVoices, my physio Sajad bhai, Tripura Govt, Nandi sir and @merakiconnect for the endless support and encouragement. pic.twitter.com/FJmiusIW2A
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) July 9, 2018
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.
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
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also congratulated her on her gold medal performance.
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) July 8, 2018
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.
Your hardwork, humility, and utmost dedication to pursue excellence, inspire millions of girls across the country to pursue their dreams.#Tripura Government will always support all your endeavours for bringing glory for #India. https://t.co/FUIUbDI2j9
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) July 9, 2018
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.