Dipa Karmakar creates history today by becoming the first Indian to clinch a gold medal at the Gymnastics World Cup, announcing her comeback after injury in style at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey.
The 24-year-old from Tripura, who had finished fourth in the vault event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win gold on Sunday. She had topped the qualification as well with a score of 13.400.
Karmakar had suffered an Anetrior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury after the Rio Olympics and had undergone 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.
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.
This is Dipa’s first medal in a World Challenge Cup. She has been included in the 10-member Indian gymnastics team for the upcoming Asian Games.