Gymnast Dipa Karmakar returns to action, clinching a gold medal in the vault event, of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey on Sunday. Dipa took part in a competition after a gap of two years as she underwent surgery for an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury, which she suffered after the Rio Olympics.
The 24-year-old gymnast from Tripura, who finished fourth in the vault event at the Rio Olympics two years ago, scored 14.150 to win her first medal in a World Challenge Cup, having topped the qualification with a score of 13.400.
Dipa’s father Dulal Karmakar, a weightlifting coach expressed his happiness saying that after Rio she could not take part in any competition and this is the first competition after her surgery. Her mother Gouri Karmakar, a housewife said that people were even deliberating whether Dipa might have left gymnastics altogether. ‘They were doubtful if she would be able to perform well after two years. But after reaching the final, she was confident of a medal,’ Dipa’s mother said.
Dipa, who is being accompanied by her coach Bisweshwar Nandi, also qualified for the balance beam finals by finishing third in qualification with a score of 11.850. The Tripura BJP State Committee has proposed that the government appoint Dipa Karmakar as brand ambassador of the State