India’s ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched a bronze medal in the vault event in the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup, Germany on Saturday.
This was a solid comeback for Dipa post her injury. In another return earlier this year, Dipa had won a gold at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Turkey.
Bronze medal ?in vault event
to finish my campaign at 2018 Cottibus World Cup. It was overwhelming to compete against some of the best athletes in the world!! Aaj ye bronze bhi gold lag raha hai! ?? pic.twitter.com/WOZS3lSRZM
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) November 24, 2018
Dipa was the first gymnast to win gold at the World Challenge Cup. It then did she endure a knee injury at the Asian Games campaign, where she returned without any medal.
In her vault event on Saturday at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup, Dipa scored 14.316 points to bag a bronze medal. This tournament is also a part of the eight-event qualifying system for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Riyaz Ahmed Bhati, Vice-President of Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) said, “Dipa has done well in the first tournament. She will be travelling to two more events out of Australia, Doha and Baku. But this event was the toughest. Congratulations to her coach Bisweshwar Nandi. They have made the country proud. And now Olympics is not far. I am also thankful to the sports ministry and SAI for showing faith.”
Dipa said, “I am overwhelmed after competing with such top class gymnasts and this bronze was no less than gold for me.”
The ace gymnast also thanked her parents, coach, physio, Sports Ministry and the Gymnastics Federation for their support.
Earlier, Dipa had qualified for the finals after scoring 14.100 points to finish at sixth out of 16 gymnasts. Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade won the gold, while USA’s Jade Carey bagged the silver.
With this performance at the tournament, Dipa has moved a bit closer to her qualification for the 2020 Olympics.
Among other Indian contestants, Rakesh Patra ranked 16th out of 29 gymnasts in parallel bar qualification round with a score of 13,033.
Ashish Kumar finished 23rd by scoring 12.866 points in the men’s vault qualification round.
Aruna Reddy, however, couldn’t participate in the floor due to the knee injury she suffered on an opening day.
This meet was a part of the qualifying system of the 2020 Olympics, where the gymnasts will make their cut based on the top three scores.