All eyes on Dipa Karmakar
Ahead of the competitions that will start from March 14, Karmakar told IANS in a telephonic interview: “Training has been going well. I was training in Agartala all this while. I will try my best to do well there.”
For her, all the championships are the same.
“We are always on the field. Whether it is Olympics or any world championship, all are the same. For us, every competition is very tough,” said the young sports star.
But she maintains that there is no pressure.
Dipa, who finished fourth at the Rio Olympics, will be India’s best bet in the tournament after clinching the gold at the Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey in July last year.
Indian men’s team for Gymnastics World Cup 2019
Karnataka’s Ujwal Naidu pipped seasoned Ashish Kumar in the Floor event to grab a berth in the Indian men’s team. Yogeshwar Singh of SSCB emerged on top in Vault during the selection trials for the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Doha.
Five gymnasts appeared for the trials, conducted by the Sports Authority of today at the IG Stadium. The trials were for only two apparatus: Floor and Vault.
“Ujwal Naidu of Karnataka emerged as the top gymnast on Floor while Yogeshwar Singh of SSCB emerged as a top gymnast on Vault,” Riyaz Bhati, Vice President, Gymnastic Federation of India, said.
Interestingly, the Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) had sent the entries of Ashish Kumar and Yogeshwar Singh for their respective event after they showed interest in the competition.
India’s history at the Gymnastics World Cup
India has had a fairly good performance background at the Gymnastics World Cups in the recent past.
She clinched #BronzeMedal in Gymnastics World Cup 2018, Melbourne.
A proud moment for India. pic.twitter.com/wNBKeCdXc5
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 24, 2018
Aruna Budda Reddy had created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to win an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup as she clinched a bronze in the women’s vault event in Melbourne in February 2018.
The 22-year-old Reddy, who hails from Hyderabad, scored 13.649 average points to win the bronze at the Hisense Arena.
Another Indian in the final round, Pranati Nayak finished sixth with a score of 13.416.
The sport of gymnastics has a series of World Cup events in a year and they are second in importance after the World Championships.
Dipa’s performance history at World Cups
“The body achieves, what the mind believes.”
The journey from being a flat-footed gymnastics enthusiast, to becoming the only successful Indian gymnast at #Olympics is an inspiring feat from #TheSmallWonder @DipaKarmakar Look forward to reading all about it! ?#IAmTeamIndia?? pic.twitter.com/4bEpkd9iCf
— Team India (@ioaindia) December 19, 2018
Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics in women’s vault event, had won a bronze each in the Asian Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games and a gold at the Gymnastics World Cup in July 2018.
Later in November, Indian gymnast Dipa finished at the 23rd spot in balance beam event of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany.
Cottbus World Cup!?? pic.twitter.com/fYwhjLHgxW
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) November 26, 2018
The 25-year-old from Tripura, who had qualified for the Vault Finals, scored 11.066 (4.8 + 6.266) for a lowly finish out of the 32 competing gymnasts in the event.
The Cottbus event was part of an eight-event qualifying system for the 2020 Olympics, under which the gymnasts will make the cut based on their top three scores.
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