Dipa Karmakar creates History, wins Gold in Gymnastics World Challenge Cup

By Dipankar Das

Guwahati/Agartala, July 9: Returning to action after a gap of nearly two years due to an injury, Tripura girl Dipa Karmakar has yet again made the country proud.

India’s premier gymnast Dipa clinched the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic  Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey on Sunday.

Well-wishers, fans and friends took to the social media to congratulate Dipa.

24-year-old Dipa scored 14.150 to clinch the gold medal. Dipa had topped the qualification round with a score of 13.400.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb called Dipa as an inspiration for daughters of Tripura to excel in life and wished her best for her future endeavors. He reiterated full support of the State Government to Dipa so that she can continue making the nation proud and win a Gold Medal for India in 2020 Olympics.

This is Dipa’s first medal in a World Challenge Cup. She was accompanied by her being accompanied by her coach Bisheshwar Nandi.

Dipa had suffered an Anetrior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury after the Rio Olympics and had undergone a surgery.

The gymnast made history after qualify in last Rio Olympic as first Indian female gymnast and she finished fourth in the women’s vault gymnastics finals, narrowly missing out on India’s first medal in this edition.

“It is an incredible feeling. However, I could have done better in the beam event,” said an elated Dipa.

Dipa first gained attention when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the Games.