The 24 year old Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar grabbed a gold at Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey, on this Sunday; and became the first Indian to win gold at an international gymnastics event.
Dipa Karmakar, the Indian gymnast became the first Indian to win a gold medal at an international gymnastics event as she won the gold at Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey on Sunday. Karmakar had a score of 13.400 at the preliminary round and later in the final round she secured 14.150 to beat Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Indonesia (13.400 points) and Goksu Uctas Sanli (13.200). Appreciating her victory, PM Narendra Modi felicitated Dipa for her gold in vault event in Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Turkey, in a tweet saying that India is proud of Dipa Karmakar.
However, nothing good comes easy, and neither did Dipa Karmakar’s gold feat come easy. In fact the Dipa’s victory came after two and a half years of being inactive on international platform in gymnastics. She had been subjected to rest since long time after she had a severe ligament injury in April last month which meant a hiatus of two and a half year for her performance. However Dipa started her training again at the beginning of this year and to jump back and give the best performance in competitive gymnastics. Aiming for a fresh start at the last Commonwealth Games, Dipa went ahead with her best but had to miss it as her recovery took longer time than expected.
Perhaps, the primer gymnast made an amazing comeback at the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin – Turkey and scored 14.150 to win gold on Sunday. Content with the achievement, Dipa expressed how performing at her best level was much more important than getting gold. “I am happy I could do that considering the fact that at the beginning of the year, I was hobbling back to fitness” Karmakar said, explaining how this victory has boosted her self confidence to perform at all other Asian Games with full zest.