NEW DELHI: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar on Tuesday returned to India after clinching gold in the vault event at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Challenge Cup in Ankara, Turkey.
Karmakar expressed gratitude to her coach and the Sports Authority of India for their support, which motivated her to perform better.
According to the report of Economic Times, She is among the only five women in the history to have successfully performed Produnova — the vault of death. One among them is Yelena Produnova after whom it is named. Dipa Karmakar’s execution of the same at the 2016 Rio Olympics helped her finish fourth and inspired many little girls back home.
The 24-year-old, who had acquired the fourth spot in the vault event of the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to secure the top position in the tournament.
The gymnast was out of action after her impressive performance in Rio Olympics because of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury.
Dipa's name has been included in the 10-member Indian gymnastics team for the Asian Games, which are slated to begin from August 18.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Dipa on her achievement and tweeted, "India is proud of @DipaKarmakar! Congratulations to her on winning a well-deserved Gold in the vault event at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey. This win is a prime example of her tenacity and never-say-die attitude."
Inputs from ANI