Returning to action after a layoff of nearly two years due to a knee injury, Dipa Karmarkar emerged triumphant in the vault event.
This 24-year-old super girl from Tripura, who had finished fourth in vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win gold in Turkey. She had topped the qualification also with a score of 13.400.
Dipa had suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury after the Rio Olympics and had undergone a surgery. She was initially confident of making a comeback at the Commonwealth Games but rehabilitation took more time than expected and she missed the Gold Coast event.
On Sunday, she made a scripted history by becoming the second Indian gymnast to clinch a gold medal at a global event, announcing in style her comeback from a career-threatening injury, at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey.
Karmakar’s leap of faith on the vaulting table in Rio two years ago gave a new lease of life to Indian gymnastics. Her victory on Sunday is expected to help her confidence soar to a new high.
“This medal is for everyone who never stopped believing in me!”, she said after the overwhelming gold victory.