Cementing her status as one of the world’s best rising talents, Dipa Karmakar stole the show yet again by finishing in 10th position in Vault at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships that were held in China.
World Gymnastics Performance
With an average of 14.483, Dipa Karmakar finished just 0.217 short of 8th-placed Swiss Giulia Steingruber and was the second reserve for the final. Finishing in the top 10 at the world level is indeed creditable, as India does not have a great history or pedigree in this sport. However Dipa Karmakar was gunning for a better position and if not for the injury that she was carrying, Dipa would have probably been part of the finals.
At the same time, there’s much thinking to do for the Gymnastics Federation of India to nurture and develop talent in our country as all the other Indian gymnasts were placed very low in the overall rankings.
A Promising Season By a Gutsy Performer
It has been a memorable season for the 21-year-old Tripura girl and this 10th place finish is another feather in Dipa karmakar’s cap.We got to witness the resolve and pluck of Dipa Karmakar as she participated in both the Asian Games and the World Championships despite a hairline ankle fracture.
Earlier in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Dipa Karmakar emerged as the best gymnast from the country becoming the first Indian woman to capture a gymnastics medal at the quadrennial event with her third place finish in vault. But that vault to glory also led to the ankle injury.
In spite of doctors’ advice to skip the Asian Games the extremely determined girl refused to give up and carried on her preparations with the help of painkillers. She put up a wonderful display in Incheon and her dangerous and yet famous two-and-a-half somersault (Produnova) was exhibited again in the Asiad. Unfortunately Dipa lost a vital point while landing because her hand touched the ground. Dipa did come back from Incheon with the best Indian performance in gymnastics as she finished fourth.
Coming back to the World Championships. The initial vault Dipa Karmakar did not go too well. She registered only a 13.866 in her first attempt but it was her second vault that pushed her into the top 10.
Dipa Karmakar once again landed the Produnova on her second vault. The Produnova is an artistic gymnastics vault with the highest possible difficulty level. It involves a front handspring followed by two front somersaults. This is one of the toughest and riskiest vaults and only four women have successfully completed the Produnova, including the pioneer after whom the jump is named, Elena Produnova.
Just watch this video to see how tough the actual vault is. Dipa has truly broken new ground for India at Gymnastics, by her continued success in this difficult art.
The World Cup Result
On the second attempt, Dipa landed the Produnova with accuracy and scored a 15.100 which bettered her average to 14.483 and ensured that she made the top ten.
Here is wishing Dipa Karmakar a long, successful and safe career as she hones her craft in a sport that looks so aesthetic and is yet very dangerous and demanding.