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World Cup: Dipa Karmakar aggravates knee injury during vault final


BAKU (Azerbaijan): Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar's hope of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics suffered a jolt after she annoyed her knee harm all over the vault final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup right here on Saturday, forcing her to withdraw from subsequent week's Doha World Cup.

The 25-year-old from Tripura had performed a higher-difficulty Handfront 540 vault, scoring 14.466 and 14.133 issues in the two qualifying round for an average of 14.299 to qualify for the vault final at the third position.

But she was left crestfallen after traumatic a knee harm whilst touchdown all over the primary vault final.

"She had some problems in her knee before today's final. She was feeling some pain yesterday but felt better after working with physio. She attempted the vault finals today but fell on her first vault, aggravating the injury due to undesired landing," Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) vice president Riyaz Bhati instructed PTI.

"She did not attempt the second vault due to the injury and finished her campaign at the Baku World Cup. She will now skip the World Cup in Doha and come back to India for rehabilitation and aim for Asian and World Championships this year."

The two World Cups are a part of an eight-event qualifying gadget for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, below which the gymnasts will make the minimize in accordance with their most sensible three scores.

The Asian Championship is scheduled to be held at Mongolia from June 13-16, whilst the World Championship is slated from October Four-13 at Germany later this 12 months.

"Dipa can still qualify by doing well at World Championship this year," Bhati stated.


Dipa had claimed the bronze at the vault event of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany, in November closing 12 months to gas her Olympic dream. It was her first appearance after convalescing from a knee strain, which had compelled her to leave out the vault final in the Jakarta Asian Games.


Dipa has been troubled through her knee ever since she finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics. She had virtually two years of injury lay-off after the Rio Games.


She had an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgical treatment in Mumbai and had to skip the Asian Championships at Thailand in May closing 12 months.


However, returning to motion in July, Dipa created history through turning into the primary Indian gymnast to clinch a gold at an international event when she emerged triumphant at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.


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