India's Dipa Karmakar (courtesy a score of 14.316) claimed bronze in the vault event on Day Three of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany. What makes her effort more special is this was her comeback trail post injury. Earlier in 2018, Dipa had clawed her way back from an almost two-year injury lay-off to attain gold in the vault event at FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey. Talking about her latest achievement, Dipa secured bronze whereas Brazil's Rebeca Andrade won gold (score of 14.728) while USA's Jade Carey (14.516) bagged silver.
With this performance, the Indian has made amends and in contention for qualification to 2020 Olympics. "Dipa has done well in the first tournament. She will be traveling to two more events out of Australia, Doha, and Baku. But this event was the toughest. Congratulations to her coach Bisweshwar Nandi. They have made the country proud. Now Olympics is not far," said Riyaz Ahmed Bhati, Vice-President of Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI).
Following her performance, Dipa tweeted:
Bronze medal ????in vault event to finish my campaign at 2018 Cottibus World Cup. It was overwhelming to compete against some of the best athletes in the world!! Aaj ye bronze bhi gold lag raha hai! ???????? pic.twitter.com/WOZS3lSRZM
Dipa stated, "I am also thankful to the sports ministry and SAI for showing faith." On the other hand, Dipa felt overwhelmed after competing with such top class gymnasts and rated her bronze no less than a gold. She further thanked her coach, her parents, her physio, Sports Ministry and the Gymnastics Federation for their unconditional support.
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