After winning return, Dipa Karmakar faces challenges

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Written by Shivani Naik
| Mumbai |
Published: July 9, 2018 12:53:55 am


Dipa Karmakar is some distance away from returning to the Produnova vault, but the Indian will take it a step at a time if Tokyo is her ultimate goal. (Source: File Photo)

That Dipa Karmakar is charging towards the vault again and scored a respectable 8.7 and 8.6 in execution, without penalty points, should bring an almighty relief to those following the Indian gymnast’s career. The 24-year-old returned from a long layoff, where she underwent a career-threatening knee injury and surgery, to start with a gold medal on the vault at Mersin in Turkey, claiming the World Challenge Cup title with an averages score of 14.150.

The competition was far off the global stage that Dipa had lit up at the Rio Games with her fourth-place finish. But Dipa and coach Bisweshwar Nandi…

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