“Dipa Karmakar is the stuff champions are made of,” sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said on Twitter to congratulate ace Indian gymnast after she bagged India’s first-ever gold in the women’s vault event at the Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Turkey on July 8. This was Karmakar’s first medal in a World Challenge Cup.
24-year-old Karmakar, who returned to action after a gap of two years due to injury, scored 14.150 points to secure the top honour. Dipa topped the qualification round with a score of 13.400.
Tripura girl Karmakar had to sit out for two years after undergoing surgery for Anetrior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury which after the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Hi everyone, ek update hai. Mujhe recently practice mein injury hua aur ACL ka surgery hua hai. Rehab shuru hai, jaldi wapis aaungi! :)) pic.twitter.com/wr3pRtOzAr
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) April 4, 2017
Following Karmakar’s rousing comeback, Tweeps congratulate the gymnast and thanked her for ‘making India proud yet again.’
Here are some of the reactions:
Back with a bang and a _#DipaKarmakar is the stuff champions are made of! After battling an injury for the past 2 yrs, she makes a heroic comeback by clinching her first _in the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Turkey! Many Congratulations to her__for making __ proud! pic.twitter.com/cylNEBlfkA
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 8, 2018
From suffering with an Anetrior Cruciate Ligament injury after Rio Olympics to an incredible performance at World Challenge Cup in Turkey and winning gold in the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup.
Congratulations Champion #DipaKarmakar for the gold. So proud of you. Great attitude pic.twitter.com/UIcZsS1cvl
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2018
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) July 8, 2018
T 2861 – CONGRATULATIONS to @DipaKarmakar .. she has won Gold in the World Championships for gymnastics on the Vault .. you proved to the World that what was wrongly denied to you in the Olympics, you won it here .. !! Proud of you .. we are proud Indians because of you ! __ pic.twitter.com/BUgmXl8Not
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 8, 2018
Congratulations to @DipaKarmakar for winning the gold medal at the World Cup Gymnastics in Turkey. We are all so proud of you. Winning on the world stage inspires young girls and boys in India to reach greater heights
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 8, 2018
She first rose to fame when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the Games.
Karmakar will now feature in the Indian gymnastics squad at the upcoming Asian Games.