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7 months after knee injury, Dipa qualifies for vault final in World Cup

7 months after knee injury, Dipa qualifies for vault final in World Cup
Dipa Karmakar qualified for the final of the vault competition in the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Baku on Thursday. file

Baku (Azerbaijan), March 14

Dipa Karmakar made it to the vault final after finishing third in the qualifying round of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup.

The 25-year-old Dipa, who had finished fourth in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, performed a higher-difficulty Handfront 540 vault for the first time in the competition. She scored 14.466 and 14.133 points in the two qualifying round vaults for an average of 14.299. American Jade Carey took the top spot in the qualifying round with an average score of 14.70 while Alexa Moreno of Mexico was second with 14.533. 

The top-8 finishers in the qualification round will compete in the final. The vault final will be held on Saturday. Dipa will also take part in the balanced beam event on Friday. “It’s a good performance by Dipa. Let us hope that she stands on the podium after Saturday’s final and takes one more step towards Olympics qualification,” Gymnastics Federation of India vice-president Riyaz Bhati said.

Dipa had claimed the bronze at the vault event of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany, in November last year. It was her first appearance after recovering from a knee strain, which had forced her to miss the vault final in the Jakarta Asian Games. — PTI 


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