After a medal-less Commonwealth games for the Indian gymnasts, there is some good news to follow as Dipa Karmakar has made her way into the 10-member Indian Gymnastics squad for Asian Games 2018.
Karmakar opted for produnova “death vault” in women’s vault finals at the Rio Olympics where she narrowly missed out on a possible bronze medal. However, it caused a career ending injury, which kept her out of action for almost 2 years. She underwent an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in April 2017. She will return to action in the Asian Games after the 2016 Olympics.
Her coach Bisweshwar had pulled Karmakar out of the Commonwealth Games trial as she was nowhere near full fitness.
The men and women squads in the artistic gymnastics were picked yesterday after the two-day trials concluded at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi
Karmakar showcased her form and excelled in the trials. She was followed by Pranati Das, Aruna Reddy, Mandira Chowdhury and Pranati Nayak, who all have also made the Asian Games squad.
In men’s section Rakesh Patra topped the men’s trials ahead of Yogeshwar Singh, Gaurav Kumar, Ashish Kumar and Siddharth Verma.
The squad for rhythmic gymnastics will be announced today.
Karmakar and Patra are expected to take part in a competition in Turkey next month ahead of the August 18-September 2 Asian Games.
Indian Gymnastics squad for Asian Games 2018
Women- Dipa Karmakar, Pranati Das, Aruna Reddy, Mandira Chowdhury and Pranati Nayak.
Men: Rakesh Patra, Yogeshwar Singh, Gaurav Kumar, Ashish Kumar and Siddharth Verma.