Star gymnast Dipa Karmakar will not participate in women’s artistic gymnastics final at the ongoing Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia after a career-threatening knee injury flared up again. On Tuesday, Dipa made the cut in the balance beam as India also booked a berth in the title round of the team competition in Jakarta.
“…there was risk of a dangerous injury, so she could not be her best. We will give her rest from the team event but she will definitely do well in (balancing) beam finals,” Dipa’s coach Bisweswar Nandi told PTI.
Asked if competing in beam finals will affect the knee adversely, Nandi said, “No, the landing is not hard on balancing beam.”
Explaining how the injury flared up, Nandi said, “On Monday she started feeling a jerk in her knee while landing. The surface here is hard and the one in Delhi was soft (foam) which would absorb the jerk.
“We consulted the IOA doctor here and he advised that she should not push, otherwise it will aggravate.”
Meanwhile, Dipa blamed it on a jerk felt during the ‘podium practice’ and insisted she will strive to make up for the lost opportunity by shining in the balancing beam finals. “I felt jerk during podium training. I could not do my best. I had trained hard for this,” Dipa said.
Dipa, who had narrowly missed a bronze in the vault final in the 2016 Rio Olympics, had failed to qualify for the vault final after finishing eighth in her pet event’s qualification round with a score of 13.225.
She could not qualify in the vault final as her two compatriots Pranati Nayak (13.425) and Aruna Budda Reddy (13.350) finished above her at sixth and seventh respectively.
Only two competitors from a country can qualify for the final round. Fang Ko-Ching (13.050) of Chinese Taipei, who finished below Dipa at ninth, benefited from ‘two from one country rule’ as she made it to the finals.
Dipa, however, made it to the balance beam final after finishing seventh with a score of 12.750. Dipa, Pranati Nayak, Aruna and Pranati Das competed for India.
(With PTI inputs)