Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar qualified for the Vault Finals but B Aruna Reddy suffered a knee injury to end her campaign in disappointment at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany. Dipa, who had an injury-marred campaign at the Asian Games, scored 14.100 to finish at the 6th place out of 16 gymnasts in the qualification.Also Read - Olympics: Which is Heavier, the Wait for Gold, or the Weight of Expectations?
However, Aruna, who had won a bronze medal in the women’s individual vault event at the Melbourne World Cup, hurt her knee during the first vault and was ruled out of the competition. Also Read - Independence Day 2021: Mary Kom to Virender Sehwag, How Sports Fraternity Wished Fans on 75th I-Day
“Aruna was going to perform a higher difficulty vault. In warm up, she was confident but unfortunately, during the competition, her landing was little early and it hurt her knee. So she didnt performs the second vault. She is going for MRI today,” said Riyaz Ahmed Bhati, Vice-President of Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI). Also Read - Injury-Free Dipa Karmakar Sets Sights on Next Year's Tokyo Olympics
Among Indian men gymnasts, Rakesh Patra scored 14.000 points on the Rings and finished at the 14th place out of 29 gymnasts, while Ashish couldn’t produce his best, signing off at the 24th spot out of 37 gymnasts with a score of 13.200.
The second day of the competition will see Dipa on Beam, Rakesh on Parallel Bars and Ashish on Vault. The Cottbus event is part of an eight-event qualifying system for the 2020 Olympics under which the gymnasts will make the cut based on their top three scores.