Dipa Karmakar, who rose to fame during the Rio Olympics has had to undergo knee surgery that will rule her out of next month's Asian Championships. Karmakar raised the nation's hopes but could only manage a fourth place finish in the Women's vault event, missing out on a medal by a score of 0.150.
Karmakar suffered an injury during a practice session that resulted in her having to undergo an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in Mumbai. The 23-year-old was expected to participate in the Asian Championships in Thailand from May 18 but that will not be possible anymore. Karmakar was one of the favorites for a medal in Thailand.
Karmakar used Twitter to tell her fans about the new development. She wrote, "Hi everyone, there is an update. I recently got injured during practice and underwent an ACL surgery. Rehabilitation has started and I will be back soon."
Karmakar was the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics and successfully landed a Produnova vault - a maneuver successfully completed by just four women before her. She had also created history by becoming the first Indian female gymnast to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games when she won the bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Games.
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