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Dipa aggravates knee injury during vault final, to skip Doha World Cup

Press Trust of India  |  Baku (Azerbaijan) 

Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar's hope of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo suffered a jolt after she aggravated her during the vault final at the Artistic here Saturday, forcing her to withdrew from next week's

The 25-year-old from had performed a higher-difficulty Handfront 540 vault , scoring 14.466 and 14.133 points in the two qualifying round for an average of 14.299 to qualify for the vault final at the third position.

But she was left crestfallen after aggravating a while landing during the first vault final.

"She had some problems in her knee before today's final. She was feeling some yesterday but felt better after working with physio. She attempted the vault finals today but fell on her first vault, aggravating the due to undesired landing," (GFI) told

"She did not attempt the second vault due to the injury and finished her campaign at the Baku She will now skip in and come back to for rehabilitation and aim for Asian and World Championships this year."

The two World Cups are part of an eight-event qualifying system for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, under which the gymnasts will make the based on their top three scores.

The Asian Championship is scheduled to be held at from June 13-16, while the is slated from October 4-13 at later this year.

"Dipa can still qualify by doing well at this year," Bhati said.

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

Dipa has been troubled by her knee ever since she finished fourth at She had almost two years of injury lay-off after the Rio Games.

She had an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in and had to skip the Asian Championships at in May last year.

However, returning to action in July, Dipa created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to clinch a gold at a global event when she emerged triumphant at the FIG Artistic World Challenge Cup at Mersin,

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 17:30 IST