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Dipa creates history, becomes first Indian to win gold in global event

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Returning to action after a lay-off of nearly two years due to an injury, today created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to clinch a gold at a global event, as she emerged triumphant in the event of FIG Artistic World Challenge Cup at Mersin,

The 24-year-old from Tripura, who had finished fourth in event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win the top prize. She had topped the qualification with a score of 13.400.

This is Dipa's first medal in a World Challenge Cup.

"This is history and Dipa has created it. She is now the first Indian gymnast to win a gold in a world level event," Federation of told

In her first attempt, Dipa had a difficulty score of 5.400 while collecting 8.700 in execution for a total of 14.100. She improved the score in her second attempt to 14.200 (5.600+8.600), giving her a total average of 14.150.

Rifda Irfanaluthfi of clinched the silver with 13.400 points while local participant Goksu Uctas Sanli took the bronze with a score of 13.200.

Dipa, who is being accompanied by her Bisheshwar Nandi, missed out on another medal as she finished fourth in the balance beam event. She had made the balance beam finals after finishing third in the qualification with a score of 11.850.

Dipa had suffered an Anetrior Cruciate after the Rio and had undergone a She was initially confident of making a comeback at but rehabilitation took more time than expected and she missed the event.

Meanwhile, missed out on a medal in the men's rings event finals as he finished fourth with a score of 13.650. of the host country won the gold with a total score of 15.100 while Romanian (14.600) and Dutchman (14.300) took the silver and bronze respectively.

Rakesh also competed in the parallel bars finals but finished fifth. Dipa and Rakesh are the only two Indians who competed in the tournament.

World Challenge Cup series is an important competition in the calendar of International Federation. There are six events in the World Challenge Cup series this year and this is the fourth leg of the season.

Both Dipa and Rakesh have been included in the 10-member Indian gymnastics team for the upcoming

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 20:25 IST