Returning to action after nearly two years, Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar made an impressive comeback by winning the gold at the World Challenger Cup in June 2018. She created history by being the second Indian gymnast to clinch a gold medal at a global event.
The 25 year old from Tripura had finished fourth in the vault event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. And the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in August 2016.
Dipa Karmakar introduced India to ‘Produnova’, as vault technique that is difficult enough to be named the ‘vault of death.’ Till date, the vault is considered one of the hardest acts performed in women’s artistic gymnastics. She is among five women in the sport’s history to have successfully performed the “Vault of Death”.
The Produnova is an artistic gymnastics vault consisting of a front handspring onto the vaulting horse and two front somersaults off. It is the hardest vault performed in women’s artistic gymnastics.