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Karmakar Hopes For Good Karma in New Year
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IG Online's annual series of holiday-themed features continues with this profile on two-time World Cup vault finalist Dipa Karmakar of India, who placed 18th on vault at this fall's world championships.

IG Online's annual series of holiday-themed features continues with this profile on two-time World Cup vault finalist Dipa Karmakar of India, who placed 18th on vault at this fall's world championships.

Karmakar swept all five gold medals at this year's Indian gymnastics championships, but told IG her most memorable moment of 2013 was her solid vault performance at the world championships in Antwerp. She placed 18th in qualifications, where she performed a high piked barani and a full-twisting Tsukahara.


Karmakar swept all five gold medals at the 2013 Indian Gymnastics Championships

"Actually I was very satisfied on vault, as it was my best event," said Karmakar, who was 32nd on vault at the 2009 Worlds in London and 21st on vault at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo.

Born Aug. 9, 1993, in Agartala, Karmakar is coached by Bisweswar Nandi at the NSRCC Club in her hometown. She placed seventh on vault at the 2010 Doha World Cup in Qatar and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi; and eighth on vault at the 2010 Ghent World Cup in Belgium and the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. In 2011, Karmakar was 11th on vault at the Ghent World Challenge Cup.

Karmakar now wants to make the leap from vault finalist to vault medalist in international meets in the coming years.

"I have not achieved an international medal for India," said Karmakar, whose father, Dulal Karmakar, is Sports Authority of India's weightlifting coach. "But it is my hope for the future of India to win a medal at the (2014) Commonwealth Games in Scotland, and participate in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and hopefully win a medal."

Karmakar, who placed 63rd all-around in qualifications in Antwerp, said she favors vault but wants to improve her all-around status, too. Her top skills in Antwerp included a punch front and layout gainer dismount off the end on balance beam; and an Arabian double front, 2 1/2 twist and double tuck on floor exercise.

"I love and enjoy doing vault, and am well-focused on vault because I feel like it is my best event," Karmakar said. "For 2014, I want a Commonwealth Games medal and get a good all-around ranking at the world championship, at least better than 45th place."

To achieve that goal, Karmakar is committed to more hard work in 2014.

"My resolution for the new year is to improve and make my uneven bars routine strong," she said.

Teammates will play a big role when Karmakar welcomes 2014.

"At present I am at an Indian training camp that continues (into 2014), so obviously I will celebrate the new year at camp with my coach and all of my gymnastics friends," she said.

Karmakar said she plans to train and compete provided she stays healthy.

"As long as my body cooperates, I will try my best to give my best," she told IG.

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A Big fan of Dipa Karmakar, an Indian Artistic Gymnast attained 4th position in Women's Vault Gymnastics at Olympics 2016.
 
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