Kar­makar, Patra in fo­cus

Sportstar - - GYMNASTICS PREVIEW - Y. B. SARANGI

Most mem­o­rable mo­ment:

In­dia’s tally at Asian Games:

Gold medals avail­able at Jakarta­palem­bang:

In gym­nas­tics, In­dia’s medal hopes hinge on two ath­letes — Dipa Kar­makar and Rakesh Patra. Kar­makar — who won bronze medals at the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow and the 2015 Asian cham­pi­onships in Hiroshima be­fore miss­ing an Olympics medal by a whisker at the 2016 Rio Games — re­cently cap­tured at­ten­tion by land­ing a gold medal at the World Chal­lenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey. Her per­for­mance there was a tes­ti­mony to her grit — the diminu­tive gym­nast had made a come­back fol­low­ing knee surgery.

Kar­makar, who re­newed at­ten­tion on the dou­ble­front som­er­sault Pro­dunova vault — the vault of death that is con­sid­ered the hard­est in women’s gym­nas­tics — has had to forego the risky rou­tine, which used to fetch her more dif­fi­culty points, in or­der to pro­tect her knee. Also, a re­duc­tion in dif­fi­culty points from 7 to 6.4 for the ma­noeu­vre was an­other rea­son be­hind Kar­makar’s de­ci­sion to take a break from the Pro­dunova.

For the highly com­pet­i­tive Asian Games, where ath­letes from China, Ja­pan, Uzbek­istan and Kaza­khstan are ex­pected to set the bar high, Kar­markar must fine­tune her ex­e­cu­tion in or­der to stay in the hunt for a medal.

On the men’s side, Patra, who has been the best In­dian male gym­nast in re­cent times, can give a good fight to elite gym­nasts from China and Ja­pan in his favourite event — the rings. He needs to keep his com­po­sure while per­form­ing the dis­mount and aim to achieve a clean land­ing. In­dia’s other rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clude Ashish Ku­mar, who won bronze medals in the floor rou­tine at the 2010 Asian and Com­mon­wealth Games, and World Cup bronze medal win­ner B. Aruna Reddy.

Teams

Ashish Ku­mar, Sid­dharth Verma, Yo­gesh­war Singh, Gau­rav Ku­mar and Rakesh Patra.

Dipa Kar­makar, Pra­nati Nayak, Aruna Budda Reddy, Pra­nati Das and Mandira Hazra Chowd­hury.

Men:

Women:

PTI

Pro­tec­tive mea­sure: Dipa Kar­makar, who re­newed at­ten­tion on the dou­ble­front som­er­sault Pro­dunova vault, has had to forego the risky rou­tine in or­der to pro­tect her knee.

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