Produnova vault is risky, but so is the sport: Dipa Karmakar’s coach
Dipa Karmakar successfully completed the Produnova move to land her second major international medal and became the first Indian woman gymnast to book an Olympic berth.other sports Updated: Apr 23, 2016 23:10 IST
“This girl might make the vault finals in Rio,” says a post on thegymter.net, an online hangout for people associated with gymnastics.
It was posted minutes after Dipa Karmakar successfully completed the Produnova move to land her second major international medal and became the first Indian woman gymnast to book an Olympic berth.
Named after Yelena Produnova, the routine is considered very dangerous among the community as a slight miscalculation could land the gymnast with debilitating injuries or even death. The danger quotient also makes it a rare manoeuvre to the extent that Dipa is only the fifth Gymnast to have attempted this routine.
And yet, Dipa was the toast of the Rio Olympic Centre after she pulled off the front handspring to go with two front somersaults. It starts with a difficulty score of 7.000, the highest in the discipline because it is very difficult to flip your body twice in the air and land on your feet. And so gymnasts attempt the Produnova as it can get higher rewards and a chance to leapfrog opponents.
“It is a risk that we have to take,” says Bishweshwar Nandi, the coach who has nurtured the Tripura girl’s talent from formative years.
“We have to take this risk because we are not a strong nation when it comes to gymnastics. Dipa attempts Produnova because it can get her bigger points and a chance to enter the finals of tournaments,” he added.
Nandi is cautious to term Produnova the most dangerous in the game. “Our sport in general is very dangerous. I have seen people falling down from horizontal bars and Roman Rings and die. So Produnova is as safe or dangerous like any other routine of our game,” he explains.
First Published: Apr 22, 2016 17:06 IST