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Dipa looks beyond Produnova, eyes CWG gold with handspring 540

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) She became synonymous with the Produnova after her path-breaking show at the Rio Olympics but ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar may switch from the vault of death to Handspring 540 at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. After the high of Rio Games, where she claimed a historic fourth place finish, the Tripura gymnast has not competed anywhere due to an Anterior Crucial Ligament (ACL) injury in her right knee. She underwent a surgery in April and has already missed the Asian Championship. She will skip the upcoming World Championship in Canada too and return to action only at next years CWG in Australia. Karmakar, who celebrated her 24th birthday yesterday, revealed that work has begun to add a new vault to her skills. “There is a Handspring 540 degree turn which could be there (at CWG). Its a twist movement in the air. In the handspring front movement, its the most difficult vault but below Produnova,” Karmakar told PTI in an interview. Asked why such a change was considered since she is known as the Produnova girl, the diminutive gymnast said, “I just had an ACL tear so I dont want to take pressure. My main target is 2020 Olympics. If I can perform this Handspring 540 with perfection I can win a medal (at CWG). Produnova will also continue.” She figures among the only five gymnasts in the world who have successfully attempted Produnova, named after Russian star Yelena Produnova. Karmakar, winner of a bronze in the last CWG edition in Glasgow, also dismissed suggestions that having missed action for long would adversely affect her medal chances in the April 4-15 event in Gold Coast. “Thats not an issue since its all about practice. The standard of competition will be known to me after the World Championship. I will get to know what I need to practice, so I dont need to compete to know it. “Maybe I had a grade II tear before the Rio Games and it became grade III after Rio. Its normal in sportspersons life. The only thing is that the my practice time for CWG has been reduced by three to four months.” Her coach Bishweswar Nandi, who is overseeing her rehabilitation programme, further explained why he chose a new vault for his ward. “She already knows two vaults and now I am teaching her a third one. She can perform any two but which two, that we have not decided. The basic training (for Handspring 540) has begun and after two months she will start performing. “We will remove one vault. It will be difficult to leave Produnova but it could be (taken off). Lets see. There are chances to get more points by performing it (Handspring 540) with perfection. But Produnova is Produnova, if you can land perfectly, nothing can beat it, so we wont leave Produnova. “It all depends on how she shapes up in the next five months. If she can get perfection, then we will have a choice. Produnova could be there, it could not be there,” Nandi said. There are five vault categories in the womens gymnastics and an athlete is required to perform two different vaults to qualify for the finals. So far, Karmakar has mastered Tsukahara 720 and Handspring double front, which includes Produnova move. “After two months, I can enter the field, the rehabilitation is going well. I have to take my performance back to the top level. Its been four months that I have not practised. I have begun now and mostly it is swimming, multi gym, strengthening,” Karmakar, who is pursuing a Masters degree in Political Science, said. Coach Nandi said it is not because of the knee injury that they have considered leaving Produnova. “Rehab will only make her stronger. Shes out for six months. It depends on her fitness and body movements.” He also revealed how desperate, Karmakar is begin her practice. “When she decides to learn something she will do everything to learn that. After injury, she came to me many times crying and said sir, When will I start training again. I dont like just sitting when all others are practising. But I said no, if doctor has advised six months rest, we will start only after six months.” Asked about plans for her biography, she said, “Again it is my coachs decision. If he says sit here I will sit, if he says stand there, I will stand. Its that kind of a relationship with him.” At 24, she knows what it means to be a celebrity. “My life has not changed but its peoples perspective towards me which has changed (after Rio). They know me now, they know my sport. I have got a lot of support from Meraki Sport, Go Sports, SAI and I cant say enough about support from my coaches and parents.” PTI AT PM PMadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Santos: Portugal got carried away

first_imgPortugal Santos: Portugal fortunate to survive Hungary test Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 08:04 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernando Santos - cropped Getty Images Portugal WC Qualification Europe Hungary v Portugal Hungary The Portugal manager questioned his players’ approach to their narrow victory in World Cup qualifying Portugal boss Fernando Santos admitted his side “got carried away” with trying to kill off Hungary in Sunday’s crucial 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Budapest.Andre Silva’s header ensured the European champions remained within three points of Group B leaders Switzerland, but the margin of victory was slimmer than expected following Tamas Priskin’s first-half sending off.European WCQ odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Ferencvaros forward was shown a straight card for elbowing veteran defender Pepe in the face, leaving the hosts to battle for an hour with only 10 men.Santos’ side failed to put the contest to bed despite their advantage, and the 62-year-old questioned his players’ approach.”We were by far the best team on the pitch for the first 30 minutes,” Santos told RTP.”After the dismissal of [Priskin], I do not know what happened … we let ourselves get carried away by very aggressive football and then we lost the next 15 minutes.”At the interval I told them not to lose their focus.”We came back very well afterwards and we scored the goal and from then on we had control of the game, but it was always a dangerous situation.”André Silva has 9 goals in 15 @selecaoportugal caps pic.twitter.com/BlsptaDEnW— European Qualifiers (@EuroQualifiers) September 3, 2017Portugal next visit Andorra in October before returning home to take on Switzerland in a clash that will likely determine who progresses directly to Russia 2018.However, Santos insists Portugal — who boast a far superior goal difference — will not be getting ahead of themselves with two matches to play.”Now there are two finals left. The first is in Andorra, which will be more complicated than many think,” he said.last_img read more

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