Dipa Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics as she booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event. Dipa Karmakar is a 22-year-old gymnast from Tripura. After scoring 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games Dipa created history.
Earlier Dipa has also won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. This year can be seen as a stepping stone when women it comes to attaining gender parity, at least in sports field. Since Independence only 11 Indian male gymnasts have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964). So this will be the very first for an Indian woman in Olympics.
Coach Bisweshwar Nandi said, “I am satisfied with her performance, and I hope she can qualify. I am told the top 29 girls can qualify, but it depends on a lot of team calculations, so we’ll only know once everyone’s finished.”
Dipa Karmakar first vault, the much difficult, gave Dipa 15.066 points, the highest among the 14 competitors. But a poor show in the uneven bars took her points down as she collected 11.700, the second worse among the 14 participants. The Tripura girl secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises. It was on the beam that Karmakar had sloppily fallen at Glasgow, but to her credit, she earned no penalties at Rio test event, the same venue where Olympics will be held in August.
Congratulations Dipa Karmakar. For Indian sport, this 1st ever Olympic qualification for gymnastics is like a medal https://t.co/sHk0yYtpcC
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) April 18, 2016
After 52 years, Dipa Karmakar became first woman Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympic.
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