Gymnast Dipa Karmakar on Monday became the first Indian in 52 years to reach individual vault finals in her debut Olympics after finishing eighth in the qualifying round at Rio 2016. Dipa Karmakar, who is also India’s first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to secure 14.850
Dipa Karmakar scored 12.866 for her performance on the balance beam. The floor exercise fetched Dipa a score of 12.033, which also included a 0.300 penalty. Three-time world all-round champion Simone Biles topped the charts with score of 16.050. The American scored a brilliant 9.700 on execution in both her attempts. North Korea’s Jong Un Hong was a distant second after securing 15.683 followed by Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber (15.266).
Dipa Karmakar first Indian woman gymnast to win a Commonwealth Games medal, Dipa stood a poor 47th in the all-round standings with a combined score of 51.665. The eight gymnasts with the highest individual scores in each apparatus move on to compete for an individual event title in that apparatus. The finals of Dipa Karmakar will be held on August 14, Sunday.
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