After 52 years, Dipa Karmakar is adding a new chapter in Indian gymnastics by qualifying for Olympics
She is the first Indian to qualify for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years. The Most notable point here is, she is the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the quadrennial event. Meet Dipa Karmakar from Tripura, who has created a new chapter in the Indian gymnastics.
The road to reach this level wasn’t easy at all for this 22-year-old Tripura girl. Her first vault, the much difficult Produnova, 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. Dipa Karmakar scored a total of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event.
It was very difficult, but I have got a great mentor because of whom, I am here. Without him, nobody would have known my name. To achieve something, you have to take risk. I am thankful that special arrangements were made at the IG Stadium where I practiced and learnt Produnova vault. Otherwise, it would have been impossible, so I am thankful to the Sports Authority of India, said Dipa Karmakar.
Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian female gymnast to win a medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She also won a bronze at the Asian Championships in Hiroshima. Dipa reached the final round of the 2015 World Championships and finished fifth.
Dipa Karmakar, the 22-year-old from Tripura became the first Indian to qualify for the Individual vault finals in Gymnastics on 7th Aug 2016 at the Rio Olympics. No Indian woman before Dipa had qualified for a Gymnastics event at the Olympics.