While our top athletes faded away, Young Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian to enter gymnastics individual vault finals after finishing 8th in the qualifying round at Rio Olympics 2016.This was her debut Olympics
Dipa Karmakar, a 22-year-old Tripura-girl managed to perform her incredible ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly by securing 14.850 points after two attempts.Firstly,She had ended sixth after the third of five subdivisions.Later,after a nervous wait, she dropped to 8th when Canadian Shallon Olsen’s terrific effort of 14.950 altered the overall standings.
She landed on her Produnova vault in the first attempt but with a low score, while her second vault was a ‘Tsuk double full twist’ with a step to the side.This was just attempted to secure her a place in the finals scheduled for August 14 and hope to perform at her best in the finals and bag a medal.
American champion Simone Biles topped the charts with a sensational score of 16.050. The Three-time world all-around scored a brilliant 9.700 on execution in both her attempts
North Korean (15.683) Jong Un Hong secured second place followed by Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber (15.266).
While in the other disciplines, Dipa obtained 11.666 for her effort on the uneven bars, scoring low on difficulty but decent on execution. Later, Dipa scored 12.866 on the balance beam.The floor exercise fetched a score of 12.033, which also included a penalty of 0.300
She is also the first Indian woman gymnast to win a Commonwealth Games medal and stood a poor 47th in the overall standings with a combined score of 51.665.
The eight gymnasts who secured highest individual scores in each apparatus move to the final compete for an individual event title in that discipline.
Dipa expressed extreme happiness and hope to win in the final.