Indian woman gymnast Dipa Karmakar, 22, scripted history on Sunday night (7th August), as she became the first woman from India to qualify for the finals at the Rio Olympics 2016. She finished 8th in the qualifying rounds to make it to the finals of the competition.
Competing in the third sub-division, she scored had an average score of 51.665. She managed to perform her much-appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts. With this, she was among the top 8, and managed to enter individual vault final and grab a piece of history. The top eight qualify for the final.
Dipa, is also the first Indian woman gymnast to win a Commonwealth Games medal. Additionally, she is also the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics in 52 years. Importantly, she is only the fifth gymnast in history to successfully land the Produnova and score 15.100 (a combination of 7.000 points for difficulty, 8.100 for execution and 0.100 for penalty). Since 2007, Karmakar has won 77 medals including 67 golds, in various competitions (domestic and international).
She has certainly provided India a reason for joy. A medal in the finals would certainly be just the icing on the cake for the girl from Tripura. Best of luck for the finals!!! Deepa will compete in the finals on August 14.