Dipa Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics by scoring 52.698 points at the Olympics qualifying event in Rio de Janeiro.
Apart from being the first Indian woman, the 22-year-old gymnast will also be the first Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years.Since the independence of the country, 11 Indian male gymnast have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964) but this will be the first for an Indian woman at the Olympics.
The International Federation of Gymnastics (Federation Internationale de Gymnastique) has confirmed Dipa’s Rio Games qualification in its official release.
“Following the Women’s Qualification Competition at the Gymnastics Test Event in Rio, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) herewith confirms the list of nations and individual gymnasts that have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” the organization said in its release.
Dipa has been listed as the 79th gymnast among individual qualifiers in the list of women’s artistic gymnast who have qualified for the Rio Olympics.
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.
The Tripura girl secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises.
Deepak Kagra, an international referee, said that after’s Dipa’s strong performance it was certain that she would qualify for Rio Olympics.
Dipa had created history by becoming the first woman gymnast to win a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. She also became the first Indian
woman gymnast to feature in the finals of World Championships in November last.
(With PTI inputs)