Rio: Dipa Karmakar did the nation proud on Sunday when she became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the Rio Olympics 2016, slated to commence in August.
Karmakar, the 22-year-old gymnast from Tripura, exhibited a strong show as she completed her performance at the final qualifier and Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janiero and finished ninth in the first of the four subdivisions of the women`s artistic category, thus qualifying for the Rio Olympics.
In her first event, the tough Produnova vault, the Indian gymnast scored 15.066 points, the highest number of the 14 competitors. However, a poor show in the uneven bars lowered Karmakar’s overall score, because she was only awarded 11.700 points, to come in second from the bottom.
Karmakar got 13.366 points and 12.566 points in the beam and floor exercises, respectively, to secure a place in the Olympics.
Karmakar qualified after finishing all four apparatus in test event, garnering a total score of 52.698 points. She finished ninth in the first of four subdivisions of the women’s artistic category, thus qualifying for Rio Olympics.
The Tripura girl was unable to clinch an Olympic berth in the World Championships in November last year as she finished outside the podium