India’s 22-Year-Old Gymnast Dipa Karmakar Creates History, Vaults Into Rio Olympics 2016
Dipa Karmakar got her name etched in the history be becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics. Being selected Rio Olympics games this year, the 22-year-old garnered a total score of 52.698 points.
Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years, reports The Times of India.
11 Indian male gymnasts have participated 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, since 1947.
Her first vault, Produnova, gave Dipa 15.066 points, the highest among the 14 competitors. This vault has been mastered by 5 women in the world so far, and Dipa is one of them. Unfortunately a poor show in the uneven bars took her points down as she collected 11.700, the second worst among the 14 participants.
The Tripura girl secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises.