On the verge of earning her country, India, its first medal at the Rio Olympics, Dipa Karmakar fell short of one by an agonizing 0.15 points. The South Asian nation’s only gymnast took fourth place in Sunday’s vault final, just behind Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber.
Furthermore, speaking to the Press Trust of India, the 23-year-old struck an optimistic note and set her sights on the next edition of the Games.
“For me this is my first Olympics,” she said. “But I don’t need to be disappointed, I will give my best in Tokyo 2020.”
India is proud of Dipa Karmakar for her extraordinary performance in Rio Olympics. Not much time after becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, she bagged the gold in vaults finals at the test event of the Rio Games on Monday.
22-year-old Dipa scored 14.833 as her best effort to finish first in the women’s vaults (test) finals and win the gold in a rare such feat by an Indian gymnast in a global event.
Gymnastics officials said that Dipa’s feat was the first time an Indian woman clinched a gold in a global gymnastic competition.
“No Indian has ever won a gold at a global event earlier. She has qualified for the Olympics and then has won a gold now. It is fantastic stuff,” international referee Deepak Kagra said.
Earlier, Dipa created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics. She then booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event.
The Tripura girl got a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to reserve a place for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games to be held here in the month of August.
Apart from one history ice-breaker that she is the first Indian woman, she qualified for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years.
Since the independence of the country, 11 Indian male gymnast have taken part in the Olympics. She is the first Indian woman at the Olympics.
Finally, The International Federation of Gymnastics has confirmed Dipa’s Rio Games qualification in its official release.
Dipa has been listed as the 79th gymnast among individual qualifiers in the list of women’s artistic gymnast. Furthermore, we wish her the best for her future.
She has made the country proud with her exceptional perseverance and determination. Moreover, she has made every parent of a daughter proud in the country! A great inspiring example has been set for the girls and women worldwide. As a result, more girls will come up to live their dreams. Kudos to Dipa Karmakar!
Watch the video clip with Dipa’s extraordinary performance here.