Rio 2016: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar Becomes 1st Indian To Qualify For Vault Finals

Dipa Karmakar

Dipa Karmakar has become the first Indian to enter gymnastics individual vault finals in her debut Olympics after finishing eighth in the qualifying round at Rio 2016. #GoGirl

She is the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympics after finishing 8th in the qualifying round. Tripura-born Karmakar managed to perform her much-appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts.

Dipa secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt. Her score for difficulty was a tad lower at 6.000 in the second attempt. She landed low on her Produnova vault in the first attempt, while her second vault was a ‘Tsuk double full twist’ with step to the side.

It was a nervous wait for the Indian after that. She had ended sixth after the third of five sub-divisions. She dropped to 8th eventually when Canadian Shallon Olsen’s terrific effort of 14.950 rejigged the overall standings. But that was just about enough to secure her a place in the finals scheduled for August 14 as the top-eight made the cut for the medal round.

Indians watching the live telecast were upset because Star Sports was not focussing on her performance leading Twitter to come out in droves to criticise.