Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian to qualify for final of artistic Gymnastics

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On the 2nd day of Rio Olympics, Dipa Karmakar, a gymnast from India created history as she becomes the first ever Indian gymnast to qualify for individual vault finals in her Debut Olympics.

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2016 Rio Olympics – Artistic Gymnastics – Preliminary – Women’s Qualification – Subdivisions – Rio Olympic Arena – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 07/08/2016. Dipa Karmakar (IND) of India competes on the floor exercise during the women’s qualifications. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

She qualified with an average score of 14.850 in her specialty, the Vault apparatus, and grabbed the 8th position to advance to the finals making the country proud.

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 a step to the side.

Karmakar said “As the Produnova vault was the first thing I attempted today and it did not go as expected, it immediately put me in a bad mood, It wasn’t very good. I was hoping for a better score from the first vault and because it was low, I was really disappointed. My landing had been better in training. My hip touched the mat today which wasn’t in the plans” she added “That I have reached the final is an amazing achievement. My coach is very happy because I executed what he had taught me to do”.

The final action will take place on Sunday evening now.  Top eight from each apparatus qualify for finals. There were overall five subdivisions and Dipa competed in the third subdivision.

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