After becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar has scripted yet another history
as she also became the first Indian to make it to the finals.
In what is Dipa’s debut Olympic Games, she managed to finish 8th in the qualifying round of the vault – apparatus.
A nervous Dipa had taken the floor on August 7 and in her very first attempt managed to perform her much-appreciated ‘ Produnova
Dipa performing her much-appreciated ‘ Produnova ‘ vault. Reuters
Though her landing a tad bit too low, she had been able to secure a score of 14.850 points in her two attempts.
While the score had landed her in the sixth position, there were still two more sub-divisions to take place and thus it was a nervous wait for the Indians.
Her position later dropped to 8th (the final qualifying position) when Canadian Shallon Olsen managed to secure a score of 14.950, but it still enough to secure Dipa’s place in the finals for the vault event.
The finals are scheduled for August 14, when the top-8 will start the cut for the medal round.
Dipa had secured a high score of 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her very first attempt, but the difficulty score had dropped a tad bit lower at 6.000 in the second attempt when she attempted a ‘Tsuk double full twist’ with a step to the side.
Her biggest competition in the finals would be three-time world champion Simone Biles who topped the charts with a sensational score of 16.050.