Tripura girl Dipa Karmakar created history as she became the first ever Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.
In the final qualifier of the Olympic Test event in Rio de Janeiro, she put up an impressive show.
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On April 17, she finished ninth in the first of the four subdivisions of the women’s artistic category.
Dipa garnered a total score of 52.698 points. Her first vault, the much difficult Produnova, gave Dipa 15.066 points, the highest among the 14 competitors. But a poor show in the uneven bars took her points down as she collected 11.700, the second worse among the 14 participants.
The Tripura girl secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises. Gymnastic officials said that her Rio Games berth is more or less assured after he strong show.
In November last year, The 22-year-old missed out to book a place in the Rio Olympics by finishing fifth. But this time, Dipa ensured nothing went wrong. “This Test event had participants from 33 countries and since her score is above the participants of at least three countries, she will finish in the top 30 country-wise. That is enough for her to qualify for Rio Olympics,” international referee Deepak Kagra said.
Dipa had created history by becoming the first woman gymnast to win a medal — a bronze — in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. She then became the first Indian woman gymnast to feature in the finals of World Championships in November last.