Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics
Dipa Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics as she booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event.
The 22-year-old garnered a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro.
Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years.
Since the independence of the country, 11 Indian male gymnast have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964) but this will be the first for an Indian woman at the Olympics.
The International Federation of Gymnastics (Federation Internationale de Gymnastique) 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 who have qualified for the Rio Olympics.
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At a glance : Dipa Karmakar
⇒ Dipa Karmakar was born on 9 August 1993 in Agartala, Tripura. She started practising gymnastics when she was 6 years old.
⇒ She has been coached by veteran Bisbeshwar Nandi. Dipa's father was a SAI coach and he wanted her to try gymnastics, so he introduced her to despite her being reluctant.
⇒ She had Flat feet when she first enrolled into gymnastics , which is not good for a gymnast as it affects the spring in the jump so she along with her coach worked very, very hard to get the curve in her feet.
⇒ In 2007 she won at the Junior Nationals in Jalpaiguri which furthered her passion for the sport. Since 2007, Dipa has won 77 medals including 67 gold, in state, national and international championships.
⇒ She came to recognition when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held at Glasgow becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the games.
⇒ She is also one of the five women that have successfully landed the very difficult Produnova vault in competition, also holding the highest score amongst all (15.100 ) in her attempt.
⇒ She also won a bronze at the Asian Gymnastics Championships and finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships both a first for India and finally she became the first Indian women gymnast ever to secure an Olympic berth.