Dipa Karmakar bags gold at Rio event after Olympic qualification

first_imgDipa Karmakar didn’t stop after creating history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics, as she bagged the gold medal in vaults finals at the test event of the Rio Games.The 22-year-old scored 14.833 in her best effort to finish first in vaults finals and also achieving a rare feat by an Indian gymnast in a global arena. Karmakar won gold in the first attempt and she scored 14.566 in her second and last try. (Sachin Tendulkar congratulates Dipa Karmakar on Olympic qualification )Gymnastics officials said that Dipa Karmakar’s feat was the first time an Indian woman clinched a gold in a global gymnastic competition.”No Indian has ever won a gold at a global event earlier and Dipa’s gold is the first time this is happening. She has qualified for the Olympics and then has won a gold now. It is fantastic stuff,” international referee Deepak Kagra told PTI.Earlier in the day, 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 here.The Tripura girl 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 here in August. (10 things to know about gymnast Dipa Karmakar )Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 years.advertisementSince 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.”Following the Women’s Qualification Competition at the Gymnastics Test Event in Rio, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) herewith confirms the list of nations and individual gymnasts that have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” the world body said in its release.Dipa Karmakar 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.(with PTI inputs)last_img

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