Rio 2016: Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar finishes fourth in vault final
Indian woman gymnast Dipa Karmakar missed out on a historic medal in the women’s vault competiton by a whisker as she finished a creditable fourth in the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday.olympics 2016 Updated: Aug 15, 2016 07:54 IST
Dipa Karmakar attempted the Produnova, but it was not as perfect as she would have liked. The Indian gymnast had to be satisfied with the fourth spot, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal in the women’s vault competition at the Rio Olympics despite a brave and path-breaking effort.
Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber finished with an average of 15.216 for her two vaults while Dipa got 15.066. American Simone Biles added a third gold medal to her haul in Rio on Sunday, the 19-year-old averaging 15.966 during her two vaults, well clear of silver medalist Maria Paseka of Russia (15.253).
Biles is the first American woman to win Olympic gold on vault. Her three gold medals in Rio also are the most by an American female gymnast in one Olympics. Biles will have a chance at more gold later this week when she competes in the event finals on balance beam and floor exercise.
No Indian woman gymnast has ever reached the Olympics – Dipa not only did that but actually went one better and qualified for the vault final.
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On Sunday, she stepped up for her first vault with confidence despite the butterflies in her stomach. She earned a score of 14.866 – 6.000 for difficulty and 8.866 for execution. Her second effort was the Produnova, considered one of the most risky vaults, but had problems with her landing. She got a score of 7.000 for difficulty but only 8.266 for execution.
Dipa may not have fetched a medal, but she was satisfied with her performance in her debut Olympics. “I will definitely go for a medal in 2020. I am very happy with my first Olympics. The other three were better than me,” she was quoted as saying by ESPN.in.
However, Dipa has every reason to be proud of her achievements as she was in uncharted waters as far as Indian gymnastics was considered taking into account the poor infrastructure.
(With agency inputs)