Tsukahara vault: Know the routine Dipa Karmakar will be attempting in final

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 16:35 IST
India’s Dipa Karmakar is seeking to be the first from the country to win an Olympic medal in gymnastics. (REUTERS)

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar won’t be attempting her famous Produnova vault in the opening routine of the final on Sunday. Instead, she will be relying on the second-most trying routine in the vault — the Tsukahara or the Moon Somersault—her coach, Bishweshwar Nandi, said.

“She has been doing the Produnova well but has been faltering in the second attempt when she does the Tsukahara. I want her to therefore try the latter first so that she will put her all in it and get decent points,” Nandi told Hindustan Times.

Read more: Dipa to start with Tsukahara vault in final

The Tsukahara is a family of vaults, performed by both men and women, named after the former Japanese gymnast, Mitsuo Tsukahara. The five-time Olympic gold medallist had performed it for the first time in 1972.

A Tsukahara vault consists of a half turn off the springboard onto the vault table, then a push backwards, usually into a back salto (tucked in somersault) or layout (somersault).

Watch Mitsuo Tsukahara’s flawless attempt in 1976 Olympics:

The vault has many variations attracting different degrees of difficulty points. The highest in women’s Tsukahara is 6.7, awarded to “stretched Tsukahara” performed with a 2 ½ twist. In comparision, the Produnova has a difficulty score of 7.0.

The scoring system in gymnastics is a combination of two set of points, awarded by two types of judging panels.In vault, a ‘D-Score’ is assigned to each vault, depending upon its difficulty. An ‘E-Score’ panel consists of five judges evaluating execution; technical errors such as falls, bent arms and multiple steps etc. All gymnasts start on an ‘E-score’ of 10 before execution faults are subtracted.

The final score is the sum of the D and E scores.

also read

The gap between India and an Olympic gold
Show comments