Dipa Karmakar’s parents say they are happy, relieved
Parents of Dipa Karmakar said on Monday they breathed a sigh of relief after hearing that she became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games.olympics 2016 Updated: Aug 08, 2016 12:58 IST
Parents of Dipa Karmakar said on Monday they breathed a sigh of relief after hearing that she became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the individual vault finalsin her debut Olympic Games.
The girl from Tripura, who is the country’s first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts.
“I spent a sleepless night due to tension. But I was relieved of the tension when I heard that my Dipa has qualified the vault finals. My entire family and relatives are very happy that she again made the state feel proud of her. I will talk to her in the evening to congratulate,” said her father Dulal Karmakar, who is a weightlifter.
Dipa’s mother Gouri Karmakar attributed her dedication and especially the efforts of her coach Bishweswar Nandi, who continuously keeps his attention on her, behind her good performance.
Her father added that her school headmistress Shobhana Dutta allowed her to attend only four classes every day so that she could practice.
Dipa secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt. Her score for difficulty was a tad lower at 6.000 on the second attempt. She landed low on her Produnova vault in the first attempt, while her second vault was a ‘Tsuk double full twist’ with step to the side.
She had ended sixth after the third of five subdivisions.
She dropped to eighth eventually when Canadian Shallon Olsen’s terrific effort of 14.950 rejigged the overall standings. But that was just about enough to secure her a place in the finals scheduled for August 14 as the top-eight made the cut for the medal round.
Dipa was also the first Indian to participate in the finals of World Gymnastics Championship by scoring 14.900 points in the women’s vault qualification in Glasgow on October 25, 2015. She bagged the bronze medal in the 2014 Common Wealth Games in New Delhi.
The ace Indian gymnast won a bronze medal at the 6th Senior ART Gymnastics Asian Championships in Hiroshima in August 2015.
Dipa bagged her first gold medal at the North East Games in Agartala in 2002.
She was awarded the prestigious Arjuna award by President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi last year.