Tripura gymnast Dipa Karmakar qualifies for Rio Olympics 2016
New Delhi: Dipa Karmakar, an Indian artistic gymnast from Agartala, created history by becoming the first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics Games. She finished ninth in the first of the four subdivisions of the women's artistic category at the final qualifier and Olympic test.
- Dipa is an Indian artistic Gymnast from Agartala, Tripura who represents the country in national circuit.
- She is also the first female gymnast to win a bronze medal in 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow.
- The Agartala girl also became the first woman gymnast to feature in the finals of World Championships in November last.
- Dipa has won 77 medals including 67 gold in state, nationals and international games.
- She started practising gymnastic when she was 6-years-old.
- The 22-year-old gymnast stood fifth and was unable to confirm her seat in World Champion ship in November.
- Karmakar was earlier put as second reserve for the ongoing olympic test in Rio but last month she was informed that she had been shortlisted for the Rio test event.
- The Tripura girl scored 13.366 and 12.566 points in the floor exercises.
- She scored highest among the fourteen competitors in the first vault but her poor performance took down her points to the second worse among the participants.
- She managed a total score of 52.698 points. Her final rankings will be shown after the completion of the Olympic qualifying event.
- Deepak Kagra, International referee confirmed that Dipa has already beaten gymnasts from three countries and has qualified for the Olympics.
- "There are three subdivisions to go but she has already beaten gymnasts from three countries. So she has qualified," he stated and added, "the test has participants from 33 countries and since her score is above the participants of at least three countries, she will finish in the top 30country-wise. That is enough for her to qualify for Rio Olympics."