Indian women gymnasts Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian women to qualify for the Rio Olympics in August after performing well in the qualifying and test events. She will be first Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics after 52 long years.
The 22-year-old from Agartala in Tripura has been listed as the 79th gymnast among individual qualifiers in the list of women’s artistic gymnast who have qualified for the quadrennial Games.
11 Indian male gymnast took part in the Olympics so far; two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964. This will be the first time that Indian women gymnast will take part in the Olympics.
“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.
“It was a very good score for Dipa and we are certain that she would qualify. Now the world body has published the names of the gymnasts who have qualified for the Olympics and her name is there. The gymnastics community is proud of Dipa’s achievements,” he told PTI.
Dipa secured 13.366 and 12.566 in beam and floor exercise. In the World Championship last November, she finished 5th outside the podium finish. She became the first Indian women gymnast to win a medal in the Commonwealth games in 2014. It is a big achievement for Dipa to qualify for the Rio Olympics. She also featured in the World Championship last November. Dipa Karmakar would hope that she could win a medal in the big event and bring glory to the country which will be the biggest achievement for Dipa who has worked so hard to reach this level.
Dipa will also get a chance in the vault, the event in which she picked up two bronze medals in the 2015 Asian Championships and 2014 Commonwealth Games. She also had finished creditable fifth in the World Championships.