Dipa Karmakar Creates History, Becomes First Indian Female To Qualify For Vault Finals
As soon as the difficulty meter read 7.0 in Rio, the crowd stood up to take notice as Dipa Karmakar walked out last night to attempt the suicidal Produnova. She ran, lunged and went airborne in no time only to land on her feet, successfully completing the most dangerous vault in gymastics and scoring an incredible 15.100 in process. By the end of her two attempts in vault, it was apparent that she would most likely play in the finals of the apparatus event on 14th August.
She qualified after finishing eighth, just making it to the finals in the last spot with an accumulative score of 14.850. Dipa Karmakar is now the only female gymnast to have ever ventured this far in the biggest sporting event on the planet.
USA’s Simone Biles, took the top spot in Vault with a massive score of 16.050 without even attempting the Produnova, thus placing herself as the favorite to lift the gold on Sunday.
Dipa Karmakar, however, had a forgettable all-round display with a total score of 51.665 in four rotations. She came in 28th overall and, thus, couldn’t qualify for the all-round medal event. No matter the other events, she will definitely have a shot at a medal if she nails her two produnova attempts this coming Sunday.
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