World Gymnastics Championship: Dipa Karmakar Finishes Fifth

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar had an impressive performance in the vault finals of the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow. She entered as one of eight finalists at the event in a tough group that included former champions and current Olympic medallists. Dipa started her opening jump with the Produnova to score 15.300 and followed it up with the Tsukahara 720 to score 14.066.

Dipa Karmakar

Dipa Karmakar

While Dipa missed the gold by a margin of 0.983 and the podium by 0.858, audiences were impressed by the her brave performances of the Indian gymnast. Dipa finished fifth on the list among her eight competitors.

Dipa Karmakar dreams for Rio 2016

Dipa Karmakar has an outside chance at making it to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her coach Nandi says,

““I’m hearing that even second reserves (Dipa is 26th on list; 24 make the cut) might be invited to the Test event in April at Rio. We’ll know in a month and half from the FIG (international body).”

Dipa expresses her desire to take part in the Olympics.

“I want to be in the Olympics because I am good enough. Even if it’s the 2020 Games,” says the Commonwealth Games medallist. “I know if I’d done better on my second vault, I could’ve been 4th. I know I’m very close to being the best.”


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