Dipa Karmakar Qualifies for Olympics : First Indian Woman Gymnast to Qualify for Olympics

Indian Woman Gymnast has created a history by successfully qualifying for Olympics. Indian Gymnast Dipa Karmakar has become the first Indian Woman Gymnast to qualify for Olympics. She also qualified for Rio Games on 17 April 2016 after successfully passing the qualification test.

Dipa Karmakar is from Tripura state. Dipa Karmakar is just 22 years old and she scored 52.698 points in the qualifying round to get selected in Artistic Gymnastic games in Rio Olympics 2016 in August.

In the 52 Years, Dipa is the first Indian woman to qualify for quadrennial show. From 1947, there are only 11 male gymnasts have participated in Olympics from India but this time, Dipa Karmakar got selected and become the First Indian Woman to qualify for Olympics.

Dipa Karmakar Gymnast
Dipa Karmakar Gymnast

The Federation Internationale de Gymnastique has confirmed Dipa’s Rio Games qualification in its official release. “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.”

Dipa has been listed as the 79th among individual qualifiers in the list of women’s artistic gymnasts who have qualified. Dipa Karmakar secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises.

Deepak Kagra, an international referee, had said, “It was a very good score from Dipa and we were certain that she would qualify for the Olympics. Now the world body has published the names of the gymnasts who have done so and her name is there. The gymnastics community is proud of Dipa’s achievements.”

Last year Dipa could not selected in World Championship in November 2015 as she was on 5th rank.  She was earlier put as second reserve for the ongoing Olympic Test event in Rio but was informed last month that she had snitched into the shortlist of participants.

Dipa had created history by becoming the first woman gymnast to win a medal, a bronze, in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. She then became the first Indian woman gymnast to feature in the finals of World Championships in November.

The sport of gymnastics has been in turmoil in the country in the last few years with competing sections holding elections and claiming to be the national federation. Even the camps for the gymnasts has been held under the guidance of Sports Authority of India.

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