All eyes on gymnast Dipa Karmakar at Rio

RSTV Bureau
Rio de Janeiro : Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar speaks with a team member during a practice session ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. AP/PTI

Rio de Janeiro : Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar speaks with a team member during a practice session ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. AP/PTI

A billion hopes are riding on gymnast Dipa Karmakar who is representing India at the women’s individual fault final at Rio Olympics later tonight.

So far India hasn’t won a single medal and the country is rooting for the Tripura girl who became the first Indian to make it to any gymnastic finals event in Olympics. She is also the country’s first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.

Dipa will be competing against the likes of world champion Simon Biles of the US.

On August 7, when Dipa made it to the finals, she had performed her much-appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts. Even though she finished 8th in the qualifying round, it was enough for her to secure a place in the finals as the top-8 made the cut for the medal round.

“I’m happy but wish I could have done a bit better. In practice, I perform way better than this,” Dipa had said after making the making the cut by a whisker.

Dipa had secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt. Her score for difficulty was a tad lower at 6.000 in the second attempt.

She had landed low on her Produnova vault in the first attempt, while her second vault was a ‘Tsuk double full twist’ with step to the side.

Good luck wishes have been pouring in for Dipa ahead of the finals. From politicians to celebrities, everyone is taking to twitter to voice their support.

(With inputs from agencies)