• Dipa Karmakar finishes fourth, misses medal but wins India’s heart

    Dipa Karmakar performed with an exceptional grit in the vaults final to finish 4th but couldn’t win a medal. Karmakar scored 15.066 points in the final.

    USA’s Simone Biles won the gold medal with a score of 15.966 while the silver went to Russia’s Maria Paseka after her score of 15.253. Bronze was bagged by Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber for her score of 15.216. Karmakar’s final score of 15.066 gave her the fourth position in the final.


    Karmakar is a 22-year-old gymnast who is making India proud with her amazing moves particularly the Produnova performance in artistic gymnastics. The girl from Agartala finished 4th at the Rio2016 Olympics, was the the first Indian to qualify for the finals of World Gymnastics Championships this year. Her first accolades came at the Commonwealth Games last year where she won a bronze medal, the first Indian to win it in history. What actually makes Dipa Karmakar, the champion that she is:


    1.       Torch-bearer of the sport

    India does not have a great history in gymnastics. Dipa is our mascot. She finished 4th in the Rio2016 Olympic Games. She was recognised as a ‘World Class Gymnast’ by international gymnastics body in 2016.


    2.       Gutsy athlete

    Dipa has shown her guts to be a performer not once, but many times when she had an injury and still went on to do her job effortlessly. In 2014, she participated in both the Asian Games and World Championships even after she had a serious hairline ankle fracture.

    3.       The Produnova champ

    Produnova is the most difficult gymnastic sprint involving a handsprint and two somersault. Only four gymnasts have yet mastered it after Elena Produnova, after whom it was named. Well, Dipa is one of the four eminent gymnasts to have done it. It takes a high-level of dedication and focus to do the Produnova and the grace with which Dipa does it is unimaginable.

    4.       The Golden Girl

    She is called the golden girl of Tripura for more reasons than one. She has excelled at the balancing beam, uneven bars, floor exercises and the vaulting table. The Arjuna Awardee has been a finalist in the Asian Games, The World Cup and the Commonwealth.

    5.       Overcoming weakness

    Dipa is a flat-footed person, for whom gymnasium is much more difficult than a person having usual curved feet. She overcame her weakness and worked doubly hard to fix it and today she stands to be India’s best athlete to face the Olympics going to happen next year.

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