Dipa Karmakar’s Produnova makes India proud at Olympic Games

Dipa Karmakar finishes fourth in the Vaults final marking India’s most stupendous international achievement.

Written by Shivani Naik | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: August 15, 2016 8:13 am
Dipa Karmakar, Dipa Karmakar India, dipa karmakar gymnastics, dipa karmakar medal, rio olympics dipa karmakar, dipa karmakar olympics, olympics Dipa Karmakar attempts her vault during the Vaults final at Rio 2016 Olympics. (Source: AP)

Dipa Karmakar stopped hearts around the world as she flew in the finals of the vault at the Olympics. Fourth position might be a curse across the rest of the contingent, but this was India’s most stupendous international achievement.

Sticking her best landing on the Tsukahara routine, keeping compact her feet, she would start with a 14.866. Then, seamlessly, she would pull off the Produnova — the low landing causing some anxiety before she would achieve a 15.266. This would take her to 15.066, and second position, putting her into contention for a historic medal.

It was nerveless execution by the brave Indian and there was little to fault given her three-month preparation for the entire routine.

With Simone Biles left, Dipa was third. The stunning Cheng got the American 15.900, and the next gave her the gold. In turn, it pushed Dipa to the fourth position.

Biles scooped her third gold medal with this win. World champion Maria Paseka of Russia came second with a score of 15.966 from her two vaults, while Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber, an all-rounder and vault specialist, pipped Dipa by 0.15 of a point to take bronze.

Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina, bidding to become the oldest ever gymnast to win an Olympic medal at the age of 41, finished seventh out of the eight finalists after over-rotating on her promised Produnova. She ended with 14.933 after an unintended somersault in landing. She was 7.933 on execution, highlighting just how tough the landings tend to be.

North Korean Un Jong Hong had started with a botched second vault, but ended up with 14.900, pointing to average high scores in vault.

Canadian Shallon Olsen would hit 14.816 next, while Dipa warmed up on the sidelines.

Chinese Yuan Wang would nail the Tsukahara, for 14.866 — for the D score of 6.

But if this was uncharted territory for India, pathbreaker Dipa had forged a path. A bright blue leotard, but no longer a speck in the ocean of gymnastics.

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  1. A
    Aug 15, 2016 at 1:39 am
    Congrats Dipa Keep it up!
    1. A
      Aug 15, 2016 at 1:55 am
      Doesn't this tell if beurocrates and politicians are removed from sports ,we can do it.It needs all out effort if we need to need to show what we have .But we have people sitting in adminstration who have no clue . Let sports be a specialist affair .Let sports be run by sports persons not by bhakts and Goyal .We have a Col in ministry who reached where ever he is ,due to his shooting skills ,let him be incharge and give him the target ,he will shoot. Tell he will not let go by state ,political alignment just by skill. Get all these sports fedrations wind up and have new know ledge based adminstration with skilled coaches .lt;br/gt;Check who decided a physio for DIPA was a waste of money fix responsibilty for tax payers earnings Govt should stand for this lt;br/gt;WELL DONE DIPA.
      1. C
        Aug 15, 2016 at 1:59 am
        Dipa - great performance. India is proud of you.
        1. I
          Indu Maheshwari
          Aug 15, 2016 at 12:49 am
          Dips we are proud of you. Do not worry. Keep it up. You have given India reasons to smile.
          1. M
            Aug 15, 2016 at 11:30 pm
            Dipa - Great Performance. You made India Proud.
            1. P
              Partap Patel
              Aug 15, 2016 at 5:40 am
              Country of over 1Billion people cannot produce a single gold medal. What a shame !!! Even a small poor country like Fiji has a gold.
              1. V
                Aug 15, 2016 at 12:29 am
                Feeling very proud of Dipa's effort.This should not be the end of the world for herdian government must recognise her efforts and provide needed encouragement to achieve much more success.
                1. H
                  Aug 15, 2016 at 6:29 am
                  Totally surprising and unexpected world-cl performance from Deepa. All the very best to her and also may she bring upon more glory to India in her future endeavors.
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