Dipa Karmakar finished fourth in the vault final after standing second post her two jumps at the Rio 2016 Olympics. But with Maria Paseka of Russia getting silver and Simone Biles of USA bagging gold, Dipa was pushed out of medal contention to continue India’s medal-less tally at the Olympics. However, her brave effort to reach the Olympics and then the final was not lost on the people who applauded her for the show in Dipa’s first Olympics. In the end, Dipa finished 0.150 points away from the bronze medal.
Dipa herself was disappointed to miss out on the medal but said wins and losses were part and parcel of the sport. She added that her focus will now be to improve and get better for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. “I am happy with my performance but I am very disappointed that I missed out on a medal. But at the end, this is a sport, winning and losing is a part of it. I will now focus on Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” she told ANI.
Later in a video posted on her Twitter account, she expressed her joy and thanked India for the support that she’s received in her run into the Olympics and in the Final. She said,”Hello everyone! Thank you for your prayers and wishes. I’m so happy that I did my job and finished fourth. I would like to thank everyone from my coach Biswesar Nandi, my parents, Gymnastics Federation of India, Sports Authority of India and my team. A happy Independence Day and Jai Hind!”
Hello everyone, very happy to connect with you all today through my team. Happy Independence Day! pic.twitter.com/6AW11EPPRe
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) 15 August 2016
Karmakar’s parents were also happy post the show and her father said the focus will now shift to Tokyo Olympics.