Dipa Karmakar: Dipa Karmakar, India’s first female gymnast to qualify for the quadrennial mega event after 52 years from India. Karmakar was pleasantly surprised when she was informed of a gold pin she was to receive from the international parent body for being a ‘World Class Gymnast’ after her showing at the World Championships in Oct-Nov 2015. Karmakar is one of the five women that have successfully landed the very difficult Produnova vault in competition, also holding the highest score amongst all (15.100 ) in her attempt, She hails from Tripura with its rich tradition in the sport and rudimentary infrastructure. Produnova, is one of the tougher vaults being competed in the world – a combination of generating sufficient height to complete rotation and the difficulty in finding the ground after twisting in order to control the landing.
Career Highlights: 23-year old gymnast earned a medal at the 2014 edition was just the start of redemption — the Olympics dangled on her horizon. Dipa took the 15th spot out of 34 available at the test event, meaning she was in the top half of the competitors.
RECORD: Dipa became the first Indian female gymnast to secure a medal, whe she won a bronze at the 2104 Commonwealth Games, held at Glasgow, followed up with another bronze at the Asian Championships in Hiroshima.
Qualification: Dipa Karmakar booked a berth for the Rio Games after putting up a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event.
Schedule: Women’s artistic gymnastics round is scheduled to take place on August 6 to August 11.