Dipa Karmakar on Monday made her country proud as she etched her name in sports history to became the first Indian female gymnast to have qualified for Olympics, after her strong performance at the final qualifying and test event landed her a spot in Rio Olympics. Not only is she the first Indian ‘woman’ gymnast at the Rio Olympics, but also the first Indian gymnast to have been qualified for the games after 52 long years. The 22-year-old scored a total of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying round to book a berth for the quadrennial extravaganza at Rio to be held in August.
Since India’s independence in 1947, eleven Indian make gymnasts have participated in the prestigious Olympic games (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964), but this will be first for an Indian woman gymnast to prove herself at the Olympics. The International Federation of Gymnastics (Federation Internationale de Gymnastique, or FIG) has confirmed Dipa’s qualification into Rio Games in its official release. It read that following the Women’s Qualification Competition at the Gymnastics Test Event in Rio, the world organisation FIG confirms the list of nations and individual gymnasts that have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Dipa was the 79th listed gymnast among the individual qualifiers in the list of women’s artistic gymnast qualified for the Rio Olympics.