(Rio de Janeiro, August 8, 2016) The news from Rio de Janeiro was not encouraging from an Indian perspective barring one exceptional performance from gymnast Dipa Karmakar , who qualified for the finals of the vault event. India’s contingent struggled to produce dominant performances at the Olympics for the second day running.
Dipa scripted history as she became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing eighth in the qualifying round.
She managed to perform her much-appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts. It was a nervous wait, for she had ended sixth after the third sub-divisions with two more to go. She dropped to 8th eventually when Canadian Shallon Olsen’s effort of 14.950 reshuffled the overall standings.
But that was just about enough to secure her a place in the finals scheduled for August 14 as the top-8 made the cut for the medal round. Dipa secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt. Her score for difficulty was a tad lower at 6.000 in the second attempt.
Source: Times of India