Dipa Karmakar finishes fourth

Dipa Karmakar came excruciatingly close to winning a medal, but had to settle for fourth place in the women's vault final with a score of 15.066 in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.


India's Dipa Karmakar performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.   -  AP

Dipa Karmakar shook the world with her Produnova vault but an Olympic medal eluded her as she finished fourth in the vault final at the Rio Olympic arena on Sunday.

It was an improvement for the 23-year-old Dipa, as she had come fifth in the last World Championship.

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In fact, Dipa, sixth in the order, was second after she finished her two vaults for an average of 15.066, behind Giulia Stengruber (15.216) of Switzerland. But Simone BIles of the U.S. and Maria Paseka of Russia, who came in after the Indian gymnast, changed the equations with scores of 15.966 and 15.253 respectively.

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Dipa, who executed her second vault brilliantly for a score of 15.266 after a 14.866 on the first vault, had a special mention from the announcer for revolutionising gymnastics in India.

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With the 41-year-old Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan showing the way by competing in her seventh Olympics, Dipa will definitely be inspired to get better in the Olympic arena.

It was a great credit to Dipa that she finished ahead of Wang Yan of China, Un Jong Hong of People’s Republic of Korea, Oksana and Shallon Olsen of Canada in the eight-member final.

Reaching the Olympic final was great in itself, but Dipa stamped her class in the final to wind up on a brilliant note.

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