Dipa Karmakar – First Indian To Enter Apparatus Finals At An Olympics



Nadia Comaneci in the making:  Dipa Karmakar to make history 2016 Rio Olympics


The Swiss Timing was about to stumble for a fraction of a second by showing 1,00. That was in 1976 when the scoreboard had a maximum range of 9.9 and Romania's 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci made a perfect 10 in the Montreal Olympic Gymnastics.



Now another Indian Dipa Karmakar is poised to score for India. She is qualified as the 8th entrant to Olympics Artistic Gymnastic (vault) competition to be held on Indian independence eve. She is the second gymnast ever qualified and second women Gymnast in Olympics. The first qualification was 64 years back. This 22 year ‘plastic girl' is from Agartala got 15.066 points in the qualifying vault with a total of 52.698, a promising performance. She is in Rio to revenge her failure in Glasgow World Championship just nine months back. That too she is competing in the Produnova category, a handspring double front somersault, considered to be the toughest and dangerous one.



Nadia Comaneci in 1976 Montreal Olympics

She too started at the tender age like Nadia. She won the Junior Nationals in 2007 when she was 14.since then she proved her mettle many times. She did well in spite of the limited training facility available in India compared to Russia, Romania or China, the leaders in this field. She seemed confident and said "I believe that practice makes perfect, and then it is not difficult anymore  My coach ensured that I practised extensively……Not many in the country knew about this until recently, and now I hope that this vault becomes more famous,"

Mary Com lost her berth in Rio Olympics even as a wild entry, but another one from Northeast is here to make history (when the Romanian wonder Nadia is celebrating her 54th birthday).


Way to go girl! 

Vijay Alagar
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Young and Ambitious; Better at Videogames than at life. Works as a creative writer by day, Batman at night.

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