Dipa Karmakar misses bronze medal by whisker: India’s Dipa Karmakar almost pulled off the impossible in Gymnastics at Rio 2016 Olympics after finishing fourth in the Vaults final. She missed the bronze medal by 0.150 points.

USA’s Simone Biles won the gold medal with a score of 15.966 while the silver went to Russia’s Maria Paseka after her score of 15.253. Bronze was bagged by Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber for her score of 15.216.

The 23-year-old Dipa, who had become the first Indian woman gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics, scored an average of 15.066 points, a mere 0.15 less than the eventual bronze winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216) of Switzerland.

Dipa Karmakar
Dipa Karmakar

Coming in as the sixth competitor in the finals, the Tripura girl went for the ‘Tsukahara’ in her first attempt in which she collected 14.866 points. She went for a difficulty level of 6 and got 8.855 for the execution.

In her ‘Produnova’, Dipa did everything right but unfortunately did not have a perfect landing.

She scored 15.266 from her ‘Produnova’ with 8.266 points for execution for a difficulty level of 7. The average of the two attempts gave her 15.066, a mere 0.15 difference with bronze winner Steingruber.

The gymnast might not have been well-known in many parts of India before the Games, but her performances in Rio has helped her earn name and fame in the sport. She might have failed to win any medal, but she definitely won hearts of Indian sports fans with her stunning feat.

Dipa Karmakar can be remembered like P T Usha, at least until the next Olympics in Tokyo. 32 years ago an Indian lady missed her track and field Olympic Medal by a whisker being forth.

Dipa, however, will hold her head high as she has scripted history by becoming the first India to qualify for the vault finals in her first Olympics.

Apart from being the first Indian woman, she was also the first Indian gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics after 52 long years.

Since independence, 11 Indian male gymnasts have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964), but this was the first for an Indian woman at the Olympics.