Dipa Karmakar finishes fourth in Vault final


India’s premier medal hope Dipa Karmakar finished the artist gymnastic vault final on the fourth position, narrowly missing the opportunity to grab India’s first ever medal in gymnastics at the Olympics.

She rose from being an unknown face to India’s most exciting medal prospect with her recent stellar performances and delivered her 100% on the grandest stage of all but sadly that wasn’t enough to seal her berth on podium. She apologized on twitter for not being able to snatch a medal for the nation but the whole nation was in awe for the only Indian athlete to qualify for the gymnastics finals.

The Vault as it happened

The match started with Un Jong Hong, the first one to start the proceedings as she scored an impressive score 15.400 but the North Korean wasn’t able to replicate the same in her second jump due to her troubled landing which earned her a nominal score of 14.900 as her total average.

Dipa Karmakar was the third last athlete to compete and she attempted Tsukahara vault for her first attempt and executed it brilliantly to earn a score of 14.866, 6.000 for difficulty and 8.866 for execution. Her famed vault Produnova for which she is known was attempted in her second jump but she couldn’t execute it to the perfection as she flattered a bit at the landing which earned her a score of 7.000 for difficulty and 8.266 for execution averaging 15.066 as her final score which took him to the second spot behind Steingruber.

The two best competitors were yet to come in the name of Maria Paseka from Russia and Simon Biles from USA and they lifted the standards with the average scores of 15.253 and 15.966 respectively which resulted in Dipa been shifted to the fourth spot ending her hope for an Olympic medal.

Simon Biles earned the gold, Maria Paseka came second to win silver, Steingruber finished for a bronze while Dipa was fourth in the overall standings

Dipa Karmakar: Satisfied with her performance

Dipa stated after the match that she was satisfied with what she had achieved and also apologized to the whole notion for not earning a medal for the country. Her father said the result was positive and she will come stronger in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Rachit Sethi

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