Dipa Karmakar tops Olympic qualification with Gold

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Dipa Karmakar tops Olympic qualification with Gold

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Debarshee Mitra

04/19/2016

After she became the first-ever Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar went on to clinch the gold medal in vaults finals at the test event for the Rio Games on Monday. Dipa’s first round score of 14.833 remained her best and was enough to secure her the win at Rio de Janeiro.

Dipa Karmakar continued to rewrite the history books on Monday with another feather to her cap. Despite failing to improve on her first round score, with scores of 14.566 in her second and third attempts, her first round score of 14.833 remained the best of the day.

"No Indian has ever won a gold at a global event earlier and Dipa's gold is the first time this is happening. She has qualified for the Olympics and then has won a gold now. It is fantastic stuff," international referee Deepak Kagra told PTI.

But unlike her gold-winning effort in the vaults, the Olympic qualification remains an entirely-different entity where she will be participating in an all-round artistic event.

Earlier in the day, the International Federation of Gymnastics confirmed Dipa’s qualification in an official release. “Following the Women's Qualification Competition at the Gymnastics Test Event in Rio, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) herewith confirms the list of nations and individual gymnasts that have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," the world body confirmed.

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