Dipa Karmakar: At 2020 Olympics, my target will be gold

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Dipa Karmakar: At 2020 Olympics, my target will be gold

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SportsCafe Desk

08/15/2016

Dipa Karmakar provided the nation with its most memorable moment in what has been a disappointing Olympics so far for India. The 23-year-old, who finished 4th in women's vault after dazzling with her Produnova, has assured the nation that she will target a gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I never expected a medal from this Olympics but to have come fourth is very creditable. In boxing, wrestling you get a bronze even when you finish fourth but not for me. It was very close to medal. After four years, my target would be gold,” Dipa said after the final, reported PTI.

“For me, this is my first Olympics. But I don’t need to be disappointed I will give my best in Tokyo 2020,” she added.

The Tripura-born girl scored 14.866 on her first attempt, and then she scored 15.266 with her Produnova, which took her average score to 15.066. But, she fell just short of a medal with Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber beating her to the bronze with a final score of 15.216.

“This is my highest score. But the medalists were better than me. Maybe, it was not my day.

“This is my highest score in Prudonova, I had 15.1 earlier. I am very happy with my vault. I gave my whole effort to bring an Olympic medal for my countrymen. But it was a tough luck,” Dipa said .

However, Dipa Karmakar's achievement is only heightened by the fact that she has accomplished it despite gymnastics being such a neglected sports in the nation.

“Gymnastics is not that easy. We have not got any foreign training, and had only three months to prepare. We were able to achieve this through my coach and the SAI’s effort.

“To have finished fourth competing against former Olympic champions is a creditable performance. I think it’s a bigger achievement than even Simon Biles, she’s consistently winning gold.

“She went a bit deep while landing. If she landed with a perfect standing pose then a gold was there. The first vault was, however, perfect,” her personal Indian coach Bishweshwar Nandi said.

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