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
“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,”
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
“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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