Deepa missed out on medal, but created history

Deepa Karmakar was gutted after missing out on an Olympic Bronze by a whisker but she said she was satisfied after performing her produnova stunt perfectly. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)

Dipa created history last week when she became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the final of the women’s vault final. Opinions were divided after she broke the barrier – many thought she had already done enough but others still felt she had a genuine shot at a medal. (Dipa Karmakar does India proud as tennis, hockey stars fail)

Up against American Simone Biles and other top gymnasts from the world, Dipa held her nerves and procured 15.266 points when she pulled off the produnova in front of an awestruck audience. She was third on the table but Biles’ remarkable effort saw the Indian slip down to 4th. (Dipa Karmakar’s Double Vault: An Animation)

However, while India celebrated her heroic achievement, the Agartala girl was dismayed she couldn’t win a medal.

“A medal is a medal and a fourth finish is just that – a fourth finish,” Dipa told India Today after her event.

But there were some obvious takeaways for her and the biggest reason for her to smile was the produnova which had kept the entire country on tenterhooks.

“I did my absolute best. Am glad I could break the 15 point barrier and performing the produnova to perfection gave me a lot of satisfaction,” she said.

What’s next for her? Dipa will now work towards an Olympic Gold.

“I will keep working hard and keep giving my best at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games and the Tokyo Games,” she added.

Dipa, the star of a dismal Olympics for India signed off with best wishes on Independence Day to her countrymen and a promise to take her own legacy forward.

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