Rio 2016: Dipa Karmakar qualifies for vault finals in Olympics

She received a score of 6.0 for difficulty in the second attempt and an 8.6 for the execution.

Dipa Karmakar, finished 8th in the qualifying round of the game and performed the "Produnova" vault smoothly managing to get 14.850 points after two efforts. She dropped to 8th eventually when Canadian Shallon Olsens terrific effort of 14.950 rejigged the overall standings. "The world is waiting to see her feats".

Her only companions are roommate Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, the only Indian woman weightlifter and coach Nandi who's been with her for the last 16 years.

Dipa Karmakar competes in the women's vault final of the artistic gymnastics competition during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 24, 2014.(Reuters/Issei Kato) Dipa Karmakar performs during the women's gymnastics vault apparatus final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland July 31, 2014.

Heena Sidhu, the world No. 27, may not be highly fancied going by her ranking, but will have every chance to believe that she can replicate her gold medal winning performance at the 2013 World Cup in the 10m air pistol event. "She likes to stay aloof from friends, her friends circle is very small, thanks to her tough regimen in gymnastics", Nandi said of Dipa who trains in SAI New Delhi.

Salman Khan, who is the Indian Olympic contingent's goodwill ambassador for the ongoing Rio Olympics, was at the receiving end of criticism after he mistakenly addressed Olympian Dipa Karmakar as "Deepika" and "Dipti" on Sunday. Sachin Tendulkar who is himself all time greatest batsman in the history of Cricket History told the media wing that " Dipa is an inspirational girl for the youngsters of many individuals in India".

By the time people woke up on Monday morning, Dipa was a superstar and had captured India's collective consciousness by making it to the August 14 final. But I was relieved of the tension when I heard that my Dipa has qualified the vault finals. "She is like a star to me and hard to think of standing beside her".

"I used to coach boys before and then Dipa came my way".

However, Sunday also saw Heena Sidhu falter after she failed to qualify for the 10m air pistol final and the Archery team narrowly lost the quarterfinal against Russian Federation. "I understood that getting the scores here is very hard". She said that the venue looked different on Sunday. "I say, 'Thank you, I like risk'". "Despite minimal sports infrastructures in the state, she has acclaimed a name in the country surpassing competitors of other big states", Banik said.

Vanessa Coleman

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