Dipa Karmakar created history by becoming the first ever Indian gymnast to qualify for the final in Olympics as she confirmed her place in the vault medal event with score of 14.85 in the qualifiers.
The Tripura-girl, who is the country’s first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated ‘Produnova’ vault cleanly. Dipa secured 7.000 on difficulty and 8.1 on execution in her first attempt. Her score for difficulty was a tad lower at 6.000 in the second attempt.
She landed low on her Produnova vault in the first attempt, while her second vault was a Tsuk double full twist with step to the side.
Dipa Karmakar (IND) lands low on her Produnova vault, but she does land it. Second vault is a Tsuk double full twist with step to the side.— FIG (@gymnastics) August 7, 2016
The vault final will take place on 14 August.
In other events, the Indian women’s archery team progressed to the quarter-finals before losing to Russia in a shoot-off and made its exit while the hockey squad fought back to hold Japan to a draw on day two of the Rio Games.
In the shooting range, 22-year-old Heena Sidhu misfired along with men trap shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai who finished 17th and 19th respectively after the first day.
Archers Show Grit But Flatter To Deceive
The women’s archery team of Laishram Bombayla Devi, Laxmirani Majhi and Deepika Kumari made the quarters of the recurve event by edging out Colombia 5-3. This was the first time the women archers had advanced to round two after their poor display in London four years ago when Denmark ousted them in round one. Bombayla and Deepika were part of that team.
The trio then faced off against 2012 Games semifinalists Russia, bounced back after losing the opening set before the two teams level-pegged to force the tie-breaker in which the Russian women showed better nerves as the Indian trio lost the plot to lose it 23-25 and be eliminated.
Women’s Hockey Team Have A Memorable Debut
The women’s hockey squad, which has qualified for the Olympics after 36 years, showed a lot of grit in the face of adversity and staged a grand rally in the second half to hold higher-ranked Japan to a 2-2 draw.
The Indians, ranked 13th in the world, were trailing by two goals at half time after World No. 10 Japan scored through Emi Nishikori (15th minute) and Mie Nakashima (28th).
But the Indians made a valiant fightback as Rani Rampal (31st) and Lilima Minz (40th) scored a goal each in the third and fourth quarters to secure a point for their side.
Shooters continue to disappoint
However, the Indian shooters’ unimpressive run continued unabated with Heena crashing out of the women’s 10m air pistol qualification round by finishing way behind the leaders in the 14th position out of 44 competitors.
The 26-year-old 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games silver medallist shot an overall 380, which included 13x. Heena, who had finished 12th in her maiden Olympics in 2012 London Games, failed to recover from a poor start and became the fourth shooter to be eliminated in day two of the competition.
The cut for the eight finalists was applied at 384.
Heena will now try to make amends when she competes in the 25m pistol event, scheduled to be held on August 9.