Gymnast Dipa Karmakar says her next aim is to finish on podium in Olympics
Rio de Janeiro: After becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar has set her eyes on a podium finish at the Rio Games scheduled to be held in August.
Dipa Karmakar competes during the gymnastics test event women's vault final for the Rio games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Monday. Pic/AFP
The 22-year-old garnered a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event on Monday to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games.
"It is a good feeling to win a gold medal," Dipa was quoted as saying at the official facebook page of the International Federation of Gymnastics.
"My next objective is an Olympic medal podium," she said after clinching the gold in vaults finals at the test event of the Rio Games.
The Tripura girl scored 14.833 as her best effort to finish first in the women's vaults finals at the Rio Olympic Arena. She defeated 2008 Olympic silver medallist Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan.
Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years.
Since the independence of the country, 11 Indian male gymnasts have taken part in the Olympics (two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964) but this will be the first for an Indian woman at the Olympics.
Jammu: PM Narendra Modi hailed Dipa Karmakar after her feat: "Dipa has made India proud. First time, a daughter from the country has been selected in gymnastics in Olympics. She achieved it through her determination."