Gymnast Dipa Karmakar has become the first Indian to qualify for Rio Olympics


Gymnast Dipa Karmakar has become the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics.

The 22-year-old athlete from Tripura, according to ANI, completed her performance at the final qualifier and Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janiero finishing ninth in the first of the four subdivisions of the women’s artistic category, securing a berth for the Rio Olympics scheduled to be held next year.

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Karmakar qualified for the Rio Olympics after finishing all four apparatus in test event.

Karmakar was earlier unable to clinch an Olympic berth in the World Championships in November last as she finished outside the podium (fifth place).

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She had created history by becoming the first woman gymnast to win a medal, a bronze, in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

This win made her the first Indian woman to win a commonwealth gymnastics medal and the second Indian, after Ashish Kumar.

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