Dipa Karmakar gives her best, but falls short of creating history


Gymnast Dipa Karmakar narrowly missed the bronze by finishing fourth in the women’s vault event even as shuttler Saina Nehwal, the men’s hockey team and tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna crashed out on a dismal day for India at the Olympic Games here.

Dipa Karmakar of India performs on the floor during the Women's All-Around final of the Artistic Gymnastics event during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
Dipa, from the north eastern state Tripura, emerged as one of the few shining spots on a disastrous campaign as she ended up just outside a medal bracket with 15.066 points after putting on a superb display in the eight-woman vault final.

The gold expectedly went to favourite Simon Biles from the US who topped the table with near-flawless execution which fetched her the highest score of 15.966.

The silver went to Russia’s Maria Paseka (15.253) and the bronze was bagged by Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland (15.216).

Dipa’s superb show in a sport that is not popular in the country lit up the gloomy day which started with the the exit of London Games bronze medal winner Saina to further dampen the spirits of the contingent on the ninth day of competitions.

Saina, who was carrying a knee injury into the quadrennial sports spectacle, lost 18-21 19-21 to lower ranked rival Maria Ulitina from Ukraine to make a shock exit.

Two other shuttlers remaining in the fray, K Srikanth and P V Sindhu, atoned somewhat for Saina’s exit by reaching the pre-quarterfinals from their respective groups in men’s and women’s singles.

But more disappointment was in store for the contingent when mixed doubles medal hopes – Bopanna and Sania – lost in the bronze medal play-off in straight sets to the Czech pair of Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradceka.

To add insult to injury, the men’s hockey squad, which had qualified for the knock-out phase after 36 years, was bundled out of the competition by Belgium which inflicted a 3-1 defeat.

A lackluster India squandered a one goal advantage and blew away a great opportunity to create history after a hiatus of 36 years to climb the medal podium.

Belgium, on the other hand, scripted history as they progressed to the semi-finals of the Olympics after a gap of 96 years.


  1. Olympic game is now on. Role of 160 crore strong South Asian Countries in Olympic is no more than packing materials. These countries are known for chronic poor performance and substandard care in every conceivable field – from prenatal care to last rite services and everything in between- are inevitably substandard in these countries . Without oversimplifying facts it is safe to state that of the 160 crore people, over 95% AAM ADMI who are not Anglophonic are simply left out of all state sponsored activities. There are extremely talented sports persons amid them in areas of archery, swimming, rowing, wrestling etc. With some degree of training they can become presentable in international competition. However, sociopolitical systems of these countries prevent AAM ADMI from entering into international arena if they are not Anglophonic. Hence they are simply deprived of all rights and privileges. A condition favorably comparable to that of Israel and Palestine. “Free media” in these countries by manipulating public opinion have created a social environment where even discussion on their barbaric deprivation is difficult. Yet incessant jabbering of “democracy, freedom, and human rights” goes on. Recent verdict of Delhi High Court against AAM ADMI PARTY reinforces my observation. Forthcoming Olympics will also see these countries role as no more than packing materials.