Gymnast Dipa Karmakar's parents on cloud nine

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-04-21 17:19 Agartala: The familymembers of Dipa Karmakar, who became India's first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, have expressed their delight with her feat. 22-year-old Dipa amassed a total score of 52.698 points in the Olympics qualifying event to book a berth for artistic gymnastics in Rio Games to be held in August. Apart from being the first Indian woman, she will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years. Deepa, who is the daughter of SAI's Weight Lifting coach Dulal Karmakar, began practicing gymnastics at the age of six. Deepa's father said it is not a very easy task to get qualified for the Olympics. "During her world competition she had prepared for only one event, but she was later told that she had to compete in four events. So, it was a tough competition for her," said Dulal Karmakar. "She told me that it was her best performance and so I was confident that this time she will better her performance," he added. Deepa became the first Indian woman gymnast in 2014 to win a Commonwealth Games medal as she bagged a bronze at the vault event in Glasgow. She is also the first Indian woman gymnast to compete in the finals of the 2015 World Championships. She has excelled at the balancing beam, uneven bars, floor exercises and the vaulting table. Deepa is one of the few female gymnasts to regularly land the Produnova, one of the most dangerous vaults in the gymnastic world. She has also logged the highest score on a Produnova in the world. Deepa's mother Gouri Karmakar said she is immensely proud over the fact that the nation is happy for her daughter. "I am very happy. I was really tensed as the selection event was to take place at the night. We got the news about her selection early in the morning today. The happiest thing for me is that she is no longer just my daughter, everyone in Tripura and the entire country is happy for her," she said. Tripura has produced many gymnasts like Mantu Debnath and Kalpan Debnath, both Arjuna Awardees. (ANI)