Dipa lost medal but won nation’s hearts

DipaDipa Karmakar, India’s first female gymnast at the Rio Olympics finished fourth in the women’s vault gymnastics event with a score of 15.966 points, just 0.15 points behind the bronze winner.

It was nevertheless a smooth execution by the brave Indian and there was little to fault given her three month preparation for the entire routine.

Shekhar Kapur, an Indian film director, on Twitter said, “It’s not about winning medals, It’s about breaking through all stereotypes and proving you are there with the best. You inspire us all.”

Dipa said she never expected a medal from this Olympics but to have come fourth is very creditable “For me this is my first Olympics and after four years my target will be gold”. She was only 1 of 2 gymnasts to perform the Produnova vault known as one of the most dangerous feats in Gymnastics.

India has yet to win a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Gymnastics does not receive much funding in India.