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Dipa Karmakar creates history to become India's first 'World Class Gymnast'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 6 July 2016, 19:49 IST

In a historic achievement for Indian gymnastics, Dipa Karmakar was named 'World Class Gymnast' by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) on 6 July.

In a letter sent by the Secretary General Andre Gueisbuhler to the Gymnastics Federation of India, her award was mentioned, sportskeeda reported.

Previously, she had become the first female Indian gymnast to qualify for the Rio Olympics. The 22-year-old garnered 52.698 points atthe test event to qualify for the Rio games.

Dipa, in her last competition, scored 0.358 points less than Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbaa who won the gold at the 2012 London Olympics women's gymnastic vaults final after scoring 15.191.

She also clinched a bronze medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and was the first Indian to make the finals of the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.

According to a report in sportskeeda, since 1947, while 11 Indian male gymnasts have taken part in Olympics, this is the first time a woman gymnast has qualified for the Summer games.

First published: 6 July 2016, 19:49 IST
 
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