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Dejected I could not win a medal for India, says Dipa Karmakar after arriving at Delhi airport

News Agencies | Updated on: 20 August 2016, 11:35 IST

After coming this close to winning a medal as she finished fourth in the women's individual vault final at the Rio Olympics, Indian trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar on Saturday said she felt dejected that she could not win a medal for her country.

Dipa was received with a roaring reception from her fans and well-wishers at Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi after her scintillating performance at the Olympics.

"I never expected this warm welcome. I was really dejected that I could not win a medal for my country but in the future I will try to do the very same," Dipa told ANI.

The 23-year-old from Agartala missed the bronze medal by 0.150 points as American gymnast Simone Biles won her third gold medal of the prestigious quadrennial event at the Rio Olympic Arena.

Biles clinched the gold with a vault of 15.966 ahead of Russia's Maria Paseka (15.253) and Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland (15.216).

Dipa performed Tsukahara (14.866) in her first attempt before successfully executing the dangerous Produnova vault (15.266) in her second attempt to secure a remarkable 15.066 points overall.

Dipa created history when she became the first Indian gymnast to enter the finals on her debut at the quadrennial multi-discipline games after finishing eighth in the qualifying round.

-ANI

First published: 20 August 2016, 11:35 IST
 
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