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Rio Olympics 2016: Twitter lauds Dipa Karmakar, slams Star Sports

Akansha Gupta | Updated on: 8 August 2016, 10:05 IST

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar scripted history by leaping her way into the apparatus final of the artistic gymnastics at the Rio Olympics 2016.

She scored 14.850 points in two vaults in the subdivision three of the vault event and secured the eighth position to seal the final berth.

The 22-year-old gymnast performed the dangerous Produnova in her first vault and scored 15.100 points. She bagged 14.866 points in her second vault, the Tsukahara.

The first ever Indian gymnast to participate in Olympics, Karmakar ended with an overall score of 51.665 points in the all-round competition. At the Glasgow World Championship in 2015, Karmakar clinched the fifth position with 14.683 points.

Interestingly, Karmakar's historic victory comes a day before her 23rd birthday on 9 August.

The finals of the vault competition will take place on 14 August.

Her historical Olympic debut garnered congratulatory tweets from around the world. Here's how Twitter lauded her feat:

While Karmakar's achievements left the nation elated, many Indians took to Twitter to slam broadcaster Star Sports for failing to telecast her performances.

Go Dipa Karmakar! You're already a winner for us!

First published: 8 August 2016, 10:05 IST
 
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