Dipa Karmakar vaulted herself into the gymnastic finals for the Rio Olympics! You go girl!
Hailing from Tripura, the 22-year-old gymnast broke history by being the first woman gymnast from India to qualify for the Olympics! Her performance in the woman’s vault finals gave her a high score of 14.833. For difficulty, she secured a 7.000 on her first attempt and a 6.000 on her second attempt. Her execution scored her an 8.1. She was on the 6th position until Canada pushed her down to the 8th position, which is the last position that qualifies for the finals.
With an excellent kickstart by Dipa, we’ve got our fingers crossed for the other Indian women athletes! :
- Saina Nehwal
An Olympic badminton bronze winner, we have high hopes that Saina will succeed again this year. She was the first Indian woman to win a medal in Badminton for the Olympics. Currently she is being coached by former Indian badminton champion Vimal Kumar. An Achilles tendon injury in January does raise a few doubts, but we have faith in her. Watch her play against Brazilian Lohaynny Vicente this Thursday!
- Ashwini Akkunji
A sprint athlete, Ashwini Chidananda Shetty Akkunji specializes in the 400 metres race. She is from Siddapura, Udipi, and has won several medals so far. She won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Asian Games in 4x400 metre relay team along with Mandeep Kaur, Manjeet Kaur and Sini Jose. She also bagged a gold medal in the 400 metre hurdles at the 2010 Asian Games. Hopefully the Olympics adds another gold medal to her collection!
- Sushila Chanu
24-year-old Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam is a field hockey player. Currently the captain of the Indian hockey team, she is leading the women’s hockey team for the Olympics. At the 2013 Junior World Cup in Germany, she led the Indian junior team to win the bronze medal! Tomorrow at the Olympics she will play against the British hockey team and we hope she leads her team to victory!
- Shivani Kataria
Another record breaker! 18-year-old Shivani is the first female Olympic swimmer since 2004! Growing up in Haryana, she never thought her hobby would land her in the Olympics. She was selected as India’s wild card entry after every other Indian swimmer was disqualified. At the South Asian Games held in 2016, she won the gold medal! Keep a lookout for her today during the 200 metre freestyle swimming competition!
- Sakshi Malik
Sakshi will be competing in the women’s freestyle wrestling at the Olympics. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, she was awarded with the silver medal after being defeated in a closely contested match during the finals. She also bagged a bronze medal during the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships held in Qatar in 2015. Watch her wrestle it out on 17th August!
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