Dipa Karmakar becomes 1st Indian Gymnast to Qualify for Olympic Final

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In the ongoing 2nd day of Rio Olympics, artistic gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s fate to advance in Vaults final is hanging by thread, whereas Indian Women’s Hockey team played a draw in their first match, the Archery women’s recurve team lost out a close battle in the quarter-finals, shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai have moved to the 2nd day of qualification in Men’s trap event while Hina crashed out of the women’s 10m air pistol qualification round by finishing.

In a historic first, Dipa Karmakar became the lone Indian ever to qualify for the finals of Artistic Gymnastics. In her specialty, the Vault apparatus, with average score of 14.850, Dipa made the country proud, as she grabbed the 8th position to advance to the finals.

She will now be seen in the finals action on Sunday evening. Top eight from each apparatus qualify for finals. There were overall five sub divisions and Dipa competed in the third sub division.

Earlier, Dipa was the the first ever Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.

In Hockey, Indian eves brought joy as they came from a two goal deficit to end the match in a draw.

Playing their opening encounter against Japan, they were down Nil-2 at the end of second quarter. Japan scored through Emi Nishikori in the 15th minute and Mie Nakashima in 28th minute.

But the Indians made a valiant fightback as Rani Rampal hit the board in 31st minute and Lilima Minz in 40th minute scored the equaliser.

The women’s hockey squad, which has qualified for the Olympics after 36 years, showed a lot of grit in the face of adversity and staged a grand rally in the second half to hold higher-ranked Japan to a 2-2 draw.

The women’s recurve archery team lost in the quarter finals after a close match against Russia. The trio of Laishram Devi, Laxmirani Majhi and Deepika Kumari took 4 to 2 set lead but a sloppy last set gave Russia the equaliser. At the end of regulated sets the match was equally poised at 4-4 and went to tie breaker.

The match went down to last arrow and India needed a perfect 10 to equalise the tie breaker. But luck was not on Deepika’s side as she hit the 8 mark zone. In the end Russia beat India 25-23 in the tie breaker.

Earlier, India had edged out Colombia 5-3 to enter the quarter finals.
From shooting arena, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai have moved to the 2nd day of qualification in Men’s trap event.

Manavjit is placed 17th while Chenai at 19th out of 33 shooters. The duo will return in the evening today for second day of qualification where there will be two more rounds of 25 targets each.

Meanwhile, Heena Sidhu crashed out of the women’s 10m air pistol qualification round by finishing way behind the leaders in the 14th position out of 44 competitors. Heena will now try to make amends when she competes in the 25m pistol event, scheduled to be held tomorrow.

News Courtesy: NewsOnAir

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