No Paris Olympic Quota for India in Gymnastics as Dipa Karmakar fails at the Asian Championships

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Dipa Karmakar

Dipa Karmakar, India’s star gymnast, experienced a significant setback at the Asian Gymnastics Championships 2024 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Despite her best efforts, she fell short of securing a quota for the Paris Olympics 2024.

Dipa Karmakar Performance at Asian Gymnastics Championships

Karmakar, who made history by becoming the first Indian female gymnast to compete at the Olympics in Rio 2016, finished a disappointing 16th in the all-around final. She scored a total of 46.166 points, falling significantly behind the qualifying mark. Her best performance came in the vault, where she scored 13.400 points. However, she struggled in the uneven bars (10.666), balance beam (10.800), and floor exercise (11.300), which ultimately cost her the qualification.

The lone quota spot on offer went to Emma Malabuyo of the Philippines, who finished third in the all-around with 50.398 points. This result means that, for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Games, India will not have any gymnasts at the Olympics.

This outcome marks a significant setback for Karmakar, who has had a challenging few years due to injuries and a brief doping case, from which she was eventually cleared. Despite making a comeback last year, the Tripura gymnast could not rediscover her best form in time for the all-important Asian Championships.

Karmakar’s journey started at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal by finishing fourth in the vault final. Her inspirational story of overcoming a flat foot made her a household name in India. However, her recent performance at the Asian Championships has left her and her fans disappointed.

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