Dipa Karmakar may have missed the medal by a whisker at the Rio Olympics last year, but her performance has put gymnastics in the spot light in India.
The 23-year-old, who became the first Indian woman gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics, scored an average of 15.066 points, a mere 0.15 less than Switzerland’s eventual bronze-winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216).
What made her famous was the use of ‘Produnova Vault’, which even her coach Bisweswar Nandi wants to spread it among the other gymnasts in the country.
“My main target will be to teach the Produnova vault to others. I hope to see others also learn and execute the vault and win medals,” Nandi told the Indian media recently.
But he added, “The gymnasts must have the courage and determination of mastering Produnova. Dipa had tremendous courage to master the art. That’s why she was able to achieve it. Determination is important to execute such a difficult vault, but I’m hopeful they also can learn it.”
Recently, during her visit to the country legendary Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci lauded Karmakar’s fourth-place finish at Rio and also shared some tips on improving the Produnova.
“For us, Nadia is God. I’m really happy to talk to her. She suggested that if I do certain changes in my Produnova vault, I can be much better,” Karmakar was quoted in the Indian media.
Comaneci became the first gymnast in the history of the Olympics to achieve a perfect score of 10.0 at the 1976 Montreal Games.
“It’s really amazing to watch the new generation of girls. Indian parents who’ve girls can see an opportunity their daughters can to do well in gymnastics. Dipa is now a role model for many Indian girls. She also proved you don’t need to be Romanian or American to make an impact in the sport,” said Comaneci. “Apart from Produnova, she needs to improve and make other vault perfect. She only need to work on the details like how to put her feet while landing, speed and techniques.”
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