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Dipa Karmakar is first Indian woman gymnast to bag Olympics berth

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar on Sunday completed her performance at the final qualifier and Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro as she produced a spectacular show, finishing ninth in the first of the four subdivisions of the women's artistic category.

Dipa, seeking to become the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics, garnered a total score of 52.698 points.

Besides being the first Indian woman, Karmakar will also be an Indian gymnast qualifying for the quadrennial extravaganza after 52 long years.

The International Federation of Gymnastics (Federation Internationale de Gymnastique) has confirmed Karmakar's Rio Games qualification in its official release.

Last week, Karmakar became the first woman gymnast and the second Indian to bag a bronze medal at the sixth Gymnastics Asian Championships in Hiroshima.

She came into the limelight at the 2015 Commonwealth Games (CWG) held in Glasgow, Scotland and won a Bronze, making it India's first-ever medal by a woman gymnast in the CWG.

Dipa, who hails from Tripura's Agartala, did not enter into gymnastics by her choice. She was initiated into it by her father, Dulal, a weightlifting coach. Trained by Kaplana Debnath and B.S. Nandi in Agartala, she improved tremendously.

In spite of missing out on the gold and silver, it is for her faultless execution of the Produnova - a vault that consists of a front handspring and two front somersaults - that Dipa won her medal.