As you probably know by now, Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the final round of the Vault apparatus competition at Rio 2016. Her impressive score of 14.850, which included a successful attempt of the famous ‘Produnova’ secured her the 8th position in the qualifying round.
The ‘Produnova’ is a skill named after Russian gymnast Yelena Produnova, who was the first to successfully complete the skill in 1999. The vault consists of a front handspring and two front somersaults, has a scoring of 7.0 in terms of difficulty and is one of the hardest vaults being done today in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.
Currently, Dipa holds the highest score for an attempt at the Produnova in the world: 15.100, which is 7.000 for difficulty, and an 8.100 for execution, with a 0.1 penalty. Only two of her contemporaries have attempted the Produnova: Yamilet Pena of Dominican Republic and Fadwa Mahmoud of Egypt. Apart from her, none have managed to garner a high of 15.100 in a high-profile competition. The first time Dipa completed the Produnova was in the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, which won her the bronze medal.
Now Dipa has a chance to become the first medalist ever for India in gymnastics at the Olympics when she competes in the vault final on 14th August.
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