Rio Olympics 2016: After finishing fourth in vault final, Dipa Karmakar's next goal is to win gold in 2020 Olympics

The 23-year-old Dipa, who had become the first Indian woman gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics, scored an average of 15.066 points, a mere 0.15 less than the eventual bronze winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216) of Switzerland.

Last Updated: Aug 15, 2016, 11:45 AM IST
Rio Olympics 2016: After finishing fourth in vault final, Dipa Karmakar's next goal is to win gold in 2020 Olympics

New Delhi: Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who impressed the sporting fraternity by finishing fourth in the vault final at Rio Olympics 2016, has said that her eyes are now on winning gold medal in next Olympics.

Despite being disappointed, Dipa said that she wasn't expecting a medal from Rio Games 2016 and finishing fourth in itself is an achievement.

"I never expected a medal from this Olympics but to have come fourth is very creditable. In boxing, wrestling you get a bronze even when you finish fourth but not for me. It was very close to medal. After four years, my target would be gold," Dipa said brimming with confidence after her brilliant effort yesterday.

"For me this is my first Olympics. But I don't need to be disappointed I will give my best in Tokyo 2020," she said.

"I'm fully satisfied with my performance. This is my highest score. But the medalists were better than me. Maybe, it was not my day," a graceful Dipa said.

She said with some luck she could have got a medal.

"It's my bad luck that I missed the bronze medal by a few points. But no problem, I never expected this fourth place finish in my first Olympics.

"I never expected a medal honestly. My first target was to better my scores in the two vaults, and I succeeded in doing that. Whatever I had learnt, I managed to perform. There's been no better score than this in the two vaults that I performed," said the girl from Agartala.

The 23-year-old Dipa, who had become the first Indian woman gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics, scored an average of 15.066 points, a mere 0.15 less than the eventual bronze winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216) of Switzerland.