Jakarta: India’s campaign in Asian Games gymnastics ended Friday without a medal after Dipa Karmakar finished fifth in the women’s balance beam event final here.
Dipa, who was the fifth gymnast to perform on the beam, finished at the same spot with a score of 12.500 in the eight-woman final. She had scored 12.750 in the qualification round.
China’s Chen Yile clinched gold with a score of 14.600 while North Korean Kim Jong Su (13.400) and Zhang Jin (13.325) of China took the silver and bronze respectively.
Considering that she was not 100 per cent fit, Dipa’s performance was not too bad. The balance beam was also not her favourite event. She could not qualify for the final in her pet event of vault in which she had finished fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her old knee injury flared up during the vault qualification round as she finished behind compatriots Aruna Budda Reddy and Pranati Nayak.
India thus failed yet again to win a medal in the Asiad Games. India’s only medal in gymnastics came in the 2010 Asiad when Ashish Kumar clinched bronze in floor exercise.