Rio Olympics 2016: Dipa Karmakar's 'vault of death'

Tripura girl Dipa Karmakar has vaulted into the finals of vault gymnastics in Rio Olympics 2016, being the first Indian gymnast to do so.

Dipa Karmakar scripted history by becoming the first Indian to make the cut for individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games.

Dipa Karmakar scripted history by becoming the first Indian to make the cut for individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games.  (WION)

Karmakar is one of the five gymnasts since Prudonova, the Russian athlete, who has made one of the most difficult vaults her calling card.

Karmakar is one of the five gymnasts since Prudonova, the Russian athlete, who has made one of the most difficult vaults her calling card.  (WION)

The trick in the vault, which is a gymnastic apparatus on which gymnasts perform, is to get high enough to perform complicated flips before landing safely on the feet.

The trick in the vault, which is a gymnastic apparatus on which gymnasts perform, is to get high enough to perform complicated flips before landing safely on the feet. (WION)

The official difficulty rating of a Produnova is 7-- which is often described as 'risky'. That's why the act is described as 'most difficult and dangerous manoeuvre in gymnastics'.

The official difficulty rating of a Produnova is 7-- which is often described as 'risky'. That's why the act is described as 'most difficult and dangerous manoeuvre in gymnastics'. (WION)

Karmakar secured a place in the finals with an average of 14.850 points as the top-8 made the cut for the final round. 

 Karmakar secured a place in the finals with an average of 14.850 points as the top-8 made the cut for the final round. (WION)

Amongst the eight who made the cut, Simon Biles, with an average of 16.050 points, could be Karmakar's toughest competition.

Amongst the eight who made the cut, Simon Biles, with an average of 16.050 points, could be Karmakar's toughest competition. (WION)

Six of the eight competitors are younger than Karmakar. Age, however, is just a number and Dipa, at 23, could be a game-changer.

Six of the eight competitors are younger than Karmakar. Age, however, is just a number and Dipa, at 23, could be a game-changer.  (WION)