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Dipa Karmakar is an artistic gymnast who represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is the first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics, and the first Indian gymnast to do in the 52 years. She attained the 4th position in Women Vault Gymnastics event of Rio Olympics with an overall score of 15.066.
In 2014 She first gained attention when she won a bronze medal at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, becoming the first Indian female gymnast in the history of the Games. The GoSports Foundation is supporting her under the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme.
Karmakar is one of the five women who has successfully landed the Produnova, the most difficult vault currently performed in women’s gymnastics. She also won a bronze medal at Asian Gymnastics Championships and finished fifth at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2015, both firsts for her country.
Dipa achieved history in April when she became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The first athlete of either sex from her country to grace Games since Tokyo 1964. For her excellent performance in Olympics, the government of India conferred upon her the Khel Ratna award in August 2016.
Dipa said after winning the fourth position
Dipa Karmakar said that she not disappointed at missing out on the historic bronze in the final of the Rio Olympics here and that she satisfied with her performance.
“I never expected a medal from this Olympics but to have come fourth is very creditable. In boxing, wrestling you get bronze even when you finish fourth but not for me. It was very close to the medal. After four years, my target to win the gold,” Dipa said brimming with self-confidence.
For me, this is my first Olympics. I am not disappoint I give my best in Tokyo 2020.
Early life and career
Dipa Karmakar belonging to a Bengali family from Agartala in Tripura started practicing gymnastics when she was just 6 years old and has coached by Soma Nandi and Bisweshwar Nandi.
When she started gymnastics, Karmakar had flat feet, a physical Strait in a gymnast because it affects their performance. Through extensive training, she able to develop an arc in her foot.
In 2008, she won the Junior Nationals in Jalpaiguri. Since 2007, Dipa has won 77 medals, including 67 gold, at the state, national and international championships. She was part of Indian gymnastics contingent in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where Ashish Kumar won India first-ever Commonwealth Games gymnastics medal.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao gives the cash prize of Rs 50 lakh to Dipa Karmakar, who finished fourth in women Vault Gymnastics event at the Rio Olympics.
They said that “Exceptional performance by girls in the Olympics is inspiring. There is a need to support girls in all the fields, and whole nation should support them in their endeavor,” KCR was quoted as saying in a release from the Chief Minister’s Office.
India Rio Olympics medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand gifted BMW cars. By Sachin Tendulkar in felicitation function held at Hyderabad.