Dipa Karmakar – 11 facts you must know about India's new Olympic star

Aug 15, 2016, 11:43 AM IST
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1. Dipa Karmakar was born on 9 August 1993 in Tripura.

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2. Daughter of a weightlifting coach, Dipa has been practicing the sport since the age of six.

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3. Her coach's name is Bisbeshwar Nandi, who has been with her ever since she took the sport.

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4. Dipa won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the Games.  

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5. In 2015, at the Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships, Dipa bagged yet another bronze.

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6. In state, national and international championships the young athlete has 77 medals to her credit, majority of them are gold- 67.  

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7. Dipa made headlines when she became the first Indian female gymnast ever to qualify for the Olympics.

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8. Dipa scripted history as she became the first Indian to qualify for the individual vault finals in Rio Olympics, 2016.

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9. Dipa entered the final by successfully completing the Produnova vault which is considered the most dangerous move in the world of gymnasticstics.

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10. Dipa Karmakar finished fourth in the vault final of Rio Olympics 2012 where she missed the bronze medal by a whisker.

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11. Karmakar is only the fifth woman in gymnastics history to land the Produnova vault, or the handspring double front. It is also called the 'Vault of death'