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

Aug 15, 2016, 11:43 AM IST
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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

1. Dipa Karmakar was born on 9 August 1993 in Tripura.

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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

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

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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

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

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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

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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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

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

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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

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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Deepa Karmakar

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

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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

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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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

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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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

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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Deepa Karmakar

Deepa Karmakar

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'

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