Dipa Karmakar; read on to know how a flat footed gymnast created world history

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Dipa Karmakar; read on to know how a flat footed gymnast created world history

Dipa Karmakar, India’s sporting sensation, has created history yet again. She has won the gold medal at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Turkey. A woman of substance, Dipa has yet again proved that grit, determination and hard work can make a person achieve the unimaginable. She had been out of action due to an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury for a long time and had even pulled out of major international events because of it. But her return has been exemplary and a fine instance of what a real sportsperson is made of.

Steel and grit – that’s what Dipa is.

Earlier, the 22-year-old from Tripura, created history when she became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics. She gathered a total score of 52. 698 points in the final artistic gymnastics qualifying event in Rio. Though India has had a steady, but small, male presence in the category—11 male gymnasts have taken part in the Olympics since 1952—this was definitely a first for an Indian woman. She finished 4th, missing the bronze by a whisker and created history by being the 5th woman in the world to successfully attempt the Produnova vault.

Here are some interesting facts about the sports star.

  • She belongs to Agartala, Tripura.
  • Her father, Dulal Karmakar, is a weightlifting coach with the Sports Authority of India.

  • She got inducted into gymnastics at the young age of 6. From then to now, there has been no looking back.
  • As a kid, she was flat-footed, which is not good for a gymnast.
  • She was also fearful of heights and falling. As such, attempting the beam was a nightmare for her.
  • At 22, she is just 5 feet tall, yet the laurels she brings are way higher.
  • Since 2007, Dipa has won a total of 77 medals, out of which 67 are gold. But her moment of glory came, when she won the bronze at the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow in 2014.

  • She is one of only five women in the world who have successfully performed the Produnova vault, a difficult gymnastic move which, if gone wrong, can lead to life-threatening injuries.
  • Such was her dedication that in order to perfect the vault, she would keep a weekly tally. Her final was at 127!
  • She received the Arjuna Award in 2015.
  • She is the first female Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.
  • Her coach’s name is Bisbeshwar Nandi, who has been involved with her training since she started.

A true inspiration. For all future sportswomen and gymnasts, Dipa Karmakar will be a guiding light of immense motivation. She has indeed made the country proud.





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