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Dipa Karmakar fails to win medal at Rio Olympics but inspires million of hearts

Dipa Karmakar fails to win medal at Rio Olympics but inspires million of hearts pardesi news 1471361669

Dipa Karmakar, ace gymnast from India, had a narrow miss at her chance to win bronze medal at the Rio Olympics gymnastics contest. However, she won the hearts of millions in India and abroad.

Dipa Karmakar may have failed to bag a medal at Rio 2016, but her Produnova has stunned everyone in India and she received widespread appreciation from all quarters.

She had performed well although she missed the opportunity to win the bronze medal by a whisker. Dulal Karmakar, Dipa's father, stated that he was happy with his daughter's performance in the final event. He opined that he takes pride in his daughter, who journeyed from a modest household in India's small state like Tripura to the world's top class gymnastic event. Gauri Devi, Dipa's mother, wished that her daughter would perform better in the 2018 Winter Olympics to win gold. Indian Legendary artist Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “DipaKarmakar .. the pride of India .. your story is what compels us to do better ... and we will !! Many congratulations!!”.  The former India cricketer Virender Sehwag has requested the government to name a special train and plane after gymnast Dipa Karmakar r in order to honour her magnificent efforts at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

In the final event, Dipa secured 15.066 points on average to secure fourth position at the 31st Rio Olympics. She finished fourth in the final of the women's Vault event, missing out on what would have been India's first Olympic medal in gymnastics by just 0.15 points. The three-time world all-round champion Simone Biles from US topped the charts with a score of 16.050.

At 2014 Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow she had created history becoming the first Indian female gymnast to win medal (bronze) in history of the games. She also had won a bronze medal at the Asian Gymnastics Championships and had finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. She is also one of the five women who have successfully landed on very difficult Produnova vault in competition.

Dipa is the first Indian gymnast to qualify the Olympics in 52 years. Earlier, Indians took part in gymnastics at the Olympics in 1964. However, there were no qualification criteria for participation during that time. Six men from India participated in the artistic individual all-round category at the 1964 Games in Tokyo. In total, only 12 Indian men have participated in the Olympics till date with two in 1952, three in 1956 and six in 1964.

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