Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar on Tuesday turned 23. Born on 9 August 1993, Dipa is an Indian artistic gymnast who hails from the Northeastern state of Tripura.
Dipa scripted history as she became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the qualifying round in Rio.
The young woman qualified for the final round in the individual vault final of artistic gymnastics after finishing eighth on the vault standings. She will compete in the final on August 14.
Dipa’s elder sister Puja Karmakar said: “She was keen on sports since childhood while playing at our ancestral home at Abhaynagar (on the outskirts of Agartala). She was inquisitive about the technical and minute aspects of sports.”
Congratulating Dipa and her coach Bisweswar Nandi, Tripura Sports Minister Sahid Chowdhury said that Dipa’s success in gymnastics has made the people of Tripura and all Indians proud.
Dipa’s teacher Minati Debnath said that Dipa started practicing gymnastics when she was six years old. “She was a lovable girl and all teachers and students were affectionate to her.”
Dipa is only the second Indian gymnast to have won a Commonwealth Games medal (2014). A five-time national overall individual champion between 2010-2014, Karmakar was given the Arjuna Award last year.
Besides being the first Indian woman, she is the first Indian gymnast qualified for the quadrennial extravaganza after a gap of 52 long years.
The Election Commission has appointed her as Tripura state’s election icon. Tripura’s sports and youth affairs department promoted her to Sports Officer from Physical Instructor last year.