India’s Gymnastics hope- DIPA KARMARKAR

As a sports lover, you come across many sports.. Gymnastics is one of them. It is extremely challenging yet very interesting to watch. The balance, the poise and the Elegance with which artistic gymnasts perform is worth watching.

During my younger days, I was  always glued to the television whenever I saw Russian teenagers performing dangerous yet jaw dropping stunts on a bar…( Yup, that’s what I used to call them.. Stunts on a bar and wondered whether these ladies had bones or not). Now that I know we have a representative in this sport, I am even more attracted towards it…
In my series of introducing debutants from India to Rio, I want to throw some light on a young yet ever talented DIPA KARMARKAR .

Dipa-Karmakar

Know her more

The 22 year old created history by becoming the first Indian female gymnast to book a place for Olympics. Not only that, she clinched gold medal at the test event of the Rio Games. She scored 14.833 in her first attempt. Her second attempt score was equally impressive. She scored 14.566.  Dipa will also be first in 52 years to represent India in the sport. Since our independence, only 11 Indian male gymnasts have taken part in the Olympics.

When you look at her, she seems normal and is for sure has a next door girl image. But we all love next door girl, right??

Born in a humble family, Dipa got into Gymnastics when she was just 6 years old. Since then, she has been coached by Veteran Bisbeshwar Nandi.

But do you know a secret? Karmarkar had a “FLAT FOOT”which naturally was not idle for a gymnast. She and her coach had to work extremely hard to bring about curves in her feet. As they say when the tough gets going, the going gets tough and Dipa slowly but steadily got the grip she wanted and gave everything in her arsenal to achieve the feat she has.

Some of her achievements in her past have been a Bronze Medal win at the Asian Gymnastics Championships and a 5th place finish at the 2015 world Artistic Gymnastics which. Both were a first for India.

Having achieved so much in such a short span is not the only thing that makes Dipa Special. Her mastering of Produnova vault in competition has made everybody hook to her as well.. Only 5 women in the history have been able to do so till now.

For those who are not well versed with gymnastics’ Terminology, Produnova is the vault which consists of a front handspring and two front sommersaults with a frontal landing. The vault currently has a 7.0 difficult score. When you learn that out of 5 women in the world, one is Indian gives me goose bumps.

Let us hope that Dipa Karmarkar repeats her feat and makes the nation proud in the upcoming Rio Olympics.

In my next post, I will be introducing you all to another Debutant.

 

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