Ever since India’s debut in the Summer Olympic Games in 1920, there has been no looking back for the nation. Indian athletes have appeared in every edition.
This time too, India is all set to create history with victories at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (5th to 21st August) with 76 sportspersons. Out of these, one name that has already found a place in history is Dipa Karmakar. She became the first Indian female gymnast to secure an Olympic spot in 52 years.
Hailing from Agartala, Karmakar started practicing gymnastics at the age of 6 under the coaching of veteran Bisbeshwar Nandi. Karmakar was flat-footed which is not a good sign for a gymnast, but Nandi drove her to overcome her challenges and stand tall as a winner.
This is not the first time Karmakar made history. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she became the first Indian female to win a bronze medal in gymnastics. She also won a bronze at the Asian Gymnastics Championships and finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, both a first for the country.