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India’s leading gymnasts Dipa Karmakar created history by becoming first Indian gymnast to win gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey. This is her first medal in World Challenge Cup. Dipa Karmakar scored 14.150 to clinch the gold medal. Indonesia’s won silver medal with 13.400 points followed by Turkey’s Goksu Uctas Sanli who clinched bronze medal with score of 13.200. Dipa also topped qualification with score of 13.400.
She was born on 9 August 1993 in Agartala, Tripura. In August 2016, she scripted history by becoming first Indian female gymnast to qualify for final vault event at 2016 Rio Olympics, with score of 14.833. She missed out on the bronze medal in finals of the Women’s Vault event by finishing 4th with overall score of 15.066.
She is first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in Olympics, and first Indian gymnast to do so in 52 years. She is only fifth woman in gymnastics history to land Produnova vault (handspring double front). She is also one of the five women who have successfully landed on very difficult Produnova vault in competition.
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 bronze medal at Asian Gymnastics Championships and had finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
Awards and Honours: Government of India has honoured her with Khel Ratna award in August 2016 for her commendable performance in Rio Olympics 2016. She was also awarded Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 2017.
The Union Government bestows National Sports Awards every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports in India.
These awards include Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award, Dhyan Chand Award, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar .
2016 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
- It is India’s highest sporting award given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.
- Recipients are: PV Sindhu (Badminton), Sakshi Malik (Wrestling), Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics) and Jitu Rai (Shooting).
2016 Dronacharya Award
- It bestowed upon coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events.
- Recipients are: Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics),Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket),Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), S. Pradeep Kumar (Swimming) and Mahabir Singh (Wrestling).
2016 Arjuna Award
- It is India’s second highest sporting award bestowed upon sportsperson for consistently outstanding performance for four years.
- Recipients are: Rajat Chauhan (Archery), Lalita Babar (Athletics),Sourav Kothari (Billiards & Snooker), Shiva Thapa (Boxing),Ajinkya Rahane (Cricket), Subrata Paul (Football), Rani (Hockey),Raghunath V.R. (Hockey), Gurpreet Singh (Shooting), Apurvi Chandela (Shooting), Soumyajit Ghosh (Table Tennis),Vinesh (Wrestling), Amit Kumar (Wrestling), Sandeep Singh Mann (Para-Athletics) and Virender Singh (Wrestling).
2016 Dhyan Chand Award
- It is bestowed upon sportspersons for life time contribution to sports development.
- Recipients are: Satti Geetha (Athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (Hockey) and Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (Rowing).
2015-16 Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy
- It is bestowed upon overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments.
- Recipient: Punjabi University, Patiala.