Rio de Janeiro: Indian Woman gymnast Dipa Karmakar participates at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil on Sunday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav (PTI8_8_2016_000031B)
Rio de Janeiro: Indian Woman gymnast Dipa Karmakar participates at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil on Sunday. PTI Photo by Atul Yadav (PTI8_8_2016_000031B)

Agartala : The northeastern state of Tripura is waiting with bated breath for its daughter Dipa Karmakar to appear in the gymnastics vault final of the Rio Olympics today.

Dipa’s family, specially her father Dulal Kamakar, mother Gauri Devi and elder sister Puja are performing special prayersfor her victory.

“We have no tension, but we are fanatically waiting to watch Dipa’s performance in the television. Not only are we, our relatives and neighbours equally enthusiastic and tensed for Dipa,” Dulal Karmakar, a weightlifting coach with the Sports Authority of India, told IANS.

Some local clubs and social activists are organising ‘yagnas’ (special mega puja) for Dipa’s success. “We are organising a big yagna here to pray to almighty so that Dipa wins a medal for the country. If she wins a medal, the entire country would be grateful to her forever,” said social activist Sushanta Chowdhury.

Dipa has already become the toast of the nation by becoming the first woman gymnast to  Besides, Dipa is the first Indian gymnast to make the cut for the Olympics in 52 years.

The last time Indians participated in gymnastics at the Olympics was way back in 1964, but at that time, there was no qualification.

COUNTRY    GOLD SILVER          BRONZE        TOTAL

United States  21        14        17        52

China   13        10        16        39

Great Britain   8          10        6          24

Germany         8          4          3          15

Japan   7          3          14        24

Australia          6          6          7          19

South Korea    6          3          4          13

Russia  5          9          8          22

France 5          8          5          18

Hungary          5          3          3          11

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