|Famous For||Winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 150 cm
in meters– 1.50 m
in feet inches– 4’ 11”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 50 kg
in pounds– 110 lbs
|Category||Women’s Artistic Gymnastics|
|Level||Senior International Elite|
|Coach/Mentor||Soma Nandi & Bisweshwar Nandi|
|Records (main ones)||• First Indian female to win a medal (Bronze) in the history of Commonwealth Games; she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
• The first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics, she represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||2015: Arjuna Award
2016: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award
2017: Padma Shri
|Date of Birth||9 August 1993|
|Age (as in 2018)||25 Years|
|School||Agartala’s Abhoynagar Nazrul Smriti Vidyalaya|
|College/University||Women’s College, Agartala|
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Bachelor of Arts
• MA in Political Science
|Caste||Other Backward Class (OBC)|
|Hobbies||Cooking, Listening to Music, Watching Films|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father– Dulal Karmakar (Weight Lifting Coach at SAI)
Mother– Gita Karmakar
Sister– Puja Karmakar
|Favourite Cricketer||Sachin Tendulkar|
|Favourite Gymnast||Nadia Comăneci|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Dipa Karmakar
- Dipa Karmakar is the first Indian female to win a bronze medal in Gymnastics; competing at an international event.
- When she bagged a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she also achieved the distinction of becoming only the third woman in the world to successfully land the Produnova vault, which is considered one of the most difficult vaults.
- She has been practising gymnastics since the age of 6.
- Dipa learned the basics of gymnastics at the Vivekananda Byamagar in Tripura.
- The first success that Dipa had tasted outside her hometown was in 2008 when she won the Junior Nationals in Jalpaiguri.
- Her first experience at an international event was in 2010 when she became a part of the Indian gymnastics contingent at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
- While representing Tripura in the 2011 National Games of India, Dipa Karmakar won gold medals in the all-around and all four events: floor, vault, balance beam and uneven bars.
- After her 2014 Commonwealth Games stint, Dipa went on to finish fourth in the vault final at the 2014 Asian Games. The same year, she also won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships, held in Hiroshima.
- In October 2015, Karmakar became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for a final stage at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Glasgow.
- After clearing the 2016 Olympic Test Event on 10 August 2016, Dipa became the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the final vault event at the Olympics. However, she missed out on the bronze medal, finishing fourth in the finals of the event with a score of 15.066 on 14 August 2016 at the Gymnastics Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- After her Rio Olympics stint, the Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, also BMW’s brand ambassador, had handed over the keys to Karmakar and two other Rio medal winners- shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik. However, Dipa returned the luxury car; citing the poor road condition in her hometown of Agartala. Later, she bought a Hyundai Elantra from the Rs 25 lakh she got after returning a BMW.
- In the latter half of 2017, she nursed a knee injury and had to undergo corrective surgery for her anterior cruciate ligament. She also had to miss the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
- In July 2018, when she won a gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin in Turkey, she became the first Indian gymnast to win a gold medal at a global event.
- In 2018, she again hurt her knee and failed to qualify for the vault final at the 2018 Asian Games.
- Dipa gives all the credit behind her gymnastic skills to her coach, Bisweshwar Nandi, who has been mentoring Dipa since she was six years old. While talking about Dipa’s eagerness to learn the sport, Bisweshwar Nandi says-
She’s Ziddi (stubborn). She keeps practising till she’s satisfied and she stays hungry for more.”
- Dipa’s father, Dulal Karmakar, who is also an athlete, says that he is living his dream through Dipa-
I told her ‘I could never don national colours. Will you do it for me?’ She said, ‘Yes, I will realise your dreams’ and she has kept her promise.”
- She had flat feet when she joined gymnastics. While talking about her flat feet, Mr. Nandi says-
I still remember Dipa coming to me as a flat-footed kid, which is not good for a gymnast. It affects the spring in her jump.”
- In 2017, she was honoured with a D.Litt. degree by the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala.
- In the same year, Karmakar was also listed in the Forbes’ list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30.
- The Department of Post, in January 2017, unveiled a special cover on Karmakar at a two-day-long district-level philatelic exhibition organised in Agartala.
- In January 2019, Sachin Tendulkar launched her autobiography- The Small Wonder.
- On the occasion of Barbie Doll’s 60th anniversary, Dipa was selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls.
- Dipa is a very religious person and often holds Mahavir and Durga Pujas at her home.
- Dipa considers Nadia Comăneci, a Romanian retired gymnast and a five-time Olympic gold medalist, her role model.
- After becoming a successful gymnast, Dipa is inspiring girls in her hometown to take up the sport.
- Besides being a gymnast, Dipa is also a great cook and loves cooking at her home whenever she gets an opportunity to do so.