Dipa carrying Indian hopes in gymnastic

Rio de Janeiro: She has already grabbed a piece of history by becoming the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics and Dipa Karmakar would aim to touch greater heights when she competes at the Rio Games, here tomorrow.

Fighting all odds, the 22-year-old diminutive girl from Tripura had qualified for the Olympics at this very venue in April. She has given her soul into mastering the highly difficult Produnova -- a double front somersault vault -- and is relying on it for a super show.

She says she has done about 1000 repetitions of the move so the key for her would be do well in the uneven bars, beam and floor exercises.

"I've seen her tremendous hard work and determination. Initially I was scared when she tried it but her never-say-die attitude makes her confident. We just need to stay focused," her coach Bisweshwar Nandi said.

PTI