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New Delhi: In a goodwill gesture, the Sports Ministry on Thursday, announced Rs 30 lacs as a reward for ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar on her return from Rio for making the nation proud. 

Karmakar, on Sunday, became the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics in the history of the Games.

Dipa scored 14.833 as her best effort to finish first in the women’s vaults finals at the Rio Olympic Arena. She defeated 2008 Olympic silver medallist Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan.

After the historic qualification, the Tripura girl is eyeing a podium finish at the grand event.

Karmakar had already grabbed eyeballs for her performance back in 2014 in Glasgow when she put India on the global gymnastics map with a medal at the Commonwealth Games. 

First Published | 21 April 2016 3:08 PM
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