New Delhi: Dipa, who became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics a few months ago, had finished fifth in her favourite vault event in the World artistic gymnastics championships at Glasgow in October last year. The Tripura lass had missed out on the podium by 0.858 points at the World championships before producing a stunning performance at the test event for the Rio Games to win Gold and to qualify for the Olympics.
FIG had sent a letter to Dipa confirming the athlete's distinction. Along with the letter, was enclosed a badge that she will be wearing for the Rio Games. Top 30 qualifiers in multiple apparatus events are awarded with this distinction, which is a once-in-a-career moment for a gymnast.
“It’s common for gymnasts from Russia, US, Japan and China. But it’s a big thing for Indian gymnastics,” Dipa’s coach BS Nandy said, reported to media. “I was happy and emotional when she qualified for Rio, today I am proud. It’s like the whole of India’s good wishes are with this girl,” said the coach who lost close to 5 kg worrying and sleepless the night before his ward’s Olympic qualification was formally announced. “I’ll never forget that stressful night when I lost all that weight till 7.30 am the next day!,” he recalled. The coach also confirmed that the distinction and the badge will be handed over to Dipa at a special function in the next few days.