Despite Simone Biles bagging Gold at Rio Olympics, it was Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar who was trending on social media
Dipa Karmakar might have finished fourth in women’s vault gymnastics event at Rio Olympics on Sunday, but she won the hearts with her Produnova.
Ms. Karmakar became the household name after she became the first Indian to qualify for Olympics in gymnastics. Expectations were running high that this Tripura woman would end India’s drought for a medal at Rio, after she made it to the finals by finishing eighth.
She began trending in Google and across social media even before the actual event.
Wishes were pouring in from cross section of people including sports icons, politicians and celebrities.
Sorry to 1.3 billions peoples i can’t make it possible. But tried hard to do so. If possible forgive me!
— Dipa Karmakar (@idipakarmakar) August 14, 2016
Her words her story.vulnerable n courageous.Made me root 4 not only her but every single athlete who gave their best.#DeepaKarmakar so proud
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) August 15, 2016
Wat a performance by #DeepaKarmakar 🇮🇳 u make India proud 🇮🇳
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 14, 2016
Thank u #DipaKarmakar fr getting us united at midnight cheering fr Gymnastics,in a country with no infrastructure for this sport.Super Proud
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 14, 2016