Dipa Karmakar, Jitu Rai Recommended for Khel Ratna

Asian Games gold medallist Jitu Rai and gymnast Dipa Karmakar have been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Jitu have been recommended for the prestigious award for his exploits in pistol shooting in the last two years although he couldn’t win a medal in the Rio Olympics.

Dipa created history last week when she became the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the final of the women’s vault final. Up against American Simone Biles and other top gymnasts from the world, Dipa held her nerves and procured 15.266 points when she pulled off the produnova in front of an awestruck audience. She was third on the table but Biles’ remarkable effort saw the Indian slip down to fourth.


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