We found our own Nadia Comaneci: Shah Rukh Khan lauds Rio bound Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has praised Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who has won a gold medal in the women's vaults finals at the Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has praised Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who has won a gold medal in the women's vaults finals at the Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 50-year-old, who is currently riding high on the success of the film "Fan", has labelled Karmakar as the "pride of the nation" and added that her acheivements inspire him.
"Finally our own Nadia Comaneci (a former Romanian gymnast). Dipa Karmakar you are the pride of our Nation. Your achievements inspire us. Thanks little one," the "Dilwale" star wrote on the photograph of the gymnast.
Karmakar became the first Indian woman gymnast to win a gold in a world gymnastics event. The 22-year-old scored 14.833 points in her first attempt, which was enough to secure her the top spot. Dipa scored 14.566 in her second and last tries, respectively.
The 22-year-old has already created history by winning bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and become the first women athlete to win a medal at the Commonwealth games.
Dipa also attracted praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hailed her qualification for the Rio games as a proud moment for all Indians. "Dipa has made India proud and brought glory to its name. First time, a daughter from the country has been selected in gymnastics stream for the Rio Olympics. She has achieved the feat through her determination. Lack of resources never came in her way," the PM said.
Master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar also congratulated Dipa Karmakar on her feat by taking to Twitter to heap parise on the gymnast from Agartala. "Congratulations #DipaKarmakar on creating history with your qualification. You inspire young Indians with your achievement. Best wishes," Tendulkar tweeted.
Modi has been deemed to be one of the biggest supporters and proponents of Yoga.
Huge celebrations have been planned for the occasion, with over 71,000 diyas to be lit at Varanasi’s Bharat Mata temple
An internal investigation by the Justice Department released in July said the FBI made fundamental errors in the probe and did not treat the case with the "utmost seriousness" after USA Gymnastics first reported the allegations to the FBI's field office in Indianapolis in 2015.