We found our own Nadia Comaneci: Shah Rukh Khan lauds Rio bound Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar

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.

Dipa Karmakar and Shah Rukh Khan

Dipa Karmakar and Shah Rukh Khan

"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.



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Updated Date: Apr 20, 2016 16:07:55 IST

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