Each country seems to have a national hero when the Olympics rolls around, and for India, Dipa Karmakar is the one to watch this year in Rio de Janeiro.
According to NBC, Karmakar has “become the first female gymnast from India to make the Olympics,” posting an all-around score of 52.968 in April during the final Olympic qualifying event.
After the first qualifying events of the Games in Rio, the Times of India reports that the 22-year-old athlete qualified for the individual vault finals in her Olympic debut, placing eighth in the qualifying round.
NBC says Karmakar is a “vault specialist,” coming in fifth in the vault finals at the 2015 world championships. But in the Indian national championships, NBC reports that Karmakar ” the all-around and all four apparatus titles … in 2011, 2013 and 2015.”