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Dipa eyes medal at Korea meet

Agartala, Aug. 5: Commonwealth Games bronze-winning gymnast Dipa Karmakar is looking ahead to the Asian Games in South Korea where she is determined to win the gold or at least a silver medal.

Despite being flooded with congratulations on having bagged the bronze in Glasgow, the Tripura gymnast is still not satisfied.

“Had I executed better jumps in the first and second attempts, I could have landed a gold,” Dipa said at her ancestral home at Abhaynagar in Agartala.

She had attended a series of celebratory programmes ever since she landed at Agartala airport yesterday.

Hundreds of people received Dipa at the airport from where she travelled to Umakanta Mini Stadium.

In the felicitation programme hosted by state sports minister Shahid Chowdhury at the stadium, hundreds of people rent the air with cries, lauding the gymnast.

The sports minister presented Dipa with a wristwatch and she declared her resolve to try for a gold medal in the Asiad gymnastics later this year.

She also thanked her personal coach and stalwart gymnast of yesteryears, Bishweshwar Nandi.

“Dipa always had the making of a great gymnast and picked up every thing fast,” said Nandi.

Dipa, accompanied by her coach and parents, Dulal and Gouri Karmakar, proceeded to Udaipur under Gomati district, 55km from Agartala town, and visited the temple of Maata Tripureshwari.

Dugar Shield: Assam Rifles, Shillong, today overcame stiff challenge from Jorhat Town Club for a 2-1 victory to book a semi-finals berth in the ongoing 54th Sohanlal Dugar Shield football tournament at Polo Ground here, writes Pranab Kumar Das from Tezpur.


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