Rio: Dutte, Jitu, Dipa and Deepika are new kids on the block

Sakshi Chaturvedi
Published on: 7 Aug 2016 7:51 AM GMT
Rio: Dutte, Jitu, Dipa and Deepika are new kids on the block
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New Delhi: The much awaited mega events Rio Olympics has started. India, sending its biggest contingents ever, hopes to pocket more yellow medals than ever before.

Newstrack.com brings you the four biggest medal hopes for the country.

Dutte Chand—the thunderous sprinter:

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Born in a family of five, Dutte never knew what non-vegetarian food was. Struggled hard to get her first pair of running shoes, little did she knew that she will have to fight for getting the ban lifted from International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF).

The IAAF lifted ban in July 2015. Dutte, the brightest prospect after P T Usha, is all set to win the track with her lightening fast sprint in Rio.

Jitu Rai— Naik Subedar who knows his target:

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Fourth among five siblings and Naik Subedar in the 11 Gorakha Rifles regiment of Indian Army, Rai is one of the athletes who will definitely hit the Gold medal in the mega games. Coming from a humble background, Rai joined the Indian Army after the death of his father.

Jitu, the Indian shooter of Nepal origin, had brought the silver for India in 2016 ISSF world cup held in Azerbaijan.

Deepika Kumari- not mango but she needs gold:

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Born to an auto-driver, Deepika practised archery aiming the king of fruits-- mango, in her childhood. Deepika came to limelight after she got admitted to Arjuna Archery Academy in 2005. She had won two gold medals in the Delhi Commonwealth Games held in 2010.

She was featured in the Forbes India -- ‘30Under30’ magazine in 2014.

Dipa Karmakar—the history creator:

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After securing her berth for the Rio Olympics, Dipa Karmakar created history by becoming the first Indian female gymnast to achieve so.

She got the recognition after she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held at Glasgow, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the games. She hails from Agartala in Tripura.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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