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Dipa Karmakar Turns 23, But Can't Celebrate As She Is Under 'House Arrest' Till Rio Vault Finals

It was early birthday gift for gymnast Dipa Karmakar when she qualified for the vault finals at the Rio Olympics.

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She turns 23 today, but unfortunately is under restriction till the finals on August 14. By finishing 8th in the qualifier, Dipa became became the first Indian to achieve this feat.
He coach Bishweshwar Nandi has kept her under 'house arrest' so that she can concentrate on the finals.
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More than 35,000 kilometres away from her hometown Agartala in Tripura, Dipa unlikely to receive birthday greetings except from her parents.
Her only companions are roommate Saikhom Mirabai Chanu --the only Indian woman weightlifter -- and of course Nandi who's been with her for the last 16 years.
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Nandi believes that birthday celebrations can wait for the moment as something much bigger is around the corner.
Well best of luck to her as she looks to do India proud in 5 days time. That might just be the best birthday gift ever if she clinches a medal. If so, then the present will be celebrated by an entire nation.

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