Dipa Karmakar's coach Bisweswar Nandi has expressed his firm belief that his pupil, who finished fourth in the women's vault final, will finish with a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He has also revealed Dipa's initial struggle due to her flat foot, and how they overcame the problem.
"We are really happy with her [Dipa] performance. There was no pressure on her. She did above expectation,"
“Winning a medal would have been a different thing
In the final,
"Every country and athlete come to the Olympics with one aim - winning a medal. Our aim was
"It was a huge learning phase for Dipa. Not just she, me too have learnt a lot here. My ultimate goal is to prepare her for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And I am sure, she will get a medal there," Bisweswar said.
In the buildup to the Games, Dipa
Nandi also spoke about how she was introduced to the sports by her father at the age of six, and how she initially struggled due to her flat foot.
"She was flat-footed. In gymnastics, you need to be cut-footed. Gymnastics has jumping movements. If you are flat-footed, you will face problem while landing and jumping," Nandi explained.
"I saw dedication in this girl but flat feet was the problem. Some gymnastics experts from Kolkata paid a visit to Agartala that time. I asked them for their advice on how to correct it. They said it is not possible. They broke my hopes. But I didn’t stop there.
"I did a lot of research. I gave nine to ten exercises to