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Dipa, Jitu named for Khel Ratna.

Dipa, Jitu named for Khel Ratna.
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Woman gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who created history by entering the vault final at the Rio Olympics before finishing fourth, and ace shooter Jitu Rai were on Wednesday recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Khel Ratna Award by the selection panel appointed by the Sports Ministry.

New Delhi: Woman gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who created history by entering the vault final at the Rio Olympics before finishing fourth, and ace shooter Jitu Rai were on Wednesday recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Khel Ratna Award by the selection panel appointed by the Sports Ministry.

Dipa got the nod of the 12-member committee, which met here today, on the basis of her stupendous performance in Rio although the deadline for sending in the recommendation to the Sports Ministry was already over.

The 23-year-old Tripura-born gymnast became an overnight sensation after she finished fourth in the women's vault final on August 14, missing the the bronze by a mere 0.150 points.

She had won bronze medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Jitu, on the other hand, was ranked third in the world in the men's 10m air pistol.

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