Indian olympians Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik make Forbes 30 under 30 List of Super Achievers

Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik

Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik, both Indian Olympians, have been selected by Forbes for its super achievers list.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Over 50 Indians, including olympians Dipa Karmakar and Sakshi Malik, made Forbes’  list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30 who the publication says are “pushing the boundaries of innovation.”

Pacing the field of Indian honorees are Karmakar, 23, who became the first Indian female gymnast to ever compete in the Olympics during the last games held in Rio de Janeiro – and the first Indian gymnast to compete in 52 years. She became one of five Olympians in the history of the Games to perform the Produnova vault.

“While she didn’t win a medal, she ranked an impressive fourth on her first-ever Olympic outing, missing the bronze by a hair’s breadth – 0.15 points,” Forbes wrote.

Malik became the first female Indian to ever medal in an Olympic Games, she bagged a bronze in wrestling. She began wrestling at age 12, much to the chagrin of the other locals in her hometown of Rohtak.

The list also featured Sharath Gayakwad, 25, India’s first Paralympic swimmer, coach and Arjuna award winner who has won 96 medals. “Swimming wasn’t enough – he realised that the struggle to find swim apparel was still difficult in India – so he formed Gamatics, an aggregator between international brands and domestic retailers, for anyone to find swimwear in India,” Forbes said.

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