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Dipa Karmakar finished a commendable fourth in the women's vault finals in Rio 2016.Reuters

PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik were the two superb athletes at Rio Olympics for India, winning the silver and bronze, respectively, in the quadrennial event. Their performances have helped them earn India's highest sporting honour in the country — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Besides the two medallists from India, gymnasts Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai will also be given the Khel Ratna. 

Sindhu, who received a hero's welcome in Hyderabad on Monday, deserves the award after becoming the first person in the country to win a silver in Indian Olympics history. Wrestler Sakshi, likewise, brought glory to India, winning India's first medal in Rio.

Though Dipa might not have won any medal in Rio, she was one of the success stories of India in the Olympics. The Indian gymnast missed the bronze by a whisker, but won hearts of billions with her incredible performance in the final. Dipa was the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Rio, and more importantly, the first ever to reach the finals in a gymnastics event.

Jitu might have had a miserable Olympics, but the government is said to have awarded the shooter for his consistent performance in world events in the last couple of years. He did not return home with a medal from Rio, but won the gold in the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

The government also announced the Arjuna Award for a number of sportspersons from India, including Shiva Thapa (boxing), Ajinkya Rahane (cricket) and VR Raghunath (hockey), Subrata Paul (football). 

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta

S. No. Name of the awardee Discipline
1. Ms. P.V. Sindhu Badminton
2. Ms. Dipa Karmakar Gymnastics
3. Shri Jitu Rai Shooting
4. Ms. Sakshi Malik Wrestling

 Arjuna Awards

Name of the awardee Sports discipline
Shri Rajat Chauhan Archery
Ms. Lalita Babar Athletics
Shri Sourav Kothari Billiards & Snooker
Shri Shiva Thapa Boxing
Shri Ajinkya Rahane Cricket
Shri Subrata Paul Football
Ms. Rani Hockey
Shri Raghunath V.R. Hockey
Shri Gurpreet Singh Shooting
Ms. Apurvi Chandela Shooting
Shri Soumyajit Ghosh Table Tennis
Ms. Vinesh Wrestling
Shri Amit Kumar Wrestling
Shri Sandeep Singh Mann Para-Athletics
Shri Virender Singh Wrestling (Deaf)


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