India’s New Archery Star Deepika Kumari

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Deepika Kumari matched the World record of points, set by Ki Bo-Bae, which was the previous highest that was set in a single event. Getting to a score of 686/720, Deepika now sits and on the top of the pile and just like the the other big events in the past, looks poised to make India proud in the Rio Olympics 2016. Winning accolades by the dozen and quietly going about with her business with minimum fuss, there is plenty of optimism in store for the Indian fans, who are pinning their hopes on the 21-year-old on landing a medal.

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With 42 days to go for Tokyo Olympic Games, All India Radio today will talk about India’s prominent women archer, Deepika Kumari.
Born in Ranchi, Jharkhand, on June 13, 1994, Deepika has been the face of Indian archery for over a decade now.

As a 16-year-old, she won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Tokyo will be her third Olympics after being part of Indian team in the editions in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
India has never won an Olympic medal in archery.

The 26-year-old has been consistent in the international circuit, winning multiple medals at the Archery World Cups over the years and two silver medals at the World.

Deepika Kumari matched the World record of points, set by Ki Bo-Bae, which was the previous highest that was set in a single event. Getting to a score of 686/720, Deepika now sits and on the top of the pile and just like the the other big events in the past, looks poised to make India proud in the Rio Olympics 2016. Winning accolades by the dozen and quietly going about with her business with minimum fuss, there is plenty of optimism in store for the Indian fans, who are pinning their hopes on the 21-year-old on landing a medal.

The city of dreams: No, it is not Bombay that we are talking about. Ranchi, now officially known as Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni’s den is now known for a petite girl with the vision and precision of a needle. Growing up, Ranchi didn’t have the facilities to produce world class players in big sports, leave alone archers.

Difficult Childhood: In India, there are plenty of people to tell a woman what and what not to do. Deepika, sure had her fair share of battles there but her parents were a pillar of support. Her father, Shivnarayan Mahato was an auto-rickshaw driver and mom Geeta Mahato is a nurse in Ranchi Medical College. Finances were a big cause of worry during Deepika’s growing up years. Archery is that easy on the pocket and her parents fought tooth and nail to ensure that Deepika got the right kind of gear to compete.

First tryst with Archery: Archery is an unusual option for any budding sportsperson. Aged 11, Deepika entered the Arjun Archery Academy, which was setup by then Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda. This was where she had her first tryst with Archery and there was no looking back since. She was on the rise from thereon and big things were waiting in store.