Deepika Kumari

deepika Kumari
Born: 13 June 1994,
Ranchi, Bihar, India
Residence: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Highest world ranking: 1
Coach: Harendra Singh

Event – Recurve Women Individual, Recurve Women Team

She is undoubtedly the star of Indian Archery. The teenage girl from Jharkhand has won multiple medals for India at the world stage and held the World No.1 rank in 2012. She was part of the Recurve Team that won silver medal at the 2015 World Championships, thus helping India secure a quota for Rio 2016 Olympics.

She won two team Gold medals for India in the World Cups in Poland and Colombia in 2013. In May 2012, DeepikaKumari won her first World Cup individual recurve gold medal at Antalya, Turkey. She beat Korea’s Lee Sung Jin by six set points to four in the final. Later in the year 2012 she became world no.1 in the Women’s Recurve Archery. Kumari qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she competed in the Women’s Individual and Women’s team events, finishing in eighth place in the latter.

Deepika got her first breakthrough in 2005 when she entered the Arjun Archery Academy. But her professional archery journey began in the year 2006 when she joined the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur. It was here that she started her training with proper equipment and uniform.

She won the 11th Youth World Archery Championship held in Ogden, USA in 2009, at the age of 15 years. She won the gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the women’s individual Recurve event. She also won the gold medal in the same competition in the women’s team recurve event along with Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi. Later in the Asian Games 2010, held in Guangzhou, China, Deepika as a part of the Indian archery recurve team, along with RimilBuriuly and Dola Banerjee, edged out Chinese Taipei 218:217 in the bronze play-off to ensure a podium finish. Deepika has won Individual silver medals at 3 world cup finals.

She was conferred with Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award in the year 2012 by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

She will be eyeing her first medal in Olympics at Rio.

A small infographic for those who want to take a quick glance at her achievements.