Former World number 1, Deepika Kumari is a right-handed Indian archer who is all set for her third Olympic appearance. Born on 13 June 1994 in Ranchi, Jharkhand to a lower-middle-class family, Deepika Kumari is an Arjuna Awardee as well as Padma Shri winner. Her father was an auto-rickshaw driver while mother worked as a nurse at Ranchi Medical College. Interestingly, in 2014, Deepika was featured by Forbes (India) as one of their ’30 under 30′.
Deepika’s early days were quite difficult as her parents had to often compromise on the family budget to financially support her dream and buy her equipment for the training. She often used homemade bamboo bows and arrows to practice archery in her early days.
The entry to Arjun Archery Academy in2005 was Deepika’s first breakthrough year. One year later in 2006, Deepika joined Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur to begin her professional career. Here, she got proper equipment as well as a uniform along with Rs 500 stipend to pursue her dream.
Age – 25 years (13 June 1994)
Nickname – Deepa
Hobbies – Songs and Food
Deepika Kumari World Ranking – 09
2006 Archery World Cup in Mérida Title Win – The second Indian to win the title after Palton Hansda
Cadet World Championship Title – November 2009
In 2009, Deepika won the 11th Youth World Archery Championship held in Ogden. She also won a gold medal in the same competition in the women’s team recurve event
Deepika Kumari Commonwealth Games –
Two gold medals – one in the individual event and the other in the women’s team recurve event
She also received the Outstanding Performance at CWG (Female) Award at the 2010 Sahara Sports Awards ceremony for her
Deepika Kumari World Cup:
Deepika won her first World Cup individual stage recurve gold medal at Antalya In May 2012
On 22 July 2013, Deepika won the Gold Medal in Archery World Cup stage 3 held at Medellin
Deepika also won a Silver Medal in 2013 FITA Archery World Cup
In 2015, she won a bronze in the individual event at the World Championships in Copenhagen
Deepika Kumari Asian Championship-
She won a bronze medal in the Asian Championships in November 2015 with Jayanta Talukdar in the Recurve Mixed Team event.
World Number 01 Ranking-
In 2012, Deepika became the world no. 1 in Women’s Recurve Archery
Deepika Kumari Olympics:
In London Olympics 2012, Deepika Kumari lost in the opening round against Amy Oliver of Great Britain
She was the part of the team that qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics
In November 2019, Deepika secured an Olympic quota at the Continental Qualification Tournament
Deepika Kumari Arjuna Award & Accolades
Arjuna Award – 2012
FICCI Sportsperson of the Year – 2014
Padma Shri – 2016
Young Achievers Awards by Vogue – 2017
Father – Shivnarayan Mahato – Auto rickshaw driver
Mother – Geeta Mahto – worked as a nurse at Ranchi Medical College
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