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Deepika Kumari

Sports | 8-14 yrs | Reading Pod

Deepika Kumari Profile and Biography

Deepika Kumari (1994 – ) is a young Indian archer currently ranked at world’s No. 1 (July 2012). She began to get noticed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi by clinching the gold medal in the women’s individual recurve event.

Kumari is from the city of Ranchi in Jharkhand. Her father is an auto-rickshaw driver and her mother is a nurse at the Ranchi Medical College. She grew up in a village some 15 km outside of Ranchi city. Deepika’s affinity for aim started with the combination of stones and a love of mangoes. Her mother recalls how Deepika’s aim was so sharp that she always dislodged the best mangoes from the tree.

It wasn’t easy for her parents to support Deepika’s dream to be a top archer, especially since the bows and arrows are extremely expensive. They often had to cut back on their household budget in order to pay for the equipment. Deepika could finally stop depending on her family’s budget when in 2006 she was accepted into the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur.

Deepika has come a long way from her make-shift bamboo bows and arrows to have won multiple medals and world championships. She has also qualified for the Summer Olympics in 2012 and hopes to repeat her wins from the Commonwealth Games there.

Deepika Kumari’s Events

  • Women’s recurve individual
  • Women’s recurve team

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