Tarundeep RAI

India IND

Archery

  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1984
Olympic Results

Biography

Tarundeep RAI

Indian recurve archer Tarundeep Rai was born on February 22, 1984, in Namchi – a scenic high-altitude settlement of South Sikkim.

While his famous cousin - Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia - put the tiny northeastern state of Sikkim on India’s sporting map, three-time Olympian Tarundeep Rai continued the family legacy stringing accomplishments of his own in the archery world.

Tarundeep Rai made his international debut aged 19 at the 2003 Asian archery championships in Myanmar. In the same year, he was part of the Indian archery team that finished fourth at the world championships in New York.

The Indian archer won his maiden gold medal at the 2004 Asian Grand Prix Bangkok.

Having made the cut for the 2004 Athens Olympics, Tarundeep Rai finished 43rd overall in the men’s individual recurve event. He made it through the ranking round but was knocked out by Greek archer Alexandros Karageorgiou in the first elimination round, losing 147-143.

Tarundeep Rai was also part of the men’s team, which finished 11th at Athens.

In 2005, the Sikkimese archer helped the Indian men’s recurve team clinch a bronze medal at the Asian archery championships in New Delhi and then a silver at the world championships in Madrid.

He was conferred with the Arjuna Award in the same year.

Further success followed at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, where Tarundeep Rai, along with Jayanta Talukdar, Mangal Singh and Viswash led India to the bronze in the men’s recurve team event.

After a quiet 2007, a shoulder injury kept Tarundeep Rai on the sidelines for almost two years, forcing him to miss the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He bounced back with a purpose in the second half of 2009, winning an individual recurve silver and the team gold at the Asian Grand Prix at Tehran, Iran.

The year 2010 was a sensational one for Tarundeep Rai. He won the individual silver at the 2010 Asian Games, becoming the first Indian archer to win an individual medal at the competition.

The same year also saw Tarundeep Rai claim his maiden Archery World Cup by winning gold in the men's team event in China. A second quickly followed in the shape of a team silver at the Porec World Cup in Croatia.

Tarundeep Rai was chosen for London 2012 and finished 17th and 9th in the individual and team men’s recurve events, respectively. He, however, didn’t make the cut for Rio 2016.

After a few years in limbo, Tarundeep Rai, alongside Pravin Jadhav and Atanu Das won the men’s recurve team silver medal at the 2019 World Archery Championships in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. It helped India win full quota allocation for men’s archers at the Tokyo Olympics.

He was given the Padma Shri – India's fourth-highest civilian award – in 2020.

At the Tokyo Olympics, India only made it to the quarter-finals of the men’s team recurve event while Tarundeep Rai could not make it beyond the 1/16 elimination round.

An army man, Tarundeep Rai is married to Anjana Bhattarai and the couple is blessed with a son named Nusam Singh Rai.

Olympic Results

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Tokyo 2020

#=17
Men's Individual
Men's Individual Archery
#8
Men's Team
Men's Team Archery
#6
Mixed Team
Mixed Team Archery
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London 2012

#=17
Individual
Individual Archery
#=9
Team
Team Archery
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Athens 2004

#43
Individual
Individual Archery
#11
Team
Team Archery

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