Deepika KUMARI

Inde IND

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  • Participations
    2
  • Première participation
    Londres 2012
  • Année de naissance
    1994
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Deepika KUMARI

For someone who practised archery with equipment made out of bamboo, it's nothing short of astonishing to reach the pinnacle of the sport. Deepika Kumari has done just that.

In June 2012, Deepika Kumari became the world no. 1 in Women’s Recurve Archery, just six years after turning professional.

With a string of medals in the World Cups, Asian Archery Championships, the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships and the Asian Games, the story of the two-time Olympian from a small hut in the village of Ram Chatti near Ranchi, Jharkhand, is intriguing.

Enough for Netflix to capture in a documentary titled Ladies First.

“My parents wanted me to do something in a way that my pictures would appear in the newspapers, and now they are flabbergasted that I have become bigger than they ever expected me to,” she says.

With her father working as an auto-rickshaw driver, Deepika Kumari grew up watching her parents struggle to make ends meet. However, the wheels of fortune began turning after she managed to join a state-run archery academy that provided free training facilities and equipment for underprivileged athletes.

The rewards soon followed and by the time she was 15, Deepika Kumari made her first big impression on the international stage, marking the prologue to her fairytale rise.

The following year, she bagged two gold medals – one in the women’s individual recurve event and the other in the women’s recurve team event – at the 2010 Commonwealth Games to strengthen her stature in the sport.

Deepika Kumari hit the bullseye for her first Archery World Cup gold medal in individual recurve at Antalya, Turkey in 2012. This arrived on the back of four silver medals in the World Cup at Odgen the preceding year.

Her name travelled far, expectations soared and hit a new high when in the 2012 London Olympics, she entered as the world No.1. The hype was short lived as a fever dented her prospects and she was eliminated in the first round.

The impact of the jolt may have hit the young archer hard, for it wasn’t until many months, not until the 2014 Wroclaw Archery World Cup, in fact, that her form would be inconsistent.

At the said event though, Deepika Kumari grabbed a much-needed gold in the team event, and it set the ball rolling for her to end in the runners-up team at the 2015 World Archery Championships. That she equalled the world record in the women’s recurve event in April 2016 was great timing ahead of the Rio Olympics that year.

However, Deepika Kumari’s Olympic dream only held until the round of 16, further prolonging her wait to add the crowning jewel to her already well-adorned medals cabinet.

After an uncharacteristically quiet two years, Deepika Kumari rediscovered her midas touch in the Archery World Cup at Salt Lake City, USA in 2018. The victory also marked a shift in mentality for the Indian archer who had been working with a mental conditioning coach during her individual gold drought.

Deepika Kumari has been in fine form since, clinching the bronze at the 2019 Asian championships and a gold at the 2021 World Cup in Guatemala City.

Determined to make it to the podium at the Tokyo Olympics, Deepika Kumari focused hard on training and even turned down an offer to act in a Bollywood film to ensure she stayed on track.

Conferred the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri awards, Deepika Kumari is married to fellow Indian archer Atanu Das, and the two will compete together at the Tokyo Olympics.

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