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Deepika Kumari

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Deepika Kumari

Born:13 June 1994

  • She is an Indian athlete who competes in the event of archery, is currently ranked World No. 5, and is a former world number one.
  • She won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women’s individual recurve event.
  • She also won a gold medal in the same competition in the women’s team recurve event along with Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi.
  • She 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.
  • She was conferred the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award in the year 2012 by President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
  • In February 2014, she was honored with FICCI Sportsperson of the Year Award.
  • The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.
  • She made her first breakthrough in 2005 when she entered Arjun Archery Academy, an institute set up by Meera Munda, wife of chief minister of the state Shri. Arjun Munda at Kharsawan.
  • 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 both the proper equipment as well as a uniform.
  • She also received Rs 500 as a stipend.
  • She returned home once in her first three years there, only after having won the Cadet World Championship title in November 2009.

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