In the eighth edition of our Tokyo 2021 Summer Games series; today we talk about Deepika Kumari, the Indian Archer. Tokyo Olympics are the thirty second edition of the Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games which were initially scheduled in 2020 but the global pandemic Corona got it postponed by a year almost. The rescheduled edition is planned during July 23- August 8. Here are a few things about Deepika Kumari that you may not know about her:
Born & Family
Deepika Kumari was born on June 13, 1993 at Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand State of India. Her full name is Deepika Kumari Mahato. Deepika Kumari’s father Shivnarayan Mahato was an autorickshaw driver while her mother Geeta Mahato was a nurse. On June 30, 2020, she married fellow archer Atanu Das. This was about Deepika Kumari’s family and personal life.
About Deepika Kumari’s Career
Deepika Kumari used to play Archery as a kid and then she would start Archery sport as a career in 2005 when she would get into the Arjun Archery Academy, an academy run by Meera Munda, wife of then CM Mr. Arjun Munda. Deepika would, however, move to Tata Archery Academy at Jamshedpur a year later. The Archer went on to win the Junior Compound competition at the Archery World Cup 2006 which brought her to limelight.
3 years later, Deepika won Women recurve event at the 11th Youth World Archery Championship, an event where she would also win the team gold with Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi in Women recurve. A year later, Deepika won the team bronze with Dola Banerjee and Rimil Buriuly at the Asian Games 2010. She would add Women Recurve individual and team gold to her list of possessions at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
In 2011, she added an Asian Archery Championships and a World Championships silver to her medal wins, both in team events. In 2012 & 2013, the Indian Archer won gold medals at Archery World Cups. In 2013, 2015 & 2019, Deepika would win one or more Asian Archery Championships medals. She’d also win another World Championships team silver during the period. Deepika would, however, have a medal-less outings to London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics Games.
In 2021, the Olympics year, Deepika Kumari would win hat-trick of gold in a day at the World Cup stage 3 at Paris, attaining her career high ranking of World No. 1 in less than a year to the Olympic Games. Her Coach is Harendra Singh while she’s managed by Baseline Ventures. This was a brief about Deepika Kumari’s sports career.
About Deepika Kumari’s Awards & Honors
Widely known as the one of the top prospects of Indian Medal dreams at the Olympics, here are a few awards Deepika Kumari added to her profile:
1. In 2012, Deepika Kumari became the second Indian Female Archer to become World no 1 in rankings.
2. In 2012, Deepika won the Arjuna Award for her exceptional performances in Archery.
3. In 2012, she embarked on her first Olympics journey.
4. She has won multiple Asian Archery Championships, World Cup & World Championships medals.
5. In 2014, she was adjudged the FICCI Sportsperson of the Year.
6. In 2016, Deepika received the fourth highest civilian award of India, Padma Shri, for her sporting excellence.
7. In 2016, she embarked on her second Olympic Games journey.
8. In 2021, Deepika regained her highest rankings with a hat-trick of gold medals at World Cup stage 3 in Paris.
9. In 2021, she embarked on her third Olympic Games journey.
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