Deepika Kumari
Country India
Date of Birth 1994-06-13
Age 23 years
Birth Place Jharkhand
Major Teams India
Playing Details Recursive Women
Deepika Kumari, Women's Individual , Archery
  • Group
    5th Aug, 9:30pm
    Rank:20, Points:640
    WON
  • Esebua Kristine (GEO)
    11th Aug, 1:27am
    6-4
    WON
  • S.Guendalina
    11th Aug, 1:27am
    6-2
    WON
  • Tan Ya-Ting (TPE)
    11th Aug, 5:30pm
    0 - 6
    LOST
, Women's Team Recurve, Archery
  • Group
    5th Aug, 9:30pm
    Rank:7 Points:1897
    QUALIFIED
  • Colombia
    7th Aug, 6:45pm
    5-3
    WON
  • Russia
    7th Aug, 11:45pm
    5-4
    LOST

Achievements

  • Deepika become the second Indian to win the title after Palton Hansda won the World champion at Mérida (Mexico) in 2006 by winning the junior compound individual gold medal.
  • In the Delhi Commonwealth games 2010, Deepika won two gold medals, one in the individual event and other in the women’s team recurve event.
  • She won the 11th Youth World archery Championship held in Ogden, USA in 2009, at an age of 15 years.
  • For this she was recently honoured with ‘the Outstanding Performance at CWG (Female) award’ at Sahara Sports Awards 2010.
  • She also won a gold medal in the same competition in the women’s team recurve event along with Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi.
  • During the Jharkhand day celebrations, the government of Jharkhand, issued full page photos in leading local newspapers with Deepika showing off her gold medals along with India’s cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who also comes from Ranchi.

 

Biography

At one time, she was the face of Indian archery when she had the number one in world ranking in 2013. As a child in her village in Jharkand, this petite girl used to aim at mangoes with stones and that was her initial lessons in target-striking.

 

An auto-rickshaw driver's daughter, her talent with the bow and arrow blossomed gradually. The talent brought her to the Tata Archery Academy in 2006 where she honed her skills to become a professional archer. At age 15, she won the 2009 world youth archery championship in the USA.

 

A year later in the Delhi Commonwealth Games, the girl won the gold in the individual and women's recurve category. In 2015, Deepika won the bronze in the stage 2 of the archery world cup in Copenhagen and a silver in the team event in the company of Laxmirani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly.

 

The Copenhagen performnce earned her the berth for Rio. The prodigious talent in the run up to the London Games had risen to world number one in rankings but could not translate that in the Games proper. Now just weeks ahead of the Rio Olympics, Deepika made a world-record-equalling effort in recurve event in the world cup in Shanghai.

 

Her tally of 686 in the 72-arrow ranking round, equalled the feat of Ki Bo Bae of Korea, the London Olympics gold medallist.