Deepika Kumari age, (22 as for published date) was born on 13 June 1994, is an Indian Archer, who’s known as Deepa. Deepika became 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. Her world ranking is 10 currently and former she was ranked No 1. in 2012
Deepika Kumari Athlete
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. In 2012 she won India’s second highest sporting award by the president of India Pranab Mukherjee. In February 2014, she was honored with FICCI Sportsperson of the Year Award and in 2016 Government of India awarded her Padma Shri.
Deepika Kumari Receiving Arjuna Award
Gold – 2 (2010)
Silver – 5 (2011, 12, 13, 15)
Bronze – 1 (2010)
Early Life & Family
Deepika Kumari emerged from a small village Ratu Chati, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. Her father Shivnarayan Mahato, an auto-rickshaw driver and Mother Geetha Mahato, a nurse at Ranchi medical college. In her childhood, she used to practice while aiming for mangoes with stones. In the initial days it was rather difficult for the parents to financially effort Deepika’s dream, often compromising on the family budget to buy her new equipment for her training; as a result, Deepika trained archery using homemade bamboo bows and arrows. Deepika’s cousin Vidya Kumari, an archer residing at Tata Archery Academy, helped her develop her talent.
Deepika Kumari Family (sister, Father, and mother)
Deepika Kumari Caste (Adivasi family)
Height : 5.3′ (161 cm)
Weight: 56 kg (123lb)
Hobbies: Songs and food
She is right-handed. Her arrows are 28″ long and her draw weight is 40 lbs.
Career & Achievements
Deepika started her career in the year 2006 at Tata Archery Academy. She also received Rs 500 as a stipend.
Deepika Kumari Archery Practice
In 2009 November Deepika returned home once in her first three years after having won the Cadet World Championship title. At the age of 15, she won the gold medal in women’s team recurve event and 11th Youth World Archery Championship held in Ogden
Indian Archery Women Team
In 2010 Commonwealth games Delhi, Deepika won two gold medals, one in the individual event and the other in the women’s team recurve event. For this, she was honoured with the Outstanding Performance at CWG (Female) Award at the 2010 Sahara Sports Awards ceremony.
Deepika Gold Medal in CWG 2010
Later in the same year, Deepika missed out medal by losing to North Korea in bronze medal play-offs but, Deepika edged out Chinese Taipei 218–217 in the bronze play-off to ensure a podium finish at the Aoti Archery Range.
On 2011 at Torino in World championships and in Istanbul world cup, Kumari won the silver medal in individual and women’s team
Deepika Kumari with Purnima Mahato at World Cup Final
In 2012 May Deepika Kumari won her first World Cup individual stage recurve gold medal at Antalya, Turkey and became the world No.1 in Women’s Recurve Archery. In same year London Olympics, Kumari lost with Great Britain archer
Deepika Recurve Gold Medal at Antalya in 2012
On 22 July 2013, she won the Gold Medal in Archery World Cup stage 3 held in Medellin, Colombia where India finished fourth. On 22 September 2013, Deepika lost 4-6 to Yun Ok-Hee of South Korea & settled for Silver Medal in 2013 FITA Archery World Cup.
This was her 3rd Silver medal in as many appearances in the World Cup Final.
Deepika failed to make the Indian team for 2014 after finishing outside the top 4 at the national qualifications
Deepika Silver Medal
2015 At the World Championships in Copenhagen, she won a team silver along with Laxmirani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly. In November 2015, she won a bronze medal in the Asian Championships with Jayanta Talukdar in the Recurve Mixed Team event.
April 2016, the first stage of the world cup in shanghai Deepika equaled the Ki Bo-bae’s world record of (686/720) in the women’s recurve event. 2016 Rio Olympics it was disappointing to finish for Deepika in Individual Level and in women’s recursive team finished 7th on the table
Deepika in Rio Olympics 2016
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