Born on 13 June 1994 to an auto-rickshaw driver and a nurse, Deepika Kumari, the world’s no 1 ranked archer, comes from Ratu Chatti, a small village near Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Despite very humble beginnings, she took to archery as a young child and practised with mangoes and stones. In the early days, it was difficult for her parents to financially support Deepika's dream, often compromising on the family budget to buy her new equipment for her training.
Her professional archery journey began in the year 2006 when she joined the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, where she started her training with both the proper equipment as well as a uniform. Deepika returned home once in her first three years there, only after having won the Cadet World Championship title in November 2009, such was her determination!
A quick learner and rising through the ranks, she won individual and team gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the recurve event. In May 2012, Deepika Kumari won her first World Cup individual stage recurve gold medal at Antalya, Turkey. She recently won a record 3 gold medals at the Paris World Cup, becoming only the 11th archer to do so!
Her achievements helped her win the Arjuna Award, India's second-highest sporting award, in the year 2012. The Government of India awarded her the Padma Shri in 2016.
The only female archer to have qualified in the individual event, the entire nation is looking up to her for a stellar performance in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
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