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Rio de Janeiro 2016
Deepika KUMARI biography
Deepika Kumari is one of the greatest archery talents ever to emerge from India and will be taking aim at an Olympic medal when she takes part in her third Games at Tokyo 2020.
Kumari was born on June 13, 1994, in Ranchi, and target practice was a skill she honed from an early age, as she took to throwing stones at mangoes hanging from trees.
With her family having limited means, she had to initially make do with self-made bows put together with bamboo sticks. However, with some help from cousin Vidya Kumari - a student at the Tata Archery Academy - she was soon on the right track.
Kumari first came to global attention when she won the Cadet World Championship in 2009. That same year, she also won the 11th Youth World Archery Championship in Ogden, USA.
More success was to follow as 2010 would prove to be a breakout year for Deepika Kumari. She bagged not one but two gold medals, in the individual recurve and women’s team event and two months later, in November, she capped off the year with a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.
Having established herself as an archer of note, she was back at Ogden to contest her first Archery World Cup and came away with a trio of silver medals in her clutch, in the individual, team and mixed team categories.
That same year, she also contested her first World Archery Championships event in Turin, Italy, and came away with a silver medal in the women’s team event, paired up alongside Bombayla Devi and Chekrovolu Swuro.
Deepika Kumari contested her first Olympics at London 2012. However, health issues and wind conditions on the day of her attempt kept her from making it past the opening round and she lost out to Great Britain’s Amy Oliver.
In Rio 2016, Deepika Kumari was on a steady run of progress, making it through the rounds of 64 and 32 with impressive scores of 6-4 and 6-2 respectively, until Chinese Taipei’s Tan Ya-ting pulled the brake on her progress in the round of 16 by winning 6-0.
When the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games open on July 23, 2021, Deepika Kumari will get a third chance to earn a precious Olympic medal and fulfil her long held ambition. She ensured her quota in November by soundly defeating Vietnam’s Nguyet Do Thi Anh 6-0 in the Asian Continental Qualification tournament in Bangkok.
Her gold in the women's recurve event at the Asian Continental Qualifying Tournament was shortly after her fine show in the Asian Archery Championships where she bagged two bronze medals in the mixed team and the women’s recurve team event.
Deepika Kumar is engaged to fellow Indian archer Atanu Das, and the two were set to tie the knot following Tokyo 2020’s originally scheduled end of August 9, 2020.