Indian woman archer Deepika Kumari has sealed her place in the third round of the Tokyo Olympics with her scintillating performance. She defeated American player Jennifer Fernandez 6-4 to win the medal. Let us tell you that Deepika had lost the first set but she came back winning from two consecutive sets. After this, she lost the fourth set but in the fifth set, Deepika won the match by winning.
Deepika fighting a battle with herself
“I’m nervous… the pressure in the Olympics is on a different level because you’ve tried for years to win a medal here. It’s a battle within you and I’m here trying to win against myself,” she said. The pressure of expectation comes only from yourself and not from people because you always want to do better.
Who is Deepika Kumari?
Indian archer Deepika Kumari Mahto is from Bihar, Ranchi. Deepika, who started in the shooting game from the bottom rung, is one of the number 1 players at the international level today. At the age of just 18, he achieved the ranking of the World No. 1 player. Deepika, who has won 9 gold, 12 silver, and 7 bronze medals in World Cup competitions, is now working hard to win an Olympic medal. Not only this, but Deepika is also the manager of the sports department of Tata Steel Company.
Mango used to break with stone in childhood
Since childhood, Deepika wanted to make a career in Archer. Deepika’s father Shivnarayan was an auto driver and her mother Geeta Devi was a nurse. She told that as a child, Deepika was surprised to see the way she targeted the tree to pluck mangoes. In the beginning, even though she used to pluck mangoes by targeting with stones, but today this hobby seems to give her identity.
Won many gold medals
She won the gold medal in the women’s individual recurve event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also won the gold medal in the women’s team recurve event along with Dola Banerjee and Bombayla Devi in the same event. She has won a total of 37 medals in her sports journey so far.
Awarded Padma Shri
In 2006, Deepika won the gold medal in the compound singles competition at the World Championships held in Merida, Mexico. She is the second Indian to do so. Not only this, Deepika is the only Indian player to win 3 gold medals in the World Cup. She has also been honored with Arjuna Award and Padma Shri for her incomparable contribution to sports.