Deepika Kumari First Indian archer to reach the quarterfinals at the Olympics: India’s Kumari advances to the quarterfinals of the women’s individual archery event after defeating Russia’s Ksenia Perova in Tokyo. Kumari has become the first Indian archer to reach the quarterfinals at the #Olympics.
Who is Deepika Kumari? The ace archer secured a position for herself in the quarterfinals of women’s archery singles at the Tokyo Olympics.
The daughter of a rickshaw driver and former nurse during a small village named Ram Chatti near the capital of Ranchi, Kumari took an early interest within the sport of aim and shoot. Lacking adequate facility and equipment to play out her aspirations, she armed herself with stones to practice hitting mangoes off trees.
From Aiming Stones At Mangoes To Aiming For Olympic Gold: Archer Deepika Kumari’s Story is More than Inspirational
“Wahan pe ladkiyan kuch karti hi nahi hain. Jo unke parents hai, 18 saal ki ho jaati hai toh shaadi karke bhej dete hain,” Kumari, in Netflix documentary Ladies First, said recounting life as a small-town girl.
Kumari comes from a humble home. Her father often says no work is big or small. He is a tempo driver and manages to make his income through that. He has been a big inspiration for Kumari who believes in hard work and sincerity.
World number 1 archer Deepika Kumari's father Shivnarayan Mahato continues to run his house through a mini tempo. "No work is big or small. This tempo has a huge role in my daughter's journey, and I will continue with this occupation. My children also encourage me," he said pic.twitter.com/KqkdAFCfcr
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Despite their persistent financial struggles, the family today say they’re pleased with their daughter and have immense faith pinned in her (as well as her husband and archer Atanu Das), “hoping that they might clinch gold for the country.”