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Indian Archery Players That Have Made Us Proud

Archery is a field that has its fair share of popularity in the Olympics and other World Championships. Indian archers have also made their mark in the sport. Some have won an Olympic medal, while others have created a world record. It is a sport that requires concentration, precision, control, and determination.

The Archery Association of India ranks these players, but regardless, they’ve made considerable achievements to make our country proud. Let us see some of the names here.

List of Indian Archers that Made it Big

Limba Ram

Limba Ram is an Indian archer who has represented India in three Olympics and has become a record in itself. He started his career in 1987 when he became a champion at National Level Junior Archery Tournaments. In the Seoul Games in 1988, Ram represented India and later won a gold medal in the 1989 Asian Games. In 1992, he brought home another gold medal at the Asian Championship. The former World Number 4 brought Indian archery to the limelight at Barcelona Olympics in 1992. He received the Arjuna Award in 1991 and Padma Shri in 2012.

A native of Rajasthan, he won national championships both Junior and Senior before age 20. He also qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Archery Championship in Yangoon, Myanmar 2003.

Dola Banerjee

When it comes to archery, Dola Banerjee is a familiar name. With two Olympic Games under her belt, she is among the first Indian archers who made it to the international level. She has also contributed a lot to the reputation of female archery. She became the first Indian woman to qualify for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. Banerjee continued making records when she won a Gold Medal at the 2007 Archery World Cup, the first Indian and a female archer to do so. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, she won the team gold medal and an individual bronze medal. She won another bronze for the country at the 2010 Asian Games. Amongst Indian archers, she was the first to win an Arjuna Award in 2005. She represented India at 16 at the Youth Championships in 1996, with over 55 internationally.

Atanu Das

A promising name amidst Indian male archers, Atanu Das won a silver medal in the 2011 World Youth Championships. He won the bronze medal in a bronze medal in Recurve men’s team and a mixed team in Asian Archery Grand Prix in Thailand in 2013. The mixed bronze came with fellow archer Deepika Kumari, whom he later hitched in 2020. He has consistently represented India in many international championships. At the World University Championship in 2014, he won a silver medal. He bagged two more silvers with the men’s team and picked up another two bronze medals in the mixed event. He was also a part of Rio 2016, where he made it to round 16.

Abhishek Verma

A trailblazer among Indian archers, he won a bronze medal in the Archery World Cup with Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini, securing a win against Russia in the medal playoff at Antalya, Turkey. Abhishek Verma is the face of compound archery in India. He achieved a World Ranking of 6, his career-best. He gave a tough competition to the famous American archer Kris Schaff in a shoot-off to win a gold medal at the Archery World Cup finals held in Paris in June 2021. The game was locked at 148 after regulation five in a nail-biting finish. Kris Schaff, then World Number 5, started the shoot with a nine. Verma finished it in style with a perfect score of 10.

His rise to fame was in the 2014 Asian Games, where he won a gold medal in the compound team event and a silver in the compound individual archery event. He also won a gold medal in the 2015 Asian Archery Championships and a bronze in World Cup 2015.

Bombayla Devi Laishram

An archer from Manipal, she was introduced to the world of archery by her mother, a state-level archery coach. She secured a bronze medal in the Dover 2007 World Cup and qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games after her performance at the 2007 World Archery Championship. Her claim to fame moment came at the 2010 Commonwealth Games when she bagged a gold medal with the recurve team, including Dola Banerjee and Deepika Kumari. She clinched another bronze in the 2010 Asian Games. Bombayla has four gold medals, five silver, and four bronze in team recurve events. She is one of the prominent Indian archers who has shown her prowess in the World Archery championships.

If there is one Indian who has dominated in the Archery World Cup, it has to be Bombayla Devi. The Manipal-born archer has won four gold medals, five silver, and four bronze in team recurve events.

Jayanta Talukdar

Jayanta Talukdar, a notable name in the Indian male archers, began his career stint with a silver medal in the 2004 World Junior Championship. He then went on to win bronze medals in the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games. He held the World Number one ranking in 2009. He is the first Indian archer to be a gold medallist in the 2006 World Cup in Merida.

He debuted in 2003 and won his first medal at the World Championships in 2005. He broke into the top 10 World rankings, and his total medal tally in the World Cup Stage is 7 Gold, ten silver, and five bronze medals.

Tarundeep Rai

A Sikkim-born native, he is an Indian archer and is a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2005 and Padma Shri in 2021 for his achievements. In 2018, he was also awarded the Khel Ratna Award. He debuted at the age of 19 at the Asian Archery Championships.

Tarundeep Rai won India their maiden silver in the individual archery event at the 16th Asian Games on 24th November 2010 in Guangzhou, China. He was also a member of the Indian Archery team that secured a bronze medal at the 15th Asian Games in Doha, 2006. Rai was a part of the Indian men’s archery team at the 2004 Summer Olympics and won the 11th-place.

Current Indian Athletes to Look out for:

Deepika Kumari

Considered the best archer, Deepika Kumari has brought home a lot of medals and honours. She made headlines when she won two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, both at the team and at an individual event, at the mere age of 16.

The Ranchi-born archer won the team bronze at the 2010 Asian Games and a silver medal at the 2011 World Championship. She has won three gold medals and three silver at various World Cups in individual events.

Jyothi Surekha Vennam

At the young age of 25, Jyothi Surekha Vennam also has a lot of accolades to her name. Fairly new in the Indian Archery, she is the first Indian archer (compound) to win an individual medal in 2019. In 2017, she won a silver medal at World Archery Championships and proved her mettle.

She is a three-time gold medalist at the Asian Archery Championships and the 2017 Arjuna Award winner having plenty of experience.

Komalika Bari

At 20 years old, Komalika Bari is the second Indian amongst the archers after Deepika Kumari to win both the cadet and junior world titles in recurve archery. 

Komalika Bari is the third Indian player to win the world title at the Tata Archery Academy’s Cadet World Youth Archery Championships. She made her mark to ensure her place on the Indian team for elite events, including the World Championships and the Olympic Test Event. She is an alumna of Shiksha Niketan school.

Ankita Bhakat

She is already a member of the senior nationals recurve team at 24. She is already considered among the top contenders in Indian archery. The team of Deepika Kumari, Komalika Bari, and Bhakat has already clinched two gold medals in the Archery World Cup. The first medal came in Guatemala City, along with another one in Paris. She has also won a mixed team bronze medal with Atanu Das this season.

After winning a gold medal at the World Archery Youth Championships in 2017, she never looked back. She is currently ranked World Number 20. Afterward, in May, Bhakat competed in the women’s individual and women’s recurve team events at the 2018 Archery World Cup- Stage 2 in Antalya, Turkey. She eventually reached the semi-finals after teaming up with Promila Daimary and Deepika Kumari. Bhakat is slowly becoming a force to reckon with in the current archery scenario.

Some more Athletes that have made India proud:

Rahul Banerjee

Sachin Gupta

Ridhi Phor

Neeraj Chauhan

Simranjeet Kaur

Chekrovolu Swuro

Muskan Kirar

Laxmirani Majhi

Satyadev Prasad

Pravin Jadhav

Mangal Singh Champia

Purnima Mahato

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Who is the champion of archery in India?

There isn’t a specific name for the best archer India has; however, Limba Ram, Jayant Talukdar, Deepika Kumari, and Dola Banerjee are a few notable names. Among new-age players, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Komolika Bari, and Abhishek Verma are a few names.

Who is the best archer in Indian history?

These are some of the best Indian archers in history:

  • Limba Ram.
  • Dola Banerjee.
  • Jayant Talukdar.
  • Abhishek Verma.
  • Deepika Kumari
Madhuboni Banerjee
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