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Deepika’s national glory

- Golden girl breaks twin records on Day I of archery meet

It’s double cheer for Jharkhand’s golden girl.

Ace archer Deepika Kumari whizzed her way to two national records in 70m and 60m en route to winning golds in the FITA round of the 34th Senior National Archery Championship. The meet kicked off at JRD Tata Sports Complex on Monday.

The World Cup silver winner eclipsed the previous best of 330 points out of 360, set up by Chekrovolu Swuro at the 32nd Sahara Senior National Recurve and Compound Championship at the same venue in January 2012, by scoring 333 points out of maximum 360 in 70m.

She also shattered the previous record of Olympian L. Bombayla Devi’s 345 out of 360 points by scoring 346 points in the 60m distance.

Bombayla Devi had created the record at 32nd Sahara Senior National Recurve and Compound Championship held here in January last year.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Deepika said the FITA stage had warmed her up well for the Olympic round, which would determine whether the Ranchi girl becomes national champion for the sixth time in a row.

“It has been a good start for me. I was focussed on the target and things clicked,” Deepika said.

On her sixth individual gold medal on the trot, the Tata Steel sports manager said she would try to put up her best show at the Olympic round and leave the rest to Almighty.

The 50m and 30m categories of the FITA round will be held on Tuesday.

The first day of the meet was equally rewarding for hosts Jharkhand as the state team finished with eight medals in its kitty.

Jharkhand’s Jayanta Talukdar came up with a below par show in men’s 70m and 50m recurve categories, but bagged the 30m gold with a score of 355. He edged out Tarundeep Rai (silver) and Hurdup Tiriya (bronze) both from Services Sports Control Board.

Jayanta won a silver and bronze in 50m and 70m categories, respectively. While Tarundeep (gold) and Delhi’s Ajay Prasad (silver) beat Jayanta in men’s 70m category, he lost to Bengal’s Somnath Mandal by a whisker in 50m.

“I have a sore shoulder and that might have affected my shooting,” said Jayanta, an Olympian.

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