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Archer Komalika Bari wins gold at world youth championship

Win puts the 19 -year-old at par with world number 1 Deepika Kumari

Jayesh Thaker Jamshedpur Published 16.08.21, 06:14 PM
Komalika Bari with coach Purnima Mahto in Poland on Sunday.

Komalika Bari with coach Purnima Mahto in Poland on Sunday. The Telegraph picture

Jharkhand archer Komalika Bari on Sunday became the junior world champion after clinching the gold medal at the World Youth Archery Championship in Wroclaw, Poland.

The 19 -year-old Jamshedpur-based Komalika beat Spain's Elia Canales in the under-21 summit clash. The win has put the bespectacled Komalika at par with world number 1 and Jharkhand mate Deepika Kumari as the second recurve archer from India to hold the under-18 and under-21 world titles.

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Deepika also hails from Jharkhand and presently lives with her husband and archer Atanu Das in Pune. Deepika completed the double in Legnica, Poland a decade ago.

Jamshedpur-based Komalika, a cadet of elite Tata Archery Academy, rose to fame when she won the under-18 individual title at the World Youth Archery and Cadet Championships staged in Madrid, Spain in 2019.

She comes from a typical Indian middle-class household. Her father, Ghanshyam Bari, works as an LIC agent while mother Lakshmi is a homemaker. Earlier, she was a trainee at a cradle run by Indian Steel & Wire Product near Telco township in Jamshedpur. She made it to the Tata cradle in 2016.

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