Steel city girl steals show in national archery championship
Steel city's Komalika Bari played a stellar role to help Jharkhand emerge overall recurve champions in the 41st NTPC Junior National Archery Championship which concluded in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, on Monday.
The 19-year-old cadet of Tata Archery Academy (TAA) clinched four gold medals in the ranking round, individual section, team event and mixed category to stamp her authority.
Besides Komalika, who has been selected in the Indian women's recurve team for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games, other members of the team included Deepti Kumari, Laxmi Hembrom and Rita Kumari. She paired up with Shrey Bhardwaj, also a cadet of elite Tata cradle, to claim the gold medal in the mixed category.
Komalika, who hails from a modest family, had bagged gold at the World Archery Youth Championships held at Madrid, Spain in 2019 .
In all, Jharkhand finished with 10 medals -- eight golds, including four in the women’s category shooting with traditional bows and arrows. The team also bagged one silver and one bronze medal each in the Indian round.
Eminent personalities including Jharkhand Archery Association president and former chief minister Arjun Munda, secretary and Dronacharya awardee Purnima Mahto, TAA chief coach and Dronacharya awardee Dharmendra Tiwary, coaches Harendra Singh and B. Sriniwas Rao congratulated the women's side for the success.