The veteran archer, who is now 37 years old, has come a long way since making his first Olympic appearance in 2004 in Athens. Starting his career in archery at the age of 19, he scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a silver medal in the men’s individual category in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Atanu has added several medals and awards in his trophy cabinet but one that is missing is an Olympic medal. The archer has won medals in major tournaments such as World Championships, World Youth Championships, World University Championships, and Asian Archery Championships in various categories including men’s, mixed and recurve teams.
Pravin Jadhav from the Satara district in Maharashtra will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo, representing India in three events including recurve men individual, recurve men team and recurve mixed team. Born into a family of labourers, who lived in a shack near a drain, Jadhav would accompany his father as a teenager to help out in the farms.
Deepika Kumari continues to bring laurels to her country. Hailing from Ranchi, Jharkhand, Deepika comes from a humble background and her love for archery started is said to have taken roots when she used to throw stones on mango trees as a kid. While the family could not afford the equipment required to practice archery, Deepika made her own bow and arrow from bamboo and sticks.
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G. Krishnan has been a sports journalist for more than two decades, covering a wide variety of disciplines but mainly cricket. He started his career with Deccan Herald before joining Hindustan Times and later DNA, where he was the Assistant Editor (sports)More Stories by this columnist