MEDAL WINNERS FROM INDIA

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Dola Banerjee

Dola Banerjee is an Indian sportswoman who competes in archery. Early life Dola Banerjee is daughter of Ashok Banerjee and Kalpana Banerjee. She was born in Baranagar near Kolkata. She studied in Baranagar Rajkumari Memorial Girls High School. At the age of eight, she joined Baranagar Archery Club. Her first international appearance was in Youth World Championship in San Diego in 1996 Career XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi Archery (Women’s Individual Recurve) Deepika Kumari of India (Gold), Alison Jane Williamson of England (Silver) and Dola Banerjee of India (Bronze) during the medal presentation ceremony The President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Arjuna Award -2005 to Ms. Dola Banerjee for Archery, at a glittering function in New Delhi on August 29, 2006 Dola Banerjee started archery at the Baranagar Archery Club in 1990 when she was barely 9 years of age. She represented at the tender age of 16 at the Youth World Championship, Sandiego in 1996. Since then she has been a regular member of the Indian women’s archery team. Dola Banerjee represented India at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She was placed 13th in the women's individual ranking round with a 72-arrow score of 642. In the first round of elimination, she faced 52nd-ranked Kirstin Jean Lewis of South Africa. Dola fell victim to an upset, losing 141- 131 in the 18-arrow match, placing 52nd overall in women's individual archery. Dola was also a member of the 8th-place Indian women's archery team. During her 20 years in international Archery she has represented the country at more than 50 competitions including 2 Olympic Games, 3 Asian Games, 4 World Championship, 4 Asian Championship, 11 World Cups, 3 European Grand Prix, 10 Asian Grand Prix, 2 SAF Games, 1 Commonwealth Games and many others. She has won more than 16 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Bronze medals for the country. Dola Banerjee won the second international gold medal of her career when she won the individual recurve title of the fourth leg of the Meteksan World Cup archery at Dover (England) in August 2007. Having won the fourth leg, she qualified for the world cup final held at Dubai in November 2007 where the winners of the four legs competed. Dola Banerjee became world champion in archery by winning the gold medal in the women's individual recurve competition at the archery world cup held at Dubai, in November 2007. Dola Banerjee is the second woman archer to be honored with the Arjuna award by the Government of India.

 

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