Date
19 November 2017
Dolly Shivani Cherukuri lines up her arrow on her way to 388 points over five and seven meters, a new Indian national archery mark. Photo: AFP
Dolly Shivani Cherukuri lines up her arrow on her way to 388 points over five and seven meters, a new Indian national archery mark. Photo: AFP

Girl, 2, sets India national archery record

There are a few ways a two-year-old can impress.

A new song, new rhyme but a new national archery record?

Dolly Shivani Cherukuri from Vijaywada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh shot herself into India’s record books Tuesday by scoring 200 points at a trial event, BBC News reported.

She fired 36 arrows at five meters and again at seven meters, clocking up 388 points altogether, an Indian national record, according to the Press Trust of India.

“We are all very proud of her. We are very impressed,” Archery Association of India official Gunjan Abrol told the BBC.

Her achievement was watched by other senior sports officials and representatives from India Book of Records who promptly hailed it as one for the books.

She was born to be a champion archer, according to her father, Cherukuri Satyanarayana.

Dolly, who turns three next week, was conceived through surrogacy after the death of her brother, international archer and coach Cherukuri Lenin, in a road accident in 2010, reports said.

“When we came to know that the baby was on the way, we decided to mold her as an archer,” French news agency AFP quoted Satyanarayana as saying.

“The preparations started when she was in the womb,” he said.

Satyanarayana, who runs an archery academy in Vijaywada, said they had arrows specially made for the toddler out of carbon when she was first learning the sport to ensure they were light enough for her to carry.

Children are trained on lighter bows and Abrol says Dolly’s bow would also have been very light.

“You can’t put too much pressure on children, they can be trained for a maximum of two or three hours a day,” he said.

“But Dolly comes from a family of archers so she’s capable of a lot.”

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