A win will put the 19-year-old on par with world No. 1 Deepika Kumari
Jharkhand goalkeeper Komalika Bari will set her sights on pocketing the U21 recurve gold when she lines up to face Elia Canales of Spain in the final of the World Junior Archery Championships in Wroclaw, Poland on Sunday.
A victory will put 19-year-old Komalika on par with world No. 1 Deepika Kumari as she will become India’s second recurve goalkeeper to hold the U-18 and U-21 world titles.
He reached the final after a semi-final comeback over new Olympian Casey Kaufhold, 6-4.
Deepika is also a native of Jharkhand and currently lives with her husband and goalkeeper Atanu Das in Pune. Deepika completed the double in Legnica, Poland, a decade ago.
Jamshedpur-based Komalika, a cadet with the elite Tata Archery Academy, rose to fame when she won the U-18 individual title at the 2019 World Junior Archery and Cadet Championships in Madrid, Spain.
Given her current form, the bespectacled archer should win the title in Wroclaw. Komalika and Jharkhandmates Deepika and Ankita Bhakat took team gold in phase 3 of the recently concluded World Cup in Paris. An integral part of the women’s recurve squad, she also picked up the team’s yellow metal in Stage 1 of the World Cup held in Guatemala earlier this year.
Komalika, who lives in Jamshedpur, comes from a typical middle-class Indian household. His father, Ghanshyam Bari, works as a LIC agent while his mother Lakshmi is a homemaker. Previously, he was an apprentice at a crib run by Indian Steel & Wire Product near Telco Township in Jamshedpur. He arrived at Tata’s crib in 2016.
“Komalika is a very focused archer who is less indecisive, which are essential qualities in archery. She is a quality archer who is going to make great strides in the sport,” said Tata’s cradle coach and Dronacharya winner, Purnima Mahto, to The Telegraph Online before. the departure of the Indian team to Poland.
Purnima is the coach of the women’s team in Wroclaw.
Archery coaches in Jharkhand feel that Komalika is the next Deepika in the making who is sure to make it to the 2024 Olympics in Paris. “Komalika has all the qualities of a high-level archer. She is focused and stays cool while shooting. Plus, she is a hard-working archer. A medal in Poland on Sunday will boost her confidence level. She is the next Deepika from Jharkhand,”, said B. Sriniwas Rao, head coach of the government-run archery cradle in Dugni, near Seraikela.
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"