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Armless archer shocks competitors in able-bodied Khelo India meet, nearly lands gold medal

Armless archer shocks competitors in able-bodied Khelo India meet, nearly lands gold medal

For her exploits in compound archery, armless archer Sheetal Devi had won the Arjuna Award at the start of 2024.

Remember Sheetal Devi, the Indian wonderkid archer without hands, who made waves at last year’s Asian Para Games, by winning twin gold medals at the competition. The 17-year-old from Kashmir, who rose to the World No.1 position, is back in the news once again.

Sheetal Devi has now won a silver medal at the compound archery event final at the 2024 Khelo India National Meet in New Delhi, on Wednesday. But then, there is a twist. The prodigy won the medal in the able-bodied category, which doesn’t come as a surprise at all. In fact, she was on her way to win a gold medal, and only lost out to Haryana’s Ekta Rani in the final with a scoreline of 138-140.

“This result will help me more going ahead in the international platforms and the Olympics,” Sheetal was quoted as saying by Sports Authority of India.

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Who is Sheetal Devi? Her Career Highlights

Sheetal Devi gained worldwide recognition due to her superhuman ability to shoot accurately, even with her legs. She had gone on to win a silver medal at the women’s compound archery event at the World Archery Para Championships 2023 in the Czech Republic. There she became the first armless archer in the world to win a medal at the event. It was there, she secured the quota for the Paralympics 2024.

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