Watch: This archery prodigy in India is not yet three years old

Friday March 13th, 2015

Dolly Shivani Cherukuri is a rising young archer in India who will make an attempt to put her name in the India Book of Records when she tries to record 200 points in five- and seven-meter distances later this month.

According to The Hindu, Dolly is already routinely scoring 400 points during practice sessions.

So why is it such a big deal?

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Shivani will celebrate her third birthday on April 2, and she is adorable.

She is the younger sister of Indian coach and international archer Cherukuri Lenin, who was killed in an automobile accident shortly after the 2010 Delhi Commonweath Games.

Her father, Cherukuri Satyanarayana, began preparing the girl for a future as an archer while she was literally still in the womb.

"When we came to know that the baby was on her way we decided to mold her as an archer," Satyanaarayana said. "The preparation was on while she was in the womb itself."

While Dolly's father was in Poland, he had 30 tiny carbide recurve bows made.

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"When Shivani was born on April 2, 2012, she arrived amidst the bows and arrows," her father said. "Her 35-month journey so far has always been with archery. Literally, she speaks, dreams, eats archery and mingles with senior archers."

[The Washington Post]


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