Archery’s newest national record holder isn’t sponsored by manufacturers, nor does she have legions of fans. In fact, she isn’t even old enough to tie her own shoelaces. What she can do is fire arrows from 5- and 7-meter distances with incredible accuracy.
On the brink of her third birthday, India’s Dolly Shivani Cherukuri became the youngest Indian to score 200 points over 5- and 7-meter distances. According to India Book of Records officials, Cherukuri is the youngest archer in the country to accomplish this feat.
Cherukuri was conceived through surrogacy after the death of her brother, an international archer and coach. Her parents decided to immediately begin grooming the girl to become an archery champion.
“When we came to know that the baby was on her way, we decided to mold her as an archer,” the girl’s father told Agence France-Presse
Due to her size, Cherukuri’s parents had lightweight carbon arrows made for her when she was first learning the sport so that she could carry her own arrows.
After the record-setting event, which took place in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, the toddler took time to pose for a number of photographs.
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