Bombayla Devi Laishram

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Bombayla Devi Laishram
Laishram smiling at the camera in a blue jersey.
Laishram prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Nickname(s) Bom
National team India
Born (1985-02-22) 22 February 1985 (age 33)
Imphal East, Manipur
Residence Imphal, Manipur
Country India
Sport Archery

Bombayla Devi Laishram (born 22 February 1985) is an Indian archer. A member of the national recurve team representing India at the international events since 2007, she has won four gold gold medals at Archery World Cup. Additionally, Laishram has won the silver medal at the 2011 World Archery Championships and give other medals at varying World Cup events.

Born in Imphal East, Manipur, Laishram began playing archery at the age of 11 and joined the Sports Authority of India under the guidance of her father. She made her national debut in 1997.

Early life[edit]

Laishram was born on 22 February 1985, in Manipur to M. Jamini Devi, a local archery coach and Manglem Singh, the state coach for Manipur’s handball team.[1][2][3] She started archery at the age of 11, and later joined the Sports Authority of India and started training there.[4] Laishram revealed in an interview that she started archery following her family's tradition in the sport.[5] She currently resides in Imphal, Manipur.[6]


She represented India at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the women's individual as well as team events. She, along with Dola Banerjee and Pranitha Vardhineni was ranked sixth in the team event qualifiers. They got a bye in the round of 16, but lost to China by 206–211 in the quarterfinals. In the individual event, she was ranked 22nd in the qualifiers, but lost to Iwona Marcinkiewicz of Poland by 101–103 in the round of 64.[7]

At the 2012 London Olympics, she bowed out in the second round of the women’s individual recurve event losing 2-6 to Mexico’s Aída Román on the 30 July 2012.[8] In the team event, India lost in the first round 211-210 to Denmark.[9]

She was the part of the team that qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics.[10] The Indian women's recursive team, consisting of Bombayla Devi Laishram, Deepika Kumari and Laxmirani Majhi, finished 7th in the ranking round. The team won their match against Colombia in the round of 16 before losing the quarterfinal match against Russia.[11]

Bombayla Devi Laishram faced Laurence Baldauff of Austria in the Women's Individual Round of 64 encounter in the 2016 Olympics, she won the match 6-2 and progressed to the next round. In the Round of 32, Bombayla Devi faced Lin Shih-chia of Chinese Taipei. She won the match 6-2 and advanced to the Round of 16.[12] However, she was not able to get past Alejandra Valencia of Mexico in the round of 16 and she lost with a score of 2 against 6.[13]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2012, the Government of India awarded Laishram with the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting honour.[14]


  1. ^ "Bombayla Laishram Devi". World Archery Federation. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bombayla Devi Laishram – Archery – Olympic Athlete". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bombayla Devi Profile: Archery". The Indian Express. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "All you need to know about Manipur's Bombayla Devi, Olympian archer". The Northeast Today. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "7 Takeaways: Rio 2016 Individual Elimination Day 3". World Archery Federation. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bombayla Laishram Devi". World Archery Federation. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Athlete biography: Laishram Bombayla Devi". Archived from the original on 13 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-23. ,, ret: 23 August 2008
  8. ^ "Bombayla bows out in pre-quarters". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "team (FITA Olympic round – 70m) women results – Archery – London 2012 Olympics". Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  10. ^ "2016 Rio Olympics: Indian men's archery team faces last chance to make cut". Zee News. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "India women's archery team of Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi, Bombayla Devi lose quarter-final against Russia". Indian Express. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rio 2016 – Archers and boxer Manoj Kumar dazzle, while Jitu Rai falters". 10 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari bow out of Rio 2016 Olympics". The Indian Express. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sports ministry announces 25 Arjuna awards for this year". Business Standard. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 

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