Dola Banerjee

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Dola Banerjee
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Personal information
NationalityIndian
Born (1980-06-02) 2 June 1980 (age 38)
Baranagar, North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal
OccupationSportsman (Archer)

Dola Banerjee (Bengali: দোলা ব্যানার্জি;born 2 June 1980) is an Indian sportswoman who competes in archery.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dola Banerjee is daughter of Ashok Banerjee and Kalpana Banerjee. She was born in Baranagar near Kolkata. She studied in Baranagar Rajkumari Memorial Girls High School. At the age of eight, she joined Baranagar Archery Club.[2] Her first international appearance was in Youth World Championship in San Diego in 1996[3]

Career[edit]

XIX Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi Archery (Women’s Individual Recurve) Deepika Kumari of India (Gold), Alison Jane Williamson of England (Silver) and Dola Banerjee of India (Bronze) during the medal presentation ceremony
The President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Arjuna Award -2005 to Ms. Dola Banerjee for Archery, at a glittering function in New Delhi on August 29, 2006

Dola Banerjee started archery at the Baranagar Archery Club in 1990 when she was barely 9 years of age. She represented at the tender age of 16 at the Youth World Championship, Sandiego in 1996. Since then she has been a regular member of the Indian women’s archery team. Dola Banerjee represented India at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She was placed 13th in the women's individual ranking round with a 72-arrow score of 642. In the first round of elimination, she faced 52nd-ranked Kirstin Jean Lewis of South Africa. Dola fell victim to an upset, losing 141-131 in the 18-arrow match, placing 52nd overall in women's individual archery. Dola was also a member of the 8th-place Indian women's archery team.

During her 20 years in international Archery she has represented the country at more than 50 competitions including 2 Olympic Games, 3 Asian Games, 4 World Championship, 4 Asian Championship, 11 World Cups, 3 European Grand Prix, 10 Asian Grand Prix, 2 SAF Games, 1 Commonwealth Games and many others.  She has won more than 16 Gold, 3 Silver and 8 Bronze medals for the country.

Dola Banerjee won the second international gold medal of her career when she won the individual recurve title of the fourth leg of the Meteksan World Cup archery at Dover (England) in August 2007. Having won the fourth leg, she qualified for the world cup final held at Dubai in November 2007 where the winners of the four legs competed.[4]

Dola Banerjee became world champion in archery by winning the gold medal in the women's individual recurve competition at the archery world cup held at Dubai, in November 2007. [1]

Dola Banerjee is the second woman archer to be honored with the Arjuna award by the Government of India in 2005.[5]

Contribution at National Level[edit]

At the National Level she has won more than 52 gold, 21 silver and eight bronze medals. Her absolute dominance at the Junior National Level during the five years that she played at that level is clear as she won a medal in all categories by winning 19 gold, five silver and six bronze medals. She won 30 medals out of a possibility of 30 medals.

Dola Banerjee was honored by the Indian Government when she was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2005 for her excellent contribution to Archery.

She was a Member in the Sports Development body of the West Bengal Government since July 2011 and playing a key role in development of sports in her state.

Banerjee was also a member of the Steering Committee for Youth Affairs and Sports for the Twelfth Five Year Plan.

She is also actively involved with Baranagar Archery Club, her local club where she started her career, for the development of the sport.

Presently she is employed with the Eastern Railways. She has been also part of the Railways Sports Promotion Board contingent, traveling to the London Olympics 2012 and Rio Olympics 2016.

2008 Beijing Summer Olympics[edit]

Dola represented India in the women's individual as well as team events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but failed to reach the finals in both events. She teamed up with Pranitha Vardhineni and Bombayala Devi in the team event. They were ranked sixth in the 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 31st, and lost to Marie-Pier Beaudet of Canada by 8-10 in the tie break, after scoring 108-108 in the full set of arrows.[6]

2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games[edit]

In Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi, she won Gold Medal in Women's Team Recurve with Deepika Kumari and L Bombayala Devi [7]

She also won a Bronze medal on the Recurve Individual event.

Achievements[edit]

  •  Arjuna Award on the year of 2005.
  • 1st woman who have qualified for Olympic in the individual event on 2004 Athens Olympic.
  • Won Individual Gold on 2007 World Cup and as well as World Cup Final on the same year.
  • Won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth games.
  • Team Bronze in the Asian Games in 2010.
Year Name of the Competition Venue Name of the Event Place
2010 16th Asian Games Gwangju, China Team Bronze
2010 19th Commonwealth Games New Delhi Indv

Team

Bronze

Gold

2010[edit]

3rd World Cup Ogden,USA Team Silver
2010 2nd World Cup Antaliya,Turkey Indv 4th
2010 1st World Cup Porec,Croatia Participate
2010 1st Asian Grand Prix Bangkokok

Thailand

Team Gold
2010 SAF Games Dhaka Bangladesh Indv

Team

Gold

Gold

2009 5th Asian Grand Prix


Dhaka,Bangladesh Indv

Team

Gold

Gold                                     

2009 4th  Asian Grand Prix Kolkata, India Indv

Team

Bronze

Gold

2009 45th   World Archery Championship Ulsan, Korea Participate
2009 3rd  World Cup Antalya,Turkey Team Bronze
2009 2nd World Cup Porec, Croatia Team 4th
2009 1st World Cup Dominican Republic, Indv Bronze
2008 Asian Grand Prix Manila, Philippines Indv

Team

Bronze

Gold

2008 XXIX Olympic Games Beijing, China Team 7th
2008 3rd Archery World Cup Antalya , Turkey ------------- Participated
2008 2nd  Archery World Cup Porec, Croatia ------------- Participated
2008 1st  Archery World Cup Santo Domingo ------------- Participated                                                                                                                                              
2007 World Cup Final Dubai Individual Gold
2007 Asian Archery Grand Prix Isfahan, Iran Team Gold
2007 Asian Archery Championship, China China Team Bronze
2007 World Archery Championship, Germany Germany Women Team Qualified for Olympics 08
2007 4th World Cup Dover , Great Britain Individual

Team

Gold

Bronze

2007 2nd World Cup Antalya, Turkey ----------- Participated
2007 2nd World Cup Antalia, Turkey ----------- Participated
2007 1st World Cup Ulsan, Korea Individual Lost in Quarter Final
2006 Asian Games Doha, Quatar Individual 4th


2006 Asian Circuit Myanmar, Team Silver
2006 4th World Cup Sanghai, China Team


4th
2006 SAF Games Colombo , Srilanka Individual

Team

Gold

Gold

2006 2nd World Cup Antalia, Turkey Individual Lost In quarter Final
2006 1st World Cup Croatia -------------- Participated
2006 SAF Championship Bangladesh Individual

Team

Gold

Gold

2005 Asian Archery Championship New Delhi Team Bronze
2005 Senior World Archery Championship Madrid , Spain Team 4th Place
2005 European Grand Prix Antalya, Turkey Individual.

Team

Gold

Silver

2004 XXVIII Olympic Games Athens Team 8th Place
2004 3rd European grand Prix


Turkey Individual.

Team

7th Place

4th Place

2004 2nd European Grand Prix Germany Team 4th Place
2003 13th Asian Archery Championship Myanmar Team 4th Place
2003 42nd World Archery Championship Newyork Individual Lost In quarter Final

Personal life[edit]

Dola Banerjee is married to a corporate professional, Medhadeep Banerjee. and is a mother of a son, Diyan. Her younger brother Rahul Banerjee is also an archer. She is a cousin of the singers Shaan and Sagarika.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DOLA BANERJEE". Archived from the original on 16 September 2012.
  2. ^ My Fundays by Dola Banerjee in The Telegraph, 14 September 2007
  3. ^ "Dola Banerjee, biography". archeryworldcup.org. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011.
  4. ^ Dola creates history, sits on top of the world- Hindustan Times
  5. ^ a b Idol Dola becomes an icon- Hindustan Times[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Athlete biography: Dola Banerjee". Beijing2008.cn. Archived from the original on 13 August 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Dola & Co create history with archery gold". Archived from the original on 13 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010.

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