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Team India's road to Olympics - Archery

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Jayant Talukdar carries lots of hope and expectations in Men’s Individual Recurve.


As the countdown to London Olympics begin we take a look at some Indian hopefuls. It's time to support and encourage these individuals for the sports' ultimate glory. We start with archery.

Jayant Talukdar is a promising 26 years old Indian archer. Born on March 2, 1986, in Assam, Jayant was introduced to the sports only in 2000 after a Talent Hunt Trial at Guwahati. Archery coaches were so impressed by him that they picked him for training. Jayant attended the camp at Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur. It was here that he first made his mark, finishing first among all the male and female players gathered from all over India. He made it to the Junior National Archery team soon.

It was in 2005 that an 18 years old Jayant became the National Champion in Men's Individual Recurve at the National Archery Championship held at Ernakulum, Kerala. He won the following year as well in Kolkata.

At the international level, Jayant was the highest scorer in the Indian team that won a silver medal at the Junior World Archery Championship 2004 held in Britain. It was India's first ever medal at such level in archery. He repeated the feat in 2005 at the World Championship 2005 held at Madrid, Spain. India won a silver again.

Jayant won a gold medal at the South Asian Games (SAF) 2006 held at Colombo, Sri Lanka. The same year he won a bronze medal in the team competition of the Asian Games held at Doha, Qatar. It was also the year when he reached the number one spot in the world.

Jayant won a gold medal at the FITA Meteksan World Cup held in Croatia. He defeated Magnus Petersson of Sweden 108-105 to become the first Indian archer to win the title. This, he considers to be the happiest moment of his life so far.

Jayant Talukdar was conferred the Arjuna Award by government of India in 2007.

Jayant considers the great Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. Let' hope his idol inspires him to do well at London 2012.


1. Chitra Garg, Indian Champions: Profiles Of Famous Indian Sportspersons (Delhi: Rajpal & Sons, 2010), 17.
2. Anil Taneja, World of Sports Outdoor Volume 2 (Delhi: Kalpaz Publications, 2009), 13.


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