New Delhi: A two-year-old Indian girl groomed from birth to be an archery champion after the tragic death of her older siblings set a new national record yesterday, according to the India Book of Records.
Dolly Cherukuri takes aim during her world record attempt in Vijaywada yesterday. Pic/AFP
Dolly Shivani Cherukuri was conceived through surrogacy after the death of her brother, an international archer and coach, in a road accident in 2010. The couple's eldest daughter had died in 2004.
Yesterday — nine days before her third birthday — she became the youngest Indian to score 200 points over five and seven-metre distances according to Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury of the India Book of Records.
"She has become the youngest in the country to achieve the feat," Chowdhury told AFP from Andhra Pradesh. "It's a record which will be difficult to break."
Dolly's parents said they had arrows specially made for her out of carbon when she was first learning the sport to ensure she could carry them. "When we came to know that the baby was on her way we decided to mould her as an archer," said her father Cherukuri Satyanarayana, who runs an archery academy.