She is just five years and six months old but created two records in archery on Sunday to enter the India Book of Records and the Asian Book of Records in front a host of admirers, sports administrators and a crew from the German television channel — ProSieben.
Cherukuri Dolly Shivani, the sensational kid archer, created the first record by punching 103 arrows in just 11 minutes and 19 seconds from 10 metres by using a compound bow and Indian arrows. “During the practice session, she used to take 13 minutes. Now she reduced the timing considerably to create a new record,” said her father Cherukuri Satyanarayana.
After taking a half-an-hour rest, Shivani attempted her second feat of the day and she completed it successfully much to the delight of the packed crowd at Volga Archery Academy.
This little girl, using compound bow and arrows, released 36 arrows in just 5 minutes and eight seconds from a distance of 20 metres and scored 290 points out of 360.
“We were expecting her score around 250. But 290 is very encouraging,” said B. Shravan Kumar, an official from the Archery Association of India.
Shivani’s second feat deserves a pat on her back for she chose a distance used by teenage archers. “It is a big challenge to her considering her tiny hands and supple shoulders. Fifteen times she punched nine points and twice 10 points. This signifies the concentration level of the young kid,” said Mr. Shravan.
India Book of Records adjudicator Indira Choudary, while handing over the certificates, said Shivani was a special child and she had the wherewithal to go places.
Dr. KKR Gowtham, Public School principal K. Avinesh, SAAP officer-on-special duty P. Ramakrishna, SRR & CVR College principal V. Joshi, Krishna University Sports Board secretary N. Srinivas and several sports administrators congratulated the little archer.
German TV crew films Shivani:
A three-member crew from German TV — ProSieben had arrived to make a seven-minute documentary on Dolly Shivani and it would be here to capture the various moods of the child prodigy. “Our TV channel is a private one in Germany and we will feature Shivani in our popular programme – Galileo - in the wonder kid category,” said film’s director Sara Klare.
“Shivani will be 13 when the 2024 Olympics will be held. Out target is to prepare Shivani for the grand sporting show and we need a top class coach to teach her the advanced techniques. I want Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to take note of the request and do the needful,” said Mr. Satyanarayana to the waiting media persons.