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Laxmi Rani Majhi was born on 26 January 1989 in Bagula, Jharkhand. She resides in Chittaranjan, Asansol in West Bengal. She is a right-handed recurve archer who is going to be a part of the Indian women’s archery team that is going to take part in the Rio Olympics 2016. Laxmi has won so many archery competitions and has been awarded the position of a cadet by the Tata Sports Academy, in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Laxmi’s first chance to become an archer was offered to her when the selectors for the archery academy visited her Government School. Laxmi is from the Santhal tribe; she grew up in Bagula village, Ghatshila district in Jharkhand and she is 17 years old.Laxmi Rani Majhi is a bright prospect in the world of archery, and she is going to represent India in the women’s archery team event along with Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly at the Rio Olympics. archer Laxmirani Majhi was knocked out of the ongoing Rio Olympics after suffering a crushing 1-7 defeat at the hands of Slovakia’s Longova Alexandra in the last-32 elimination round on Monday. Laxmi was studying in a government school in Bagula, when she caught the eye of national coach Dharmendra Tiwari who had come with a couple of selectors to scout for young talents. Even though she did not know anything about the sport, she still wanted to take part in it, as she saw it as a means to earn a living. She is currently being coached by Poornima Mahato who has been helping her improve her performances as an archer. According to her coach, she balances the team because of her ability to soak in pressure. She is a talented athlete who consistently scores 10s to help her team out when needed, and will play a crucial role in the team’s hopes to win a medal at the Games. The trio of Laxmi, Deepika and Rimil had faced a higher ranked Germany in the quarterfinals of the World Archery Championships, and came back from a deficit of 1-3 to win the match 5-3, which gave the team the necessary confidence required to give tough competitions to the other participants in the archery event and come out successful as medal winners in the Games. It provides much-needed balance to the team because of her ability to soak in pressure. She is also known to score 10s frequently, a consistency that will be crucial if the archery team hopes to finish on the podium.


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