Kid archer Shivani shoots her way into record books

Shivani notched up the first record by punching 103 arrows in 11 minutes and 19 seconds from a distance of 10 metres, and the second by releasing 36 arrows in five minutes and eight seconds from a distance of 20 metres.

A three-member crew from German TV - ProSieben had arrived to make a seven-minute documentary on Dolly Shivani.   -  Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Five years and six months old , Cherukuri Dolly Shivani , the sensational kid archer created two records in archery on Sunday to enter the India Book of Records and Asian Book of Records in front of a host of admirers, sports administrators and a crew from German television channel - ProSieben.

Shivani notched up the first record by punching 103 arrows in 11 minutes and 19 seconds from a distance of 10 metres, using a compound bow and Indian arrows. “During the practice session she used to take 13 minutes to release 100 arrows. Now she reduced the timing considerably to create a new record,” said archer’s father Cherukuri Satyanarayana.

After taking a breather for half-an-hour, the young sensation attempted her second feat of the day, completing it successfully much to the delight of the packed crowd at Volga Archery Academy in Gunadala.

She released 36 arrows in five 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 Archery Association of India.

Shivani’s second feat deserves a mention for she chose a distance used by teenage archers. “This is the official distance of Archery Association of India for the under-18 boys.  This is a big challenge considering her age, her tiny hands and supple shoulders.

"Fifteen times she punched nine points and twice ten. This signifies the level of concentration of the young kid,” said Shravan. India Book of Records adjudicator Indira Choudary, while handing over the certificates, said Shivani was a special child and has the wherewithal to go places.

German TV crew films the prodigy

A three-member crew from German TV - ProSieben had arrived to make a seven-minute documentary on Dolly Shivani and it will 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 Klera.

“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 Satyanarayana to the waiting media persons.

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.