Two-year-old girl in India sets new national record for archery

Dolly Shivani Cherukuri had been groomed from birth to be a champion

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A little two-year-old girl in India has set a new national record for archery, according to the Guinness Book of India.

Dolly Shivani Cherukuri had been groomed from birth to be an archery champion after the tragic death of her older siblings.

Her brother, an international archer and coach, died in 2010 in a road accident, while her sister passed away in 2004.

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," Mr Chowdhury said.

"It's a record which will be difficult to break."

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Dolly Shivani Cherukuri hits the target

Her father, Cherukuri Satyanarayana, who runs an archery academy said: "When we came to know that the baby was on her way we decided to mould her as an archer.

"The preparations started when she was in the womb itself," he added.

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