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Sheetal Devi Hits the Mark as First Indian to Claim World Archery Honors!

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Sheetal Devi, the World Champion and gold medalist at the Para Asian Games, achieved a historic milestone by becoming the inaugural Indian archer to secure the World Archery Awards on Friday. Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, the 16-year-old sensation clinched the title of the best female para-archer of the year in recognition of her outstanding performances at the Para Archery World Championships and Asian Para Games held in Hangzhou, China. The winners in various categories were determined through a weighted voting process that included input from the public, institutions, and the press. Voting, which commenced in mid-November and spanned a month, saw a substantial participation with over 750,000 votes cast.

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Sheetal Devi had a remarkable 2023, concluding with her securing two gold medals and one silver at the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China. Earlier in the same year, she achieved the top rank in Para Archery worldwide and also emerged victorious in the Para Archery World Championships. Aditi Swami and Jyothi Surekha Vennam, fellow Indians, did not receive any awards, but there is potential for them to be honored on February 3. This is when distinctions such as Breakthrough of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Overall Athlete of the Year will be bestowed. Aditi Swami made history by becoming the youngest world champion at the age of 17, while Jyothi secured three gold medals at the Asian Games 2023.

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