Sheetal Devi, a distinguished Indian para-archer, achieved a significant milestone in her remarkable career by attaining the top spot in the global rankings for women’s compound para-archery. The most recent rankings, unveiled by World Archery on Tuesday, showcased Sheetal’s dominance with an impressive 230 points, placing her well ahead of her competitors. In contrast, the second-ranked para-archer, Jane Karla Gogel of Brazil, trailed behind with 195 points. This remarkable accomplishment follows another noteworthy achievement for Sheetal. On November 25, she was honored as the Best Youth Athlete of the Year by the Asian Paralympic Committee in Riyadh, marking her as the first Indian para-athlete to receive this prestigious award.
Defying all odds and adversities in life, para-archery sensation & #TOPScheme Athlete Sheetal Devi becomes World No. #1 🥳
Take a bow Sheetal 👑 & keep rocking our world🙌
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— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) November 28, 2023
Sheetal, an archer without arms, captivated the world with her determination and impressive abilities to draw a bow, release an arrow using her legs, and employ her mouth in the process. According to World Archery records, Sheetal, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, holds the distinction of being the first female archer with no arms to participate in international competitions. Born with phocomelia, a rare congenital condition leading to underdeveloped limbs, Sheetal was discovered during a youth event organized by the Indian Army in Kishtwar in 2021, where her athleticism drew the attention of scouts. Her remarkable achievements included winning a silver medal at the World Para Archery Championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic, marking a standout year in her career.
She maintained her impressive performance by securing three medals at the 2023 Asian Para Games in Hangzhou. Having earned two gold medals, she achieved the historic feat of becoming the initial Indian female athlete to claim two golds in a single Asian Para Games edition.