Dola Banerjee

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Dola Banerjee
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Born 2 June 1980 (age 36)
Baranagar, North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal
Nationality Indian
Occupation Sportsman (Archer)
Dola Banerjee
Medal record
Representing  India
Women’s Archery
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2007 Dubai Individual
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 New Delhi Team Recurve
Bronze medal – third place 2010 New Delhi Individual Recurve
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Recurve Team

Dola Banerjee (Bengali: দোলা ব্যানার্জি) (born 2 June 1980) is an Indian sportswoman who competes in archery.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dola Banerjee is daughter of Ashok Banerjee and Kalpana Banerjee. She was born in Baranagar near Kolkata. She studied in Baranagar Rajkumari Memorial Girls High School. At the age of nine, she joined Baranagar Archery Club.[2] Her first international appearance was in Youth World Championship in San Diego in 1996[3]


Dola Banerjee represented India at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She was placed 13th in the women’s individual ranking round with a 72-arrow score of 642. In the first round of elimination, she faced 52nd-ranked Kirstin Jean Lewis of South Africa. Dola fell victim to an upset, losing 141-131 in the 18-arrow match, placing 52nd overall in women’s individual archery. Dola was also a member of the 8th-place Indian women’s archery team.

Dola Banerjee won the second international gold medal of her career when she won the individual recurve title of the fourth leg of the Meteksan World Cup archery at Dover (England) in August 2007. Having won the fourth leg, she qualified for the world cup final held at Dubai in November 2007 where the winners of the four legs competed.[4]

Dola Banerjee became world champion in archery by winning the gold medal in the women’s individual recurve competition at the archery world cup held at Dubai, in November 2007. [1]

Dola Banerjee is the second woman archer to be honored with the Arjuna award by the Government of India in 2005.[5]

2008 Beijing Summer Olympics[edit]

Dola represented India in the women’s individual as well as team events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but failed to reach the finals in both events. She teamed up with Pranitha Vardhineni and Bombayala Devi in the team event. They were ranked sixth in the qualifiers. They got a bye in the round of 16, but lost to China by 206-211 in the quarterfinals. in the individual event, she was ranked 31st, and lost to Marie-Pier Beaudet of Canada by 8-10 in the tie break, after scoring 108-108 in the full set of arrows.[6]

2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games[edit]

In Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi, she won Gold Medal in Women’s Team Recurve with Deepika Kumari and L Bombayala Devi [7]

She also won a Bronze medal on the Recurve Individual event.

Personal life[edit]

Banerjee’s younger brother Rahul Banerjee is also an archer. She is a cousin of the singers Shaan and Sagarika.[5]

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