Deepika Kumari says medal matters more than ranking

A relatively unknown face till two years ago, Deepika Kumari is a perfect example of determination overcoming odds. But her fame has not altered the ace archer’s sole focus on an Olympic medal.Deepika was recently crowned world No.1 but she admits that her ranking would only be justified if she wins a medal at the London Games.”I’ll be happy about my rankings only if I win a medal at the London Olympics,” said Deepika during a send-off ceremony in the Capital on Monday for seven Indian sportspersons who will be competing at the Olympics.The 18-year-old archer from Jharkhand says that winning an Olympic medal has been her dream.”An Olympic medal means a lot to me – it’s my life. All through my life I have been dreaming of an Olympic medal.”However, the Koreans pose a threat to her ambitions but Deepika added that her experience and improved technique will hold her in good stead.”I have been focusing on my technique as in archery even a slight mistake can cost you. Koreans have been winning gold medals at the Olympics for a long time. But it’s time that I prove that I can beat them at the top level. The experience of playing at the World Cups against the Koreans will come in handy,” Deepika said.Ace marksman Manavjit Singh Sandhu is another sportsperson who is expected to make his presence count at the Olympics.London will be Manavjit’s third Games and he hopes to come good this time although weather is one factor that the trap shooter thinks could be decisive.advertisement”They have even taken away the shelter from the range which makes it difficult to shoot in rain,” said Manavjit.Meanwhile, contingent sponsors Samsung announced cash award of Rs 20 lakh for winning a gold medal at the London Games.The company also said a silver medal winner would get Rs 15 lakh, while Rs 10 lakh would be awarded to a bronze medal winner.