Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He took up archery at age 14 at the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, India.
|Why this sport?
||He was inspired to take up the sport after watching the television programme 'Mahabharata' that features archery.
|Club / Team
|Name of coach
||Jiwanjot Singh Teja [national], IND; Dhaneshwar Maida [national], IND
||Playing table tennis, playing video games. (archery.org, 10 Mar 2014; 03 Dec 2017)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Finishing in first place at the 2006 World Cup event in Porec, Croatia. (iloveindia.com, 10 Aug 2007; sports.ndtv.com, 17 Jul 2012; olympicgoldquest.in, 22 Jul 2013)
|Most influential person in career
||His older brother Nikhilesh Talukdar, his mother and the Tata Archery Academy staff. (Daily News & Analysis, March 2010)
|Hero / Idol
||His former coach Sanjeeva Kumar Singh, Danish archer Carina Rosenvinge Christiansen, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. (Daily News and Analysis, 20 Jun 2006; intoday.in, 17 Sep 2011; Facebook profile, 15 Sep 2013)
||He missed the 2007 National Games in India, due to a groin injury. (news.oneindia.in, 07 Feb 2007)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Stay calm in crunch situations." (North East News Agency, 01 Jun 2006)
|Awards and honours
||In 2007 he received the Arjuna Award from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. (olympicgoldquest.in, 22 Jul 2013)
He took a year away from the sport after missing qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He returned to competition in August 2017 at the World Cup event in Berlin, Germany. "I felt I let the team down. I was not happy with my performance and missing out on an Olympic spot was not easy to digest." (newindianexpress.com, 22 Jul 2017)
He became the first Indian archer to top the podium at a World Cup event, when he claimed first place at the 2006 event in Porec, Croatia. (olympicgoldquest.in, 22 Jul 2013; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Apr 2018)