Days after missing out on a Tokyo Olympics berth, Indian women’s recurve team bagged the gold medal at the Archery World Cup. team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari defeated favorites Mexico 5-1 without dropping a set in the final. The final saw them win their second successive gold medal at the World Cup this year, and sixth overall.
The trio were at their best, shooting four 10s with one X (closest to the centre) for a 57-57 score in the first set. The Indian’s impeccable accuracy got the Mexican team which featured London 2012 silver medallist Aida Roman, Alejandra Valencia and Ana Vazquez under pressure.
Having lost the second set by three points with a poor 52, Deepika and Co. bounced back to take the third by just one point. The final saw the Mexicans suffer a second successive defeat this year.
Archery World Cup: Indian mixed recurve team bags gold
The mixed team of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das clinched the gold medal in the third stage of the archery world cup. The Indians toppled Netherland’s Gabriela Bayardo and Sjef van den Berg to claim the top spot. Deepika and Atanu flattened the dutch pair 5-3 to cap off a perfect outing.
The final was a first for the pair following their Olympic qualification. The medal was the second gold for Deepika in the event, who is in contention for one more in the individual event. She has been in red hot form ever since qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics and is one of the brightest medal hopes for the country.
Anshuman Mahapatra is currently pursuing an engineering degree. Writing and sports are his fortes. He covers cricket as well as badminton, boxing and other Olympic sports. Anshuman is addicted to reading novels and cricket. He is a huge Chennai Super Kings fan.
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