Archery: Deepika Kumari Wins Gold at World Cup Stage Event in USA
The Indian ace, only 24, has booked her place in her 7th World Cup Finals with a stellar performance
Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumar shrugged off her poor run of form by clinching the gold medal in the women's recurve event at the World Cup (Stage III) after a gap of six years, beating Germany's Michelle Kroppen 7-3 to qualify for the circuit Final, later this year.
Deepika, a four-time World Cup final silver medallist (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), automatically qualified for the Archery World Cup Final in Samsun, Turkey, which will be her seventh appearance at the season-ending event.
“Finally! That’s what I said when I won this gold medal,” said Deepika, whose last victory at a World Cup stage event came six years ago, in Antalya back in 2012.
“I was repeating to myself, ‘just do it the best, this is your time; just enjoy your game and forget about winning or losing and have fun',” Deepika told the official website of World Archery federation.
“Do I feel relieved to qualify? Yes and no. I'm not expecting anything, at the moment I'm just enjoying my game, I want to enjoy my game,” said Deepika, who has often failed to live up to expectations at the biggest stage like the Olympics.
Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei beat Gabriela Bayardo of the Netherlands in four sets, 7-1, to the recurve women's bronze medal.
In the medal standings, India finished fourth behind USA, Colombia and Chinese Taipei with a gold, silver and bronze each in the penultimate stage of the World Cup.
Deepika, however, returned empty-handed in the recurve mixed pair section alongside Atanu Das, where they lost to Chinese Taipei pair of Tang Chih-Chun and Tan Ya-Ting 4-5 in the shoot-off.
Locked 37-all after set four, the pair of Deepika and Atanu Das shot identical 8s, while their opponents sealed the issue with a nine and eight.
India's Asian Games-bound archery squad will now head off to Berlin for the fourth World Cup from 16-22 July ahead of the Indonesia Asian Games in August-September.
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