Posted on: July 22, 2013

Archery World Cup: Deepika Kumari’s gold & bronze catapulted India to the fourth position

By Antara Das

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Archery World Cup: Deepika Kumari’s gold & bronze catapulted India to the fourth position

India managed to finish fourth with the gold and bronze medal performances of Deepika Kumari on the concluding day in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 at Medellin in Colombia.

Despite of windy conditions, the World no.3 recurve archer Deepika shot four perfect 10s to lead India by 201-186 thrashing China for the team gold medal on Sunday. This is India's first World Cup team gold medal since Shanghai 2011.

Subsequently, Deepika paired up with Atanu Das to claim the mixed team bronze medal with an 18-point margin (150-132) against the Mexican players.

At the end, India finished fourth with one gold and two bronze. The US dominated the standings with nine medals by 2-5-2, while China bagged 2-1-2 and Colombia bagged 1-1-0 who are second and third respectively.

Top-seeded China comprising London Olympics team silver medalists Cheng Ming, Xu Jing and an individual winner in Antalya Cui Yuanyuan were the favorites with a 7-4 head-to-head track record. Unfortunately, China had a disappointing first end with Ming missing the target entirely and unable to register a score while Jing and Yuanyuan emerged with 6 and 5.

Another two Indian members Rimil Buriuly and Bombayla Devi Laishram scored 11 between them while Deepika scored 8 to open up a gigantic 46-33 lead following the first end.

It was too late for China to think of a recovery as India extended their lead to 147-134 prior the last six arrows. It cannot be ignored that the Chinese trio attempted hard but it was difficult to hit perfect 10s in windy conditions. But Deepika exhibited her class to ensure the gold by a robust 15-point margin.

The subsequent and last World Cup stage of the season prior the Paris Final is scheduled at Wroclaw in Poland from 19th-25th August.

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