Archery World Cup: Deepika shines, India gets four gold medals in the third stage

In-form veteran recurve archer Deepika Kumari's stellar performance helped India bag three gold medals in the third stage of the World Cup here on Sunday, taking India to four gold medals

Archery World Cup: Deepika shines, India gets four gold medals in the third stage

India clinched three gold medals in the third leg of the World Cup here on Sunday with a stellar performance from in-form veteran recurve archer Deepika Kumari. Due to this, India got four gold medals in this competition. On Saturday, Abhishek Verma won the gold medal in the compound individual event. This was India's best performance in this global competition before the Tokyo Olympics to be held next month.

Deepika was instrumental in winning three gold medals, defeating Elina Osipova of Russia 6-0 in the final of the women's individual recurve event to complete a hat-trick of gold medals in one day, before winning both the mixed and women's recurve team gold medals.

In the final of the mixed team event, the fifth seeded pair of Dipika and her husband Atanu Das came back from a 0-2 loss to Jeff Van den Bergh and Gabriella Scholeser of the Netherlands to win 5-3.

Earlier, the Indian women's recurve team of star archers Deepika, Ankita Bhagat and Komolika Bari won the gold medal with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Mexico. The women's recurve team, which missed out on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics last week, tried to ease the disappointment with this gold medal.

Atanu and Dipika got married last year and June 30 will mark their first anniversary. Atanu said after the win, 'It's a wonderful feeling. For the first time we were playing in the final together and we won together, feeling very happy.

Interestingly, this is the first mixed doubles gold medal for former world number one archer Deepika, who has earlier won five silver and three bronze medals in the event. “It seems we are made for each other, but on the field, we are not a couple but like other competitors, we inspire, support and support each other,” he said.

Deepika led the women's team to its second consecutive gold medal at the World Cup this year. Her last mixed doubles final was also with Atanu, when they lost to Korea in Antalya World Cup 2016.

World's third-ranked archer trio of Deepika, Ankita and Komolika had also secured the first position after defeating Mexico in the final of the first leg of the World Cup. The team also won the gold medal in this third stage by defeating Mexico and did not lose a single set during this period.

This year it is her second consecutive World Cup and sixth overall (Shanghai 2011, Medellin 2013, Roclaw 2013, Roclaw 2014, Guatemala City 2021) gold medal. Every time Deepika was included in the team.

The Indian team performed brilliantly, with a score of 57–57 in the first set, but in the second set, the Indian team put pressure on the Mexican team, which included London 2012 silver medalists Aida Roman, Alejandra Valencia and Anna Vazquez. In the second set, Mexico's team trailed by three points after scoring 52 points.

The Indian team was ahead 3-1 and scored 55 points in the third set as well, but Mexico's team could not match and lost the third set by one point. In this way, he had to face the second consecutive defeat this year.