Indian Archers have clinched three gold medals in women’s individual, women’s team and mixed team events at Paris Archery World Cup Stage 3 on Sunday. Deepika Kumari, a former world No. 1, and playing a part in each of them, claimed top honours in the women’s individual event and helped the women’s recurve and mixed teams win gold medals in their respective categories.
The 27-year-old Indian archer, Deepika Kumari was at her dominating performance in the final of the individual event, where she managed to beat ROC archer Elena Osipova 6-0 in straight sets to win her eighth World Cup gold medal. Whereas in her earlier knockout rounds she had defeated Mexico’s Ana Vazquez and Aida Roman, German ace Charline Schwarz and Italy’s Elena Tonetta.
However, her third gold of the tournament came in the recurve mixed team event with her husband Atanu Das. The duo defeated Dutch pair Gabriela Schloesser and Sjef Van Den Berg 5-3 in the final.
In the women’s recurve archery team gold medal match, the Indian trio consisting of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari managed to defeat the top-seeded Mexican team of Ana Vazquez, Alejandra Valencia and Aida Roman 5-1 in three sets. With this win, the Indian women’s recurve team becomes the second straight World Cup gold winner after winning top honours at the first stage of the Archery World Cup in Guatemala City back in April.
On the other hand, Abhishek Verma opened India’s medals account at the Paris World Cup after winning the men’s individual compound event. The recurve archers increased the tally to four on Sunday.
With this big win, the Indian recurve archery contingent containing Deepika Kumari, Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai, and Pravin Jadhav will compete at the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled from 23 July to 8 August 2021.
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