Deepika and Co win silver, India finish with 3 medals at Archery World Cup Stage 3
India’s recurve women’s team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Simranjeet Kaur clinched silver after the trio’s fairytale run was halted by Chinese Taipei in a one-sided final at the the third stage of the World Cup on Sunday.
India concluded their campaign with one gold and two silver medals, including two in the compound section.
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The women’s recurve team, which picked up a modest 13th seed after the trio slipped from the top 30 in their individual qualifying rounds, didn’t make much of an impact and lost to Taipei Chinese 5-1 (53-56 56-56 53-56) in straight sets.
With Rio Olympic team bronze medalist Lei Chien-Ying in the line-up, third seed Chinese Taipei mounted the pressure early with two 10s and four 9s as India shot a 7 in the first set that turned out to be the turning point.
The Indian trio bounced back to level the second set but it wasn’t enough as they slipped again in the third set, while the Chinese maintained their consistency to seal the gold.
Nonetheless, it was a memorable comeback for the world number one. 3 Deepika, who came back with a team silver medal after being sidelined following her Tokyo Olympics debacle.
But the tournament centered on the dream comeback of compound archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam, who led India’s medal tally with a gold medal (mixed team event with Abhishek Verma) and a silver (individual) Saturday.
The world no. 3 Jyothi was also snubbed during the Asian Games trial earlier this year.
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