The world number three recurve archer Deepika shot four perfect 10s in windy conditions to lead India to a 201-186 thrashing of China for the team gold medal yesterday. It was India’s first World Cup team gold since Shanghai 2011. Later, Deepika paired up with Atanu Das to win the mixed team bronze with an 18-point margin (150-132) against the Mexicans. India thus finished fourth with one gold and two bronze as the US topped the standings with nine medals (2-5-2), while China (2-1-2) and Colombia (1-1-0) were second and third respectively. Top-seeded China comprising London Olympics team silver medalist Xu Jing, Cheng Ming and Cui Yuanyuan, an individual winner in Antalya, were the favorites with a 7-4 head-to-head track record. But China had a disastrous first end with Ming missing the target completely and failing to register a score while Jing and Yuanyuan came up with 6 and 5. The other two Indian members Rimil Buriuly and Bombayla Devi Laishram managed 11 between them while Deepika had an 8 to open up a massive 46-33 lead after the first end. It was too late for China to stage a recovery as India extended their lead to 147-134 before the last six arrows. The Chinese trio tried hard but it was difficult to hit the perfect 10s in windy conditions as Deepika showed class to ensure the gold by a handsome 15-point margin. In another event, Rajat Chouhan, Sandeep Kumar and Ratan Singh Khuraijam overcame a stiff resistance from the hosts to win 215-210 en route to the bronze medal earlier. The President of Archery Association of India (AAI), Vijay Kumar Malhotra today congratulated Indian archery contingent for winning a gold and two bronze medals in the third World Cup Archery Championship at Medellin, Columbia. Malhotra applauded the efforts of the recurve women trio — Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Rimil Buruily — for clinching gold by beating the Chinese team in which two Olympic medal winners were playing. He also praised the compound men’s team comprising Rajat Chouhan, K Ratan Singh and L Hari Das over the Columbia to bag bronze medal, as well as Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das for claiming bronze in the Recurve Mixed event. “The 3rd World Cup-Medellin was the most successful event during the current calendar year 2013 and will certainly boost the preparation of Indian Archery team for future important events like World Championship, Asian Championship and Asian Games,” Malhotra said in a statement. The next and last World Cup stage of the season before the Paris Final is scheduled in Wroclaw, Poland from August 19-25. (Source: PTI)
Powered by Deepika Kumari’s gold and bronze medal performances on the concluding day, India finished fourth in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Medellin, Colombia.