Archer Deepika kumari becomes world no 1 after winning gold at world cup

Archer Deepika kumari becomes world no 1 after winning gold at world cup

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Star Indian archer Deepika Kumari on Monday regained the number one position in global rankings for recurve women following her hat-trick of gold medals at the World Cup Stage 3 in Paris on Sunday. The 27-year-old from Ranchi, who had achieved the top spot for the first time in 2012, on Sunday claimed gold medals in three recurve events — women’s individual, women’s team and mixed team. “This is going to take Deepika to the number one spot in the world rankings on Monday,” World Archery had tweeted on its official handle after Deepika’s gold rush

Deepika first combined with Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari to notch up the women’s recurve team gold with a comfortable win over Mexico. She then paired up with husband Atanu Das and the couple came back from a 0-2 deficit to down the Netherlands’ Sjef van den Berg and Gabriela Schloesser 5-3 for the gold medal. The Ranchi archer then blanked 17th-ranked Russian Elena Osipova 6-0 to cap a perfect three out of three in the recurve women’s section, her fourth individual World Cup gold medal.

Overall, she has nine gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals at the World Cup. “This is the first time I’ve won all three medals in a World Cup. I’m really happy but at the same time, I’ve to continue improving as we have some very, very important competitions lined up,” Deepika had told PTI after her triumphs. Deepika had become only the second Indian woman after Dola Banerjee to grab the numero uno spot in June 2012 after claiming her first individual recurve World Cup gold medal at Antalya, Turkey. She will be the only Indian woman archer representing the country at the Tokyo Olympics next month.


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