Indian women’s archery team storms into World Cup finals
This is the possible Olympic year and the Indian archery team is already gearing up for the mega event despite all the controversies around it. On Friday, their talent was on display as the women’s team stormed into the finals of the Archery World Cup.
With this, the team has ensured itself of the very first medal in Stage one. The seat was confirmed by the top ranked Indian players–Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari. The top seeded trip got the better of the Spaniards in six straight sets.
The Indian side was consistent with its shots and took a comfortable lead by 6-0 and booked their places for the gold medal clash against the tough competitors–Mexico. The match against Mexico is scheduled for Sunday.
Deepika and Komalika scored 55 in their respective turns while Ankita scored 56. They prevailed over the experienced trio of Elia Canalas, Ines De Velasco and Leyre Fernandes in straight sets. The tournament was being held at the sports complex Los Arcos, where earlier during the day, the Indian contingent had defeated Guatemala City in similar fashion.
Men’s team, however, had to suffer at the hands of the Spaniards. The men’s team had qualified for the event as the third seeded by losing against Spain in the quarterfinals. Both the teams were tied and then the match went into shoot-off where the Indian lacked behind 26-27.
There are three other events in the tournament. Arguably India’s best archer, Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das will be playing bronze playoff as mixed double pair. The duo have recently tied the knot in a closed gathering. As for the individual event, both of them have made the cut for recurve semifinals in their respective sections.
The duo had earlier confirmed tehor spots for the Tokyo contingent, which is gearing up for the largest sporting event since the pandemic came into the picture.