Former world no. 1 Deepika Kumari underlined her return to form by clinching the individual bronze medal in women’s recurve archery at the second stage of the Archery World Cup, in Antalya, on Sunday. In the bronze medal play-off, the Indian archer stunned the eighth-ranked Korean Chang Hye Jin 6-2 (26-25, 29-26, 26-28, 28-27). This is Deepika’s first World Cup individual medal since her bronze medal win at the Wroclaw leg last year.
The gold medal went to Korean Choi Misun who defeated compatriot and the reigning Olympic gold medallist Ki Bo Bae 6-2 (29-27, 28-27, 28-29, 29-28).
This is India’s second consecutive World Cup medal this year. At the first leg in Shanghai, the Indian men’s compound team had captured the bronze medal.
Deepika Kumari: Only Indian to reach the medal rounds
Deepika Kumari, who was denied a place in the final by Ki Bo Bae, was the only Indian archer to reach the medal rounds at the Antalya World Cup. Asian Games gold medallist Abhishek Verma was the other Indian who made it to the quarters of the individual event in men’s compound archery.
In the team competition, the men’s recurve team and the women’s compound team exited in the quarter-finals.