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Archer Deepika Kumari to become world No. 1 after winning gold at WC

Published: 28th Jun 2021 12:30 pm

Paris: Archer Deepika Kumar will become the world number one when World Archery unveils its latest ranking on Monday.

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India’s ace archer Deepika Kumari completed her hat-trick of gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Paris on Sunday as she won the Recurve individual event by 6-0.

“This is going to take Deepika to the number one spot in the world rankings on Monday,” read a tweet by the official handle of World Archery.

Deepika Kumari defeated the Russian, Elena Osipova by 6-0 in a thumping manner. This is Deepika’s second individual World Cup Gold medal of 2021 and the third gold of the day as she had earlier won gold in the women’s team and mixed team event as well on Sunday.

“I am happy, but at the same time, I have to continue my performance like this. I want to improve that, because the upcoming tournament is very, very important to us. I am trying my best to continue learning whatever I can,” the official website of World Archery quoted Kumari as saying.

Earlier the husband-wife duo of Deepika and Atanu clinched their first World Cup gold medal as a pair after defeating the Dutch pair of Gabriela Schloesser and Sjef Van Den Berg by 5-3 after a set down.

At the start of the day, India women’s recurve team comprising of Deepika Kumari, Komalika Bari, and Ankita Bhakat bagged a gold medal at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in the French capital.

The team defeated Mexico 5-1 in the finals. The upcoming tournament, of course, is the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which are less than a month away.

Kumari will represent India as the lone female archer in Japan, joining a full men’s team as they strive to win the country’s first archery medal at the world’s biggest sporting event.

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