The Indian women’s recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari prevailed over Mexico in a tense shootoff and secured a gold in the World Cup Stage Three in Paris. The trio, which struggled to win against the same opponents in Guatemala City two months back, was at its best, shooting four 10s with one X (closest to the centre) for a 57-57 score in the first set. Deepika, Ankita and Komalika shot 55, 56 and 55 to prevail over Elia Canales, Ines De Velasco and Leyre Fernandez Infante in straight sets.
All three players are from Tata Archery Academy who lost to Colombia in the recently held Olympic Qualifiers, but performed exceptionally well in the World Cup.
Honorable Union Minister of Tribal Affairs and President of archery Association of India, Mr. Arjun Munda congratulated Deepika, Ankita and Komalika on their success. He tweeted two pictures, one – of the trio standing on the first place of the podium and second – of the score board of the trio. He said in the tweet, “It’s a really big achievement and I am extremely proud of them.”