Deepika Kumari-led women archers clinched the recurve team gold after routing Mexico 6-0 in the final as India returned with five medals in the Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland on Sunday.
Deepika herself won three medals as she also bagged a bronze each in recurve women’s individual event and recurve mixed team pair event with her partner Jayanta Talukdar.
The men’s recurve team settled for a silver after losing to Mexico 3-5 in the final.
The Indian compound mixed pair of Abhishek Verma and Puvasha Shende had clinched a silver medal last night.
In the women’s recurve team event, the second seeded India women’s trio of Deepika, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi routed Mexico 6-0 without surrendering a single set point.
Deepika herself shot three of the Indian team’s five 10s.
“The match was not too difficult. Hopefully we can do the same at the Asian Games,” said Deepika.
“This event has already raised our confidence. We have had a difficult season, but the hard work we have put in ahead of Incheon is starting to pay off.”
The Indian trio had earlier trounced their opponents from Georgia 6-2 in the semifinals.
In the men’s recurve team final, however, the Indian tri of Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar and Atanu Das lost to Mexico 3-5.
Mexico took a 2-0 lead and never looked back. India trailed 2-4 in the fourth set with Mexico’s anchor archer Juan Rene Serrano only needing a red to seal the match.
The only right-handed archer in Mexico’s team, Juan Rene shot last in the trio’s rotation and he did not make any mistake.
It was the second World Cup stage team gold for Mexico.
The other was won at Medellin last year.
In the women’s recurve individual event, Deepika beat Tatiana Segina of Russia 6-2 in the bronze-medal match.
Deepika then partnered Talukdar in the recurve mixed team pair event and thrashed their Belarus opponents 6-0 in the bronze-medal match on Saturday.
Earlier, the Indian compound mixed pair of Abhishek Verma and Puvasha Shende also clinched a silver medal. The third seed Indian duo lost to the World No. 1 US pair of Braden Gellenthien and Crystal Gauvin 151-155 in an intense final Friday night.
Both the teams shot 38 each in the first end but the US gained a one point lead with India shooting 37 in the second.
The world No 1 remained steady to log 40 and 39 points compared to 39 and 37 by the Indians to seal the gold medal.
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