The team comprising Rimil Buriuly,Laishram Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari were edgy,minutes before the World Cup Stage 4 final against the Olympic Champions Korea. Not only had the wind picked up at the archery range in Wroclaw,Poland,but the daunting task of facing Ok-Hee Yun,Bo Bae Ki and Hye Jin Chang,who won gold at the London Olympics,had the team feeling the nerves.
The last-minute pep talk,however,helped them refocus. We decided that we wont think about who we are playing,that is Korea. Just that we have to remain confident and do our best, Bombayla told The Indian Express on Sunday.
There was hardly anything seperating the two teams in the first three ends,with the score reading 163-163. But the start of the fourth and decisive end took the pressure off India as the first arrow shot by Koreas Ki was a 6. And just like that,it all came together for the Indians with Rimil,Bombayla and Deepika,who was struggling to grip her bow after straining her wrist,rattling the target with four 10s of the last six arrows to win their second successive World Cup gold medal with a total of 219 points to Koreans 215.
The head-to-head before todays contest read 5-2 in Koreas favour.
Its a great feeling to win back-to-back gold medals and to do it in the final against Korea was even better, Bombayla said before heading to the official party thrown by the organisers.
Meanwhile,Deepika made the cut for the World Cup Finals to be held in Paris in September as she finished the World Cup roster ranked third with 45 points. This will be the second year in succession that the 18-year-old would represent India in the tournament. In the last edition held in Tokyo,she had bagged a silver.
This year she won two gold in the team event Stage 3 World Cup in Medellin and Stage 4 a silver medal in the individual and as well as the team event in World Cup Stage 1 in Shanghai and a bronze in the mixed team event in Stage 3 in Medellin,Columbia. Only Top 7 archers are invited for the finals,with the eighth representation coming from the host nation.