India’s top-ranked woman archer Deepika Kumari Wednesday clinched a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games test event after going down to 18-year-old Korean An San in straight sets here.
Ranked fourth in the qualification round, Deepika found the going tough against the second seed, who produced fine shooting including a flawless third set to clinch the match 6-0 in her favour.
A double gold medallist at the recently-concluded fourth stage of the World Cup in Berlin, San took the first set narrowly when she pipped the Indian by one point.
The Korean then won the second set 29-25, before three perfect 10s won her the gold.
“I was doing it perfectly but in the final, I couldn’t really catch up with my shooting,” Deepika said after her loss in the final.
“Recently, I changed my technique. I’m catching up. That’s why the different score,” the 25-year-old said.
“I learnt a lot of things from here. I will improve. When I lose a match, I totally forget my shooting. I’ve to work on that.”
The Indian women’s team are yet to qualify for the next year’s Olympics but Deepika said the exposure will help.
“We saw the place. Hopefully, we qualify for the Olympics if we perform the same,” the former world number one said about the event at the Yumenoshima Archery Field, which is hosting its first international competition ahead of Tokyo Olympics.
This was Deepika’s first individual final in a world event since she won gold at the third stage of the World Cup in Salt Lake City in June, 2018.
The silver medal for Deepika will definitely boost the sagging morale of Indian women’s archery contingent, who missed the Olympic quota places for Tokyo Games.
“I’m improving myself. We don’t have any Olympic medal. We will try our best for next year and hopefully we win the medal. We have to qualify for next year. Our team is confident,” said Deepika, targetting Olympic qualifications through the Asian Championships in Bangkok from November 21-29.