India's Star Archer Deepika Kumari Wins Bronze Medal In Archery World Cup Finals

| October 1 , 2018 , 13:47 IST

India's star archer Deepika Kumari displayed some impressive performance to grab a Bronze medal after beating Germany's Lisa Unruh in a one-arrow shoot off in the Archery World Cup finals, held in Samsun on Sunday.

Both the players managed to tie at a score of 5-5 at the end of five sets, which necessitated a shoot-off. Deepika and Lisa both shot 9 but Kumari won bronze because her arrow was closer to the centre.

Deepika, the former World No 1, is a four-time Archery World Cup Finals silver medallist from six editions of the event (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017). This was Kumari’s fifth World Cup Finals podium.

Speaking to media, Deepika Kumari said, "This was for the first time I shot at a big competition like this without a coach. But I’m very happy. The stronger the competition, the better we get, I’m happy for the bronze. I wish I could convert this silver/bronze medals into a gold sometime".

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Shoot-off was tense and Kumari described that she "started panicking" but motivated herself with no coach to look up to.

"Most of the times, I end up losing a shoot-off so I started panicking. I told myself, ‘I will accept whatever be the result. I will just give my best shot. I’m satisfied with the arrow," she said after the thrilling win.

Further, the Indian archer added, "Before the Asian Games, I had dengue fever and then I lost my strength. I could not even draw my bow. After the Asian Games, I took a break of 15 days before coming here".

In his second World Cup Final appearance, Abhishek Verma had clinched a bronze in the men’s compound event Saturday. Abhishek Verma beat Jongho Kim of South Korea 149-147 in men's compound event

In the compound mixed team final, India clinched the silver medal after losing to Turkey.

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