India’s top-ranked woman archer Deepika Kumari Wednesday sealed a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games test event after going down to 18-year-old Korean a San in straight sets here. Olympic Archery followers from all over the world can buy Olympic Archery Tickets online exclusively.
Ranked fourth in the qualification round, Deepika found the going tough against the second seed, which produced fine shooting including a flawless third set to clinch the match 6-0 in her favor.
A double gold medalist at the recently-concluded fourth stage of the World Cup in Berlin, San took the first set narrowly when she piped the Indian by one point. The Korean then won the 2nd set 29-25, before three perfect 10s won 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.
The Indian women’s team is yet to qualify for the next year’s Olympics but Deepika said the exposure will help.
“Recently, I changed my technique. I’m catching up. That’s why the different score, the 25-year-old said. I learned a lot of things from here. I will improve. When I lost the match, I totally forget my shooting. I’ve to work on that.”
We saw the place. Hopefully, we will 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.
The silver medal for Deepika will definitely boost the drooping confidence 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, we targetting Olympic 2020 qualifications through the Asian Championship in Bangkok.
In the semifinal, she thrashed China’s eighth seed Zheng Yichai 6-0, but Deepika was at her best in the quarterfinal against Italy’s Tatiana Andreoli as she bounces back from a 0-4 deficit to win 6-5 in the tiebreaker.
Earlier, Deepika was defeated Lee Shuk Kwan of Hong Kong (6-0) in the first round, before ousting Anastasia Pavlova (6-4) of Ukraine and Sonoda Waka of Japan (6-0).
Deepika’s experienced teammate Laishram Bombayala Devi lost in the second round to Malayasia’s Nur Aliya Ghapar 5-6 in a thrilling tiebreaker that was decided on who shot nearest to the bull’s eye. The third Indian woman challenger Komalika Bari was thrashed by Inna Stepanova 4-6 in the first round.
In the men’s category, India had an ordinary visit with the country’s top-ranked Atanu Das making a second-round exit, losing to Bae Jaehyeon of Korea 4-6. Army pair of Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav lost in their respective first-round matches.
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