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Archery World Cup: Indian women’s recurve team creates history, targets gold medal

Indian women’s recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhagat and Komolika Bari won the gold medal in the third leg of the World Cup with a comfortable win over Mexico. The team had missed out on Olympic qualification last week and with this gold medal, it tried to quell the disappointment. World number three archers Dipika, Ankita and Komolika had also secured the first position after defeating Mexico in the final of the first leg of the World Cup. He won the gold medal in this third leg as well by beating Mexico 5-1 and did not lose a set during this period. This year it is his second consecutive World Cup and sixth overall (Shanghai 2011, Medellin 2013, Roclaw 2013, Roclaw 2014, Guatemala City 2021) gold medal. Every time Deepika was included in the team. The performance of the Indian team was excellent, with the score being 57-57 in the first set. But in the second set, the Indian team put pressure on the Mexican team which included London 2012 silver medalists Aida Roman, Alejandra Valencia and Anna Vazquez. In the second set, Mexico’s team trailed by three points after scoring 52 points.

The Indian team was ahead 3-1 and scored 55 points in the third set as well, but Mexico’s team could not match and lost the third set by one point. In this way, he had to face the second consecutive defeat this year. Earlier on Saturday, Abhishek Verma gave India a gold medal in the compound individual event.