Deepika Kumari wins gold at World Cup stage event

India’s Deepika Kumari defeated Germany’s Michelle Kroppen 7-3 to clinch the gold medal in the women’s recurve event at the World Cup (Stage III) held at Salt lake in US.

This was deepika’s first gold at the World Cup after a gap of six years. With this win, she further qualified for the circuit final, which will be held later this year. This will be her seventh appearance in the same.

  • Deepika is four-time World Cup final silver medallist.
  • She defeated Germany’s Michelle Kroppen 7-3 to clinch the gold.
  • With this win, she qualified for the circuit final, which will be held later this year.
  • Deepika Kumari is aiming for an Olympic gold.
  • Deepika started archery in 2006, and belongs to Jamshedpur.

Deepika is a four-time World Cup final silver medallist (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), automatically entitled for the Archery World Cup Final in Samsun, Turkey, which will be her seventh competition at the season-ending event.

“I was repeating to myself, ‘just do it the best, this is your time; just enjoy your game and forget about winning or losing and have fun’,” Deepika added. “Do I feel relieved to qualify? Yes and no. I’m not expecting anything, at the moment I’m just enjoying my game, I want to enjoy my game,” said Deepika.

The Indian archer opened the stock with 29 points out of a possible 30 to take a 2-0 lead, before splitting the points with Kroppen in the second round.

But the German archer, making her individual debut in the finals domain, won the third set and leveled the match at 3-3. Deepika then bounced back in the fourth and fifth sets with a 29 and a 27, over Michelle’s pair of 26s, to win the match, with figures 7-3.

India completed their race at the Archery World Cup in Salt Lake with one gold, one silver, and one bronze with Deepika winning the Gold.

Earlier on Saturday, Abhishek Verma had won an individual silver in the Compound category and a bronze in mixed team along with Jyothi Surekha Vennam.

On account of medals, India finished fourth behind USA, Colombia and Chinese Taipei with a gold, silver and bronze each in the last but one stage of the World Cup.

India’s Asian Games-bound archery unit will now move to Berlin for the fourth World Cup in July 16-22.