Deepika bags bronze for India in Indoor Archery World Cup

India returned with a solitary bronze medal by Deepika Kumari at the Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 2 that concluded on 03 December 2017. Deepika, seeded third, defeated 13th seeded Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia 7-3 in the women’s recurve bronze play-off to bring some smile to the camp after the men’s top seed Atanu Das crashed out in round two.

It was a disappointing end to their campaign, close on the heels of the overwhelming success at the Asian Championship in Dhaka, where they bagged a rich haul of nine medals three gold, four silver and two bronze. But Korean second seed Kim Surin shattered the former world number one’s gold medal dream with a thrilling 6-5 win in the shoot-off (10-9) and Deepika had to settle for third place.

Das, who topped the qualifications, could not replicate that when it mattered most, making a round two exit with a 3-7 loss to the 16th seed and eventual silver medallist Matteo Fissore of Italy. In an all-Indian first round clash 12th seeded Jayanta Talukdar beat Rahul Banerjee 7-3, but lost 2-6 in the very next round to the fifth seeded Kim Joo Wan of Korea.

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