Brilliant Deepika claims recurve gold


In the final tussle, the fourth seeded Jharkhand-girl on Sunday shot 115 points to beat Russian Sayana Tsyrempilova who could manage only 109, an Archery Association of India (AAI) release said.

Deepika had a consistent run throughout the tournament as she scored 115 out of a possible 120 in the quarterfinal and then 112 in the semifinal.

Compatriot Sanjay Boro won the bronze in boys’ Cadet Recurve category. Palton Hansda was the first Indian to win a Junior Compound Individual gold in the ninth Youth World Archery Championship in 2006 at Merida, Mexico.

Earlier, seventh seed Boro from Assam beat Antonio Hector Smith of Mexico 110-105 in the third position play-off.

Deepika was unstoppable since beginning of the day’s proceedings.
The first end of three arrows fetched her 29 points and the second end of three earned her 29 again.

Only in third, she shot two 9s and a 10 for 28 points but by then she had secured a comfortable six-point lead.

The 29-member Indian contingent finished their campaign with a gold and two bronze medals, bettering over two silvers the Indians had managed last year at Kundu-Antalya, Turkey.

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