Games glory ultimate for No 1 Deepika

Indian top archer Deepika Kumari has taken her elevation to the World No 1 ranking as a routine happening, saying her focus now is on a podium finish at next month’s Olympic Games in London.

Deepika said from Kolkata that it is a nice feeling to be World No 1, nothing more at this juncture when she is concentrating on winning Olympic medals.  “It feels good to be number one, but right now my team-mates and I are concentrating on the London performance and we are training hard,” said Deepika, who is the first Indian archer to attain the top spot in FITA rankings.

Deepika’s coach Poornima Mahato said that her ward took the breaking news as a matter of fact without any visible celebration. “When I broke the news to her after seeing the latest rankings on World Archery site, Deepika was happy alright, but she did not get overly excited about it. All her focus now is on winning medals in the team as well as in individual events at the Olympics.”    

It is almost a week now that Deepika has ascended to the pinnacle of world archery and she has taken it as another credit in her already impressive CV. “The World Cup win was big but you can’t compare it with the Olympics. It is the ultimate thing for an athlete and so it is to me. The pressure is immense and I am clueless about the conditions at Lord’s. Iheard it’s normally windy there so shooting will be tricky.”

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