Indian archery’s star couple Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das led the present with two particular person gold medals as the nation capped its finest ever efficiency in a World Cup, claiming three golds and a bronze within the event’s first stage.
Former world primary Deepika claimed her profession’s third particular person World Cup gold so as to add to the group’s triumph, whereas her husband Das grabbed his first ever World Cup particular person medal in model profitable the lads’s recurve particular person ultimate.
The two at the moment are robotically certified for this season’s most-coveted Archery World Cup Final.
“We travel together, train together, compete together and win together,” Das, who acquired married to Deepika in June final 12 months after a two-year courtship, mentioned after claiming the gold medal on Sunday.
“She knows what I like, and I know what she likes.”
This was the perfect ever World Cup finish by India’s recurve archers with two particular person and one group gold medals of their return to the highest International calendar 12 months occasion after virtually two years.
Also, this was India’s finest ever particular person recurve males’s end result since Jayanta Talukdar triumphed in Croatia method again in 2009.
India began with the ladies’s trio of Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari profitable the primary group gold after seven years. They scripted a shocking turnaround to down fancied Mexico 5-4 (27-26) in an intriguing shoot-off.
The efficiency rubbed off on the combined pair of Das and Bhakat as they bagged a bronze, upsetting high seeds USA 6-2 with yet one more fightback at the Sports Complex Los Arcos right here.
But the icing on the cake got here within the particular person occasions later within the day Deepika and Das bagged two particular person golds of their respective occasions.
Former world primary Deepika, who was seeded third, stayed calm in an intense shoot-off to edge out USA’s eighth seed Mackenzie Brown 6-5 (9-9) by hitting nearer to the centre. In the semi-final she had defeated her Mexican rival Alejandra Valencia 7-3.
This was Deepika’s third profession stage win and first since Salt Lake City 2018.
World quantity six Deepika was 3-1 up after two units however noticed that lead vanish after Brown evened the match with a 29 within the third and a 28 within the fourth.
The two-time Olympian, nonetheless, held her floor within the fifth, capturing a 29 and displaying the type of resilience she’s oft been accused of missing.
“The most difficult part was the heart beat sound, which made me really nervous,” she mentioned, mimicking it for emphasis.
“It’s been a long time since I shot in the finals,” she mentioned. “It feels great and, at the same time, I’m happy and nervous. It gives me confidence and pushes me to give better performances.”
But the perfect present got here from her husband Das when he outclassed Spanish World Cup debutant Daniel Castro 6-4. Das’ earlier finest within the particular person part has been a fourth place finish in Antalya 2016 the place he misplaced to Kim Woojin within the bronze playoff.
Trailing after three units within the ultimate towards Castro, Das flicked a change.
He closed with a 29 and a 30 — capturing his final 10 earlier than his opponent had completed, placing the match out of attain and sealed the difficulty with a punch within the air.
“It feels amazing. It’s like dreams are coming true. I have worked for so many years and now this is paying off. This is my first title and I’m very happy,” Das mentioned.
On his good final set to take gold, he mentioned, “I just gave my best and was present. I didn’t think about the future or the past, just present.”
“It’s beautiful. It’s a big boost for me ahead of the Olympics. I’m working in the right way,” Das, who shall be capturing in his second Olympics at Tokyo, signed off.