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Deepika Kumari leads India's gold show in archery World Cup

New Delhi: Deepika Kumari-led women archers clinched the recurve team gold after routing Mexico 6-0 in the final as India returned with five medals in the Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland yesterday.

Indian archer Deepika Kumari during the 2012 London Olympics. Pic/AFP
Indian archer Deepika Kumari during the 2012 London Olympics. Pic/AFP 

Deepika herself won three medals yesterday as she also bagged a bronze each in the recurve women's individual event and recurve mixed team pair event with her partner Jayanta Talukdar.

The men's recurve team settled for a silver after losing to Mexico 3-5 in the final yesterday. The Indian compound mixed pair of Abhishek Verma and Puvasha Shende had clinched a silver medal last night.

In the women's recurve team event, the second seeded India women's trio of Deepika, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi routed Mexico 6-0 without surrendering a single set point.

Deepika shot three of the Indian team's five 10s. "The match was not too difficult. Hopefully we can do the same at the Asian Games," said Deepika.

"This event has already raised our confidence. We have had a difficult season, but the hard work we have put in ahead of Incheon is starting to pay off."

The Indian trio had earlier trounced their opponents from Georgia 6-2 in the semi-finals. In the men's recurve team final, however, the Indian trio of Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar and Atanu Das lost to Mexico 3-5. Mexico took a 2-0 lead and never looked back.

India trailed 2-4 in the fourth set with Mexico's anchor archer Juan Rene Serrano only needing a red to seal the match. The only right-handed archer in Mexico's team, Juan Rene shot last and perfectly in the trio's rotation.

In the women's recurve individual event, Deepika beat Tatiana Segina of Russia 6-2 in the bronze-medal match. Deepika then partnered Talukdar in the recurve mixed team pair event and thrashed their Belarus opponents 6-0 in the bronze-medal match yesterday.

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