New Delhi: On Sunday, The Indian women’s recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhagat and Simranjit Kaur claimed a silver medal after losing to the Chinese Taipei trio in a one-sided final in the third leg of the World Cup. India thus ended its campaign in the competition with one gold and two silver medals. Two of these medals were received in the compound category.
The women’s recurve team, who bagged a lowly 13th seed after the trio slipped out of top-30 in their individual qualification rounds, failed to make much of an impact and lost to Chinese Taipei 5-1 (53-56 56-56 53-56) in straight sets. Chinese Taipei’s line-up also included Rio Olympic team bronze medalist Lei Chien Ying, and the third-seeded archer built up the pressure early on, hitting 10 twice and nine on four. At the same time, India made seven shots in the first set which proved to be the turning point.
The Indian trio made a comeback to level the score with a win in the second set but that was not enough. In the next set, the Chinese Pipe archers maintained their consistency and won the gold medal.
However, it was a memorable comeback for world number three Deepika, who won a silver medal after being dropped from the team after the disappointment of the Tokyo Olympics.
But the tournament was all about the dream comeback of compound archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam. Who along with Abhishek Verma led India to a gold (mixed team event) and an individual silver medal on Saturday. The world no. 3 Jyothi too was snubbed in the Asian Games trial earlier this year.