Archery World Cup: Atanu Das, Deepika Kumari enter mixed final together, assure medal for India | More sports News

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PARIS: Star archery couple Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari assured India its first medal from the continuing World Cup Stage 3 by coming into the ultimate of the combined pair occasion with a comeback 5-3 win over Spain on Thursday.
Atanu and Deepika, who’re India’s finest medal hope within the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, had been at their finest to make their first remaining collectively the place they may face the Netherlands within the summit conflict on Sunday.
World quantity three Deepika can also be within the hunt for a second medal, having superior to the person semi-final for the second successive time this yr.
The duo, who had been ranked fifth within the qualification to get a primary spherical bye, confronted some stiff competitors within the opening spherical from Spanish pair of Daniel Castro and Ines De Velasco, who had three excellent 10s with two closest to the centre (X) from 4 arrows to take the opening set 38-36.
However the Indian pair upped its tempo with constant taking pictures (9-9-9-10) to convey the match on a good keel with a slender one-point win within the second set.
Each shot 37-37 for a 3-all within the third set earlier than Indian couple confirmed their class to drill three excellent 10s and one 9 to seal the difficulty within the fourth set.
This will probably be their first combined pair remaining collectively as they gear up for the Tokyo Olympics in lower than a month’s time.
“We actually shot very properly. I am very pleased. We wished to win, as a result of I’ve by no means been to the combined group remaining (with Atanu). I actually wished that,” Deepika, who final made an look within the combined pair remaining within the 2016 World Cup, stated after the win.
Speaking about their chemistry, Deepika, who received married to the India primary Atanu in June 2020 after a two-year courtship, stated: “You’ll be able to say we’re a particular group. We have no drawback with communication and understanding one another. However we’re additionally skilled archers.”
The eight-time world champion Deepika has 5 silver and three bronze medals within the combined pair occasion however she is but to win a gold.
Atanu and Deepika began off on a spectacular word with a straight set 6-0 win over twelfth ranked Nice Britain within the spherical of 16. Within the quarters, they received the higher of upper ranked USA by an equivalent 6-0 margin.

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