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Deepika rues lost chance

Jamshedpur: Archer Deepika Kumari on Tuesday said she could have won the gold instead of a silver in the recently concluded World Cup had she not misjudged the weather conditions while shooting the last arrow.

Deepika came close to winning the World Cup final but went down to Olympic double gold medallist Bo Bae Ki to settle for a silver in the recurve women’s individual event in Tokyo on Sunday.

“It was my fault… I had to make a judgement in respect to all aspects of the competition including weather conditions and wind speed. But I misjudged the conditions before shooting the last arrow… And I lost by two points,” Deepika, who was felicitated by the Tata Steel on her return to Jamshedpur, said on Tuesday. “It was raining since morning and it was hard to shoot in the rains,” she said.

However, she added that it was no excuse as the weather conditions was same for her rival as well. Asked how she felt after winning the silver following her dismal performance in the London Olympics in July, the second ranked archer said she went with a relaxed frame of mind and was determined to give her best.

Deepika said she learnt from the silly mistakes she had committed in London and reiterated her demand for appointing a psychologist to improve the players’ confidence. “Unlike in Olympics, the expectations to win a medal was not there in Japan,” Deepika said.

The Commonwealth Games double gold medallist said it was the second time that she lost to Bo Bae Ki in the World Cup final after her defeat in China last year.

Regarding her next championship, Deepika said she would now focus on the Senior National Championship to be held in Chennai in the last week of December.