Calcutta: Indian women’s recurve team stole the show at the World Cup Archery (Stage IV) at Wroclaw, on Sunday when they upset the mighty South Koreans to win the gold medal. This was there second successive gold, following the one at the Medellin meet.
According to information received here, Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Rimil Buriuly stunned world champions Korea 219-215 in a thrilling final. This was India’s lone gold in this leg of the World Cup.
Korea had finished third in Shanghai, first in Antalya, and did not compete in Medellin, as the team of Yun Ok-Hee, Ki Bo Bae, and Joo Hyun Jung had never scored below 222 points in their three elimination matches, against the US, Italy and Russia.
Winners in Stage III at Medellin, the Indian team started as the dark horse at Wroclaw. They had a poor 2-5 head-to-head record against the Koreans.
Both teams, taking the windy conditions into consideration, started out with unusual 7s as they were locked at 163 points each after the third end.
Based on her performances in the four world stages, Deepika finished inside top seven to qualify for the World Cup Finals to be held on September 21 and 22 in Paris.