New Delhi: For Deepika Kumari, “old is always gold”, as she came out with flying colours in the just-concluded Archery World Cup Stage IV in Wroclaw, Poland, after a stretch of poor form forced her to change her bow and re-unite with former coach.
The 20-year-old’s decision to move under the tutelage of her childhood coach Dharmender Tiwari and shun the new bow not only helped her regain the lost touch, but also win three medals in the World Cup, including a gold in the women’s recurve team event.
Apart from gold, Deepika also bagged a bronze each in women’s recurve individual event and recurve mixed team pair event along with her partner Jayanta Talukdar. “Of late, I was really struggling with my form. I was World No.1 in 2012 but then moved out of the top-10 rankings.
“The frequent change of coaches did not help either. Then I decided to return to my childhood coach Dharmender Sir, who knows everything about my game. I also started to use my old bow instead of the new one,” the ace archer said on the sidelines of a felicitation, here, on Tuesday.
“Dharmender Sir was the chief coach of Tata Academy, so he was hardly associated with the national teams on abroad tours.
“He got a chance to be with the national team in the World Cup and he will be with us in the Asian Games also.”
In Wroclaw, Indian men’s recurve team had to settle for silver after losing to Mexico 3-5 in the final. Besides, India’s compound mixed pair — Abhishek Verma and Puvasha Shende — also clinched a silver medal.
Having been there earlier, Deepika definitely wants to rule the world once again, but her present focus is the Asian Games in Incheon, starting next month. “It happens in game. It happens in every athlete’s career.
“I am presently world no. 14 and obviously, want to be the No. 1 again. But all my focus now is on the Asian Games,” she said.