Golden glow for archery couple; India wins 4 medals | More sports news

KOLKATA: The husband-wife duo of Atanu Das and Deepika kumari (pictured) produced the best show ever for India at individual events of the Archery World Cup, both World Cup gold medalists Los Arcos Sports Complex Sunday in Guatemala City.
The Indian archers were lined up for four medals on the last day of competition and they collected everything, in different colors, to make it a super Sunday. Deepika notched her first gold when she teamed up with Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari to take the lead over Mexico in the recurve women’s team top clash with India winning 5-4.
Her husband followed that up an hour later with a bronze medal in the mixed team event. The duo of Atanu and Ankita Bhakat humiliated their American counterparts 6-2. In the individual event, former world number one Deepika, third seed, claimed her third career stage victory, winning in an intense play-off to overtake eighth seed from the United States, Mackenzie Brown, 6-5 in the final. Earlier in the semifinals, she beat Mexican Alejandra Valencia 7-3.

Deepika allowed her rival to come back after getting off to a smooth start, taking a 3-1 lead after two sets. But the pressure was back on the Indian when Brown won the third and fourth sets which saw Deepika enter the fifth and final set 3-5. The two-time Olympian, however, held her nerves to win and bring the game to the tiebreaker. Shooting first, the archer of Jharkhand shot a nine. Brown matched that, but the Indian prevailed as her arrow was closer to the center. “The hardest part was the sound of the heartbeat, which made me very nervous,” Deepika summed up well.
However, a little later she reportedly got her heart in her mouth watching her husband drag 2-4 after three sets in the final against Spaniard Daniel Castro. However, Atanu ended things on a high note by winning the next two sets to seal the tie 6-4. “It’s a big boost for me,” said Atanu after winning his first individual medal at the World Championship.


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