Archer Deepika Kumari bags silver in Tokyo Olympics test event


Tokyo: Indian archer Deepika Kumari on Wednesday clinched a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics test event.

She lost to 18-year-old Korean An San in straight sets. An San produced fine shooting including a flawless third set to clinch the match 6-0 in her favour.

The Indian women’s team though are yet to make the cut for next year’s Olympics but Deepika said the exposure will help.

In the semi-final, Deepika eased past China’s Zheng Yichai 6-0. San took the first set narrowly when she pipped the Indian by one point. The Korean then won the second set 29-25, before three perfect 10s won her the gold.

The silver medal for Deepika will definitely boost the sagging morale of Indian women’s archery contingent, who missed the Olympic quota places for Tokyo Games.

In the semifinal, Deepika thrashed China’s Zheng Yichai 6-0, but she was at her best in the quarterfinal against Italy’s Tatiana Andreoli as she bounced back from a 0-4 deficit to win 6-5 in the tiebreaker.

Earlier, Deepika defeated Lee Shuk Kwan of Hong Kong (6-0) in the first round, before ousting Anastasia Pavlova (6-4) of Ukraine and Sonoda Waka of Japan (6-0).

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