Archery World Cup: Star Couple Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari grab gold in the build-up to Tokyo Olympics- Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari, who recently got married to each other, won individual gold medals at the ongoing Archery World Cup stage 1 on Sunday recurve men and women’s events respectively. Das and Deepika qualified for the Archery World Cup final after their wins.
Deepika thrashed Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia by 7-3 to achieve her third individual WC gold. On the other hand, Das out powered Spanish WC Debutant Daniel Castro 6-4.
“We travel together, train together, compete together and win together. She knows what I like, and I know what she likes,” Das said.
India won two individual gold medals and one team gold medal. After making a return to the international circuit this is India’s revue archers’ best World Cup finish.
Also, this was India’s best-ever individual recurve men’s result since Jayanta Talukdar triumphed in Croatia way back in 2009.
“It’s been a long time since I shot in the finals, she said. It feels great and, at the same time, I’m happy and nervous. It gives me confidence and pushes me to give better performances,” Former world number one Deepika said.
India started off with the women’s team of Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari winning the first-team gold after seven years when they scripted a stunning turnaround to down fancied Mexico 5-4 (27-26) in an intriguing shoot-off.
The performance rubbed off on the mixed pair duo of Das and Ankita Bhakat as they bagged a mixed pair bronze, upsetting top seed USA 6-2 with yet another fightback at the Sports Complex Los Arcos here.
But the real icing on the cake came in the individual events later in the day when the country’s top archery couple ‘Dee-Das’ bagged two individual golds in their respective events.