Archery World Cup Stage IV
Shanghai, China, Sept, 2011
Deepika Kumari stars in Indian women's recurve show; first ever silver for men's compound team
As the Indian recurve men faded out of picture like a lengthening shadow, the women recurve archers emerged bigger and stronger to pick up the team gold and an individual bronze at the World Cup (Stage IV) at Shanghai. For the first time in the history of India's World Cup campaign, the Indian compound men's team did so well to win a silver medal.
The Indian women's threesome of Deepika Kumari, Chekrovolu Swuro and Laishram Bombayla Devi made every post a winning one. The trio annihilated the Italians in the finale.
Deepika, ranked No. 2 after the qualification round, was tipped to be in the final but fell to a vastly experienced French woman Berengere Schuh in the semifinals that too in the one arrow shoot-off. Both tied the set score at 5-5 before Schuh sealed the victory with a 10 as against Deepika's 9.
The Indian was in her element in the bronze medal play-off against Erwina Safitri of Indonesia winning the tie 6-4.
The rise of Indian compound team, comprising Ch. Jignas, C. Srither and Kh. Ratan Singh, to win the silver medal in a World Cup event speaks very highly about the progress the compound archery has made in India.
That the team lost to ultimate World Champion, the USA, in the final has not disgraced the Indian archers' one bit. The women too won silver in the previous edition means compound archery is here to stay in India.