Deepika strikes gold, Ankita wins silver in Asian archery


BANGKOK: The seasoned Deepika Kumari struck gold, while Ankita Bhakat bagged silver after securing India an Olympic quota space on the Continental Qualification Tournament held on the sidelines of the 21st Asian Championships on Thursday.

Three individual locations had been up for grabs from the qualifications and Indian archers, who are competing without a flag as a result of the nationwide federation’s suspension, made a mountainous commentary with high seed Deepika and sixth seed Ankita’s stellar define.

Coming into the brackets because the no 1 ranked woman, Deepika set up apart up a flawless define to defeat Nur Afisa Abdul Halil of Malaysia 7-2, Zahra Nemati (Iran) 6-4 and local girl Narisara Khunhiranchaiyo 6-2 to raze the closing four, thereby securing an Olympic quota.

“We had been a puny bit bit apprehensive earlier in the day… There used to be too worthy wind also. I appropriate targeting my breathing and urged myself ‘appropriate attain it’. I’m feeling ethical like minded now,” Deepika talked about.

It used to be sooner than the closing round in opposition to the local challenger Narisara, Deepika promised her fiance and teammate Atanu to shoot a 28 but Deepika did one better by hitting two excellent 10s and one 9 to seal the problem.

“We wanted to present our finest. Also I promised (mixed crew associate and fiance) Atanu that I will shoot 28. He urged me shuffle and shoot. He understands my mind too and it grew to turn into out nicely,” she talked about.

“Now we hope to qualify a crew berth from the Berlin stage of the World Cup subsequent 300 and sixty five days,” she added.

Later in the day, Deepika stormed into the closing with one other one-sided 6-2 take over Nguyet.

Ankita, on the opposite hand, defeated Lam Shuk Ching Ada of Hong Kong 7-1, Nguyen Thi Phuong of Vietnam 6-0 and Anastassiya Bannova (Kazhakstan) 6-4 and Karma of Bhutan 6-2 to raze it an all-Indian closing.

The Indian trio of Deepika, Ankita and Laishram Bombayala Devi competed under a neutral flag as a result of the scorching suspension of the Archery Affiliation of India (AAI), which is in administrative turmoil like minded now.

India now private a crew qualification in the males’s part and a individual quota in the females’s tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Deepika, Ankita and Laishram Bombayala Devi competed under a neutral flag.

It is India’s second Olympic quota space in archery after the males’s recurve crew of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav had secured the predominant in the World Championships earlier this 300 and sixty five days.

The Berlin stage of the 2020 World Cup is the closing qualifying tournament in archery.

“The entire crew is terribly elated as a minimal we won one quota. This tournament has been very ethical define for us,” she talked about, referring to their rich medal haul of 1 gold, two silver and four bronze medals in the Asian Archery Championships that concluded on Wednesday.

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