Promising Deepika Kumari was done in by some sheer class of more experienced opponents as she settled for two silver medals, including one with Jayanta Talukdar, to help India finish fourth in the Archery World Cup Stage 1 that concluded in Shanghai on Sunday.
Pitted against Ok-Hee Yun, a team Olympic champion and individual bronze medallist in Beijing 2008, Deepika took a 4-2 lead but the Korean showed amazing resilience to win successive games and seal the issue 6-4 for her third World Cup gold in Shanghai after 2006 and 2009.
In the recurve mixed team final, the US duo of Brady Ellison and Khatuna Lorig outplayed Talukdar and Deepika 154-146, as India ended their campaign with two silver and one bronze (women’s compound team).
In the recurve women’s individual final, Deepika outscored her opponent 29-27 to win the first set.
But Yun came back in the second set to make it 2-2.
Deepika took the lead again in the third set (4-2). The Korean put her expertise into use as she bounced back to equalise 4-4. In the final end, Yun shot 9-8, opening the door for Deepika but the Indian archer concluded 9-9-8.
Needing a perfect 10, Yun showed nerves of steel to shatter Deepika’s hope for a second World Cup gold after Antalya 2012.
In the mixed recurve section, Ellison shot only 10s over the first two ends, while Deepika suffered two 7s as India trailed 69-76 at the halfway mark.
The US duo increased its lead to 8 points before the last four arrows.
Both teams concluded with four 10s as the US won the gold by a comfortable margin.