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Deepika Kumari bags silver in Tokyo Olympics test event

Creditable show: Deepika found the going tough against the second seed and managed a silver. File

Creditable show: Deepika found the going tough against the second seed and managed a silver. File   | Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout

India’s top-ranked woman archer Deepika Kumari Wednesday clinched a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics test event afterlosing to 18-year-old Korean An San in straight sets here.

Ranked fourth in the qualification round, Deepika found the going tough against the second seed, who produced fine shooting including a flawless third set to clinch the match 6-0 in her favour.

A double gold medallist at the recently-concluded fourth stage of the World Cup in Berlin, San took the first set narrowly when she pipped the Indian by one point.

The Korean then won won the second set 29-25, before three perfect 10s won her the gold.

The Indian women’s team is yet to qualify for the next year’s Olympics but Deepika said the exposure will help.

This was Deepika’s first individual final in a world event since she won a gold at the third stage of the World Cup in Salt Lake City in June, 2018.

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

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).

Bombayala loses

Laishram Bombayala Devi lost in the second round to Malayasia’s Nur Aliya Ghapar 5-6 in a thrilling tiebreaker that was decided on who shot nearest to the bull’s eye.

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