Archer duo Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari shine out at the Archery World Cup; India wins 4 medals

On Sunday, the husband and wife won gold medals in the World Cup Stage I at Sports Complex Los Arcos in Guatemala City. On the last day, the Indian archers were lined up for four medals and they picked up all, in different hues.

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Indian archer duo Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari showcased an extraordinary game in the individual events of the archery World Cup. On Sunday, the husband and wife won gold medals in the World Cup Stage I at Sports Complex Los Arcos in Guatemala City. On the last day, the Indian archers were lined up for four medals and they picked up all, in different hues.

Deepika bagged first gold when she teamed up with Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari against Mexico in the women’s recurve team summit clash, India won by 5-4. While her husband grabbed a bronze medal in the mixed team event. The duo of Atanu and Ankita Bhakat overcame their US matches by 6-2. In the individual event, former world number one Deepika won her third career-stage victory commanding an intense shoot-off to edge out USA’s Mackenzie Brown by 6-5 in the final. In the semifinal, she beat Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia.

However, Brown was seen taking a 3-1 lead after two sets. Brown won the third and fourth sets that saw Deepika opening the fifth and final set 3-5 down. The two-time Olympian held her nerves to win and took the match to the tie-breaker. The Jharkhand archer shot a nine at the first. Brown matched that but India commanded as Deepika's arrow was nearer to the centre. She summed up the match nicely. Later she watched her husband trail 2-4 after three sets in the finals against Spain’s Daniel Castro. Atanu won two sets to seal the tie 6-4.

The official handle of Sports Authority of India took to their Twitter profile to congratulate the couple. "#TOPSAthlete @ImDeepikaK won her 3rd World Cup gold medal and 12th overall in women’s individual recurve at the Archery World Cup in Guatemala. @ArcherAtanusecured the gold medal in men’s individual recurve to win his 1st ever WC medal in the individual category. #Archery"