- Deepika Kumari defeated compatriot Ankita Bhakat 6-0 in the finals of the 21st Archery Asian Championship
- Deepika defeated Vietnam’s Nguyet Do Thi Anh and Ankita defeated Karma of Bhutan in the semi-finals of the tournament
Indian archer Deepika Kumari won gold at the 21st Archery Asian Championship being played in Bangkok on Thursday. She defeated compatriot Ankita Bhakta 6–0 in the women’s individual recurve event. Ankita received a silver medal. Earlier, both of them reached the semi-finals and won the individual Olympic quota for the country.
Deepika defeated Vietnam’s Nguyet Do Thi Anh and Ankita defeated Karma of Bhutan in the semi-finals. This is the second Olympic quota of India in archery. Earlier in the archery, Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Praveen Jadhav of the men’s recurve team had won the quota in the World Championship this year.
‘We hope to win Olympic team quota in World Cup 2020’
Deepika said, “The whole team is very happy. This tournament was very good for all of us. Now we hope that we will also achieve team quota in the World Cup to be held in Berlin next year. “The Archery World Cup 2020 will be played in Berlin, Germany from 21 to 28 June.
Deepika defeated Malaysia’s Noor Asifa Abdul Halil 7-2, Iran’s Zahra Nemati while 6-4 and local Narisara Khunhiranchayo 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals. While Ankita Hong Kong’s Lam Shuk reached the final four by beating Ching Ada 7-1, Vietnam’s Nguyat Thi Phuong 6-0 and Kazakhstan’s Anastasia Bannova 6-4.
Source – danik bhaskar