Indian ace archer Deepika Kumari equalled the world record in woman’s recurve event at Archery World Cup in Shanghai, on Wendesday. The 21-year old from Jharkhand shot 686/720 to equal the world record set by 2012 Olympic champion Ki Bo-Bae of South Korea back in 2015 at the Universiade in Gwangju.
Deepika had already qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after earning silver in the recurve team event alongside Laxmirani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly in 2015 World Archery championships at Copenhagen. Deepika, who earned Padma Sri earlier in the year, had won silver medals in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the individual events at Archery World Cups previously.
Other women archers in the fray, Bombayla Devi Laishram, Laxmi Rani Majhi and Rimil Buriuly finished 34th (645), 45th (638), and 75th (612) respectively in the qualifiers. In the men’s recurve event, Atanu Das, and Jayanta Talukdar scored 671 points each to finish 12th and 13th respectively, while Mangal Singh Champia and Rahul Banerjee finished 20th (669) and 42nd (660) respectively.
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