Deepika Kumari topped the qualification round in the women's recurve section of the Archery World Cup Stage 2 being held in Antalya, Turkey. Kumari’s performance encourages medal hopes for India at the prestigious event, as she will begin her campaign from the round of 32.
Having endured a disappointing quarter-final exit at the World Cup Stage I in Shanghai, Kumari showed why she's a former world no.1 by making amends in the second stage. Kumari was back to her consistent best as she shot 34 perfect 10s to total 672, to take the top spot in the qualification round. The total was five points more than Taipei's Peng Chia-Mao who finished second. The performance is guaranteed to do Kumari's confidence a world of good going into the next round.
However, apart from Kumari’s exceptional display, it was a disappointing day for India at the event as Deepika's teammates Monika Saren and Preeti finished 31st and 45th respectively as the team ranked fifth in the draw of 16. Meanwhile, in the men’s recurve category, Dhaniram Basumatary finished highest at seventh with 667 points, two points ahead of Olympian Atanu Das who finished 13th. Finally, the third Indian Indrachand Swami finished 25th as the team bagged the third place in the qualification ranking.
India or West Indies? Who will win?
WI hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over IND historically but in last 10 completed games between them , IND have won 7. IND has also won all last 5 games at this venue.