Ace archer Deepika Kumari made India proud after she clinched the gold medal in the women’s recurve event at the World Cup (Stage III) after a gap of six years. Deepika beat Germany’s Michelle Kroppen 7-3 at Salt Lake City Stadium in the US on June 25.
With this win, Deepika, a four-time World Cup final silver-medallist (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), automatically qualified for the Archery World Cup Final to be held in Samsun, Turkey, which will be her seventh appearance at the season-ending event.
“Finally! That’s what I said when I won this gold medal,” she told the official website of World Archery Federation.
Following Deepika’s victory, congratulatory messages poured in from all corners as many celebrities like former cricketer VVS Laxman and former captain of the Indian hockey team Viren Rasquinha took to Twitter to applaud Deepika’s win.
Here are some of the reactions:
Congratulations Deepika Kumari for winning the recurve women’s gold in the Archery US World Cup . Fantastic achievement. pic.twitter.com/7qwWbQbSPu
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 25, 2018
Congrats Deepika Kumari. Brilliant effort to win GOLD at the USA Archery World Cup. She wins individual WC gold after 5 long years. Great job @Media_SAI & TOPS for sending the archers at short notice to USA. They really needed competitive action before the Asian Games @OGQ_India https://t.co/Hei8cgFsDs
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) June 25, 2018
— Raghav (@Im_RaghavVR) June 25, 2018
— Finishing touch (@tanmoy_sports) June 25, 2018
It’s a #GOLD for Deepika Kumari in #HyundaiArcheryWorldCup! Deepika won the finals against Germany’s Michelle Kroppen by 7-3.
A big Congratulations to Deepika! #Archery #ArcheryWorldCup @worldarchery @IndiaSports@Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/y5F8mtLtxP
— Flying Birds (@Flyingbirds18) June 25, 2018
In the medal standings, India finished fourth behind USA, Colombia and Chinese Taipei with a gold, silver and bronze each in the penultimate stage of the World Cup.