‘Mother’ Deepika returns to winning ways, bags two gold in India’s haul of 14 medals

Baghdad, Feb 25 (PTI) Former world number one archer Deepika Kumari returned to winning ways 14 months after embracing motherhood as she bagged two gold in India’s rich haul of 14 medals at the Asia Cup Leg 1 here on Sunday.

Indian archers dominated the field on the final day, winning all the seven finals. They also won three silver medals.

Overall, India ended with 10 gold medals, three silver and one bronze.

The three-time Olympian, Deepika defeated Simranjeet Kaur 6-2 to pocket the recurve women’s title, her first title since June 2022.

She last won a medal in the World Cup Stage 3 where she had bagged a team silver.

She helped the women’s team overcame Uzbekistan 5-4 (24*-24) in a tight shoot-off finish en route her second gold.

Recurve men’s team and mixed team beat Bangladesh in one-sided finals for two more gold.

While the men’s team won in straight sets 6-0, the mixed pair dropped on set to win 6-2.

Dhiraj Bommadevara clinched the men’s title, defeating his senior Army colleague Tarudeep Rai 7-3.

Prathamesh Jawkar claimed the compound individual title, pipping teammate Kushal Dalal 146-144.

Parneet Kaur prevailed over Fatemeh Hemmati of Iran 138-135 to secure the compound women’s title.

Source: PTI News


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