Deepika close to Archery World Cup gold
Kolkata: Teen sensation Deepika Kumari stunned Wu Hui Ju of Chinese Taipei 6-0 to storm into the Archery World Cup final in Shanghai.
National champion Deepika, who is also the reigning cadet world champion, will play Ki Bo Bae of Korea for the gold medal clash in Stage IV of the event.
This is for the first time that the Jharkhand archer has made it to the final of a world cup and also first Indian woman archer after two-time Olympian Dola Banerjee, who won the Dover World Cup in 2007.
Seeded 13th, Deepika had earlier downed fifth seed American Lorig Khatuna 6-5 in a close quarterfinal women's recurve clash.
Jayanta Talukdar too was on the threshold of making it to the final of the men's individual recurve but could not overcome Lee Chang-Hwan of Korea, losing 2-6 in the semifinals.
The Guwahati-born Tata Steel employee overcame Beijing Olympic Games gold medalist Viktor Ruban of Ukraine 6-4 in the quarter-finals.
Talukdar will be in fray for the bronze medal provided he quells the challenge of Athens Olympic Champion Marco Galiazzo of Italy.
Only three recurve archers, Tarundeep Rai, Rahul Banerjee and Dola Banerjee made the pre-quarterfinals before bowing out.
Rai lostto Kim Woojin of Korea 2-4; Rahul Banerjee fell to Galiazzo 0-4 and Dola lost to Aida Roman of Mexico 3-4.
Mangal Singh Champia lost to Matthew Gary of Australia in the first round 4-2 and L Bombayla Devi and Rimil Buruily also fell in the first round.
In the compound section, National champion C Srither and Chittibomma Jignas both went down in the first round while Ritul Chatterjee and Khuraijam Ratan Singh fell in the second round.
The four women archers in this category were eliminated in the second round.