Changes in my shooting technique paid off: Deepika
New Delhi: On a high after her silver medal-winning effort in the prestigious World Cup final in Paris, ace archer Deepika Kumari says "few changes in her shooting technique" have been paying rich dividends in recent times.
Barely a month before last Sunday`s triumph, the Indian trio of Deepika, Bombayala Devi and Rimil Buriuly had won back-to-back World Cup titles -- beating the formidable South Korea in the women`s recurve team final in Wroclaw, Poland and trouncing China 201-186 to claim the
World Cup Women`s team gold in Medallin, Columbia.
"I have made a few changes in my shooting technique and they are paying off. Next event is the World Championships in Turkey and I am hoping to do well there," the 19-year-old Deepika said.
World No. 3 Deepika said she was working hard and trying to get better with each outing.
"I have been consistent this year and I am trying to get better. Paris was a good experience and everytime I get to learn something new from the Koreans. I am trying to get better with each outing," she said here today.
In Paris on Sunday Deepika settled for her third successive silver after being pipped by Korean Olympic champion Ok-Hee Yun.
Deepika started wonderfully with three perfect 10s and led 3-1 but a shocking time lapse in the third set enabled the Korean rally past the Indian for a 6-4 win in the showpiece annual fixture held after four stages of World Cup.
For Deepika the one in Paris was her second loss to Yun as the Indian once again could not overcome the Korean jinx. In the final of the Shanghai World Cup in May, a judging error by the Ranchi girl had led to a shocking defeat.
Archery Association of India (AAI) President V K Malhotra was all praise for Deepika.
"She has been doing the country proud and we hope she does well in next year`s Asian Games and then the Olympics," Malhotra said.