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World Cup Finals: Silver
The Times of India, October 27, 2015
It was heartbreak for DeepikaKumari who once again failed to win gold in the World Cup Finals. India's ace recurve archer went down 2-6 (28-28, 26-29, 27 29, 29-29) to Korea's Choi Misun in the final in Mexico City to settle for her fourth silver medal in five years at the World Cup Finals. In the final, sixth-seeded Deepika began well and the first set ended in a tie with both archers securing 28 points. Choi then opened up a sizeable lead as she won the next two sets by hitting 29 points each to go 5-1 up. Deepika managed 26 and 27 in those two sets.
In the final set, the 21-year old Indian split points (29-29) to lose 2-6. While both archers hit one bullseye each, Deepika could hit only four 10s compared to Choi's six. Deepika was tested by Japan's Kaori Kawanaka and Le Chien Ying of Chinese Taipei in thequarters and semis, respectively , before winning both contests by identical 6-4 margins. “I wish I had won gold here... It's something that doesn't seem to happen to me,“ the archer from Jamshedpur lamented after another missed chance. “My arrows went up. I tried to fix my sight but nothing worked,“Deepika said of on her performance in the final. Deepika, who did not qualify for the World Cup Finals in 2014, and made the cut in 2015 on the back of a bronze-medal winning show at World Cup Stage II, that gave her a total of 24 points, had finished runner-up at Finals held in Istanbul (2011), Tokyo (2012) and Paris (2013).
2016: Archery World Cup
The Times of India, Apr 28 2016
Deepika equals world record
Indian archer DeepikaKumari equalled the world record in women's recurve event at the Archery World Cup, 2016.
The former world No. 1 and winner of two Commonwealth Games gold medals shot 686 in the 72-arrow ranking round to equal the feat of London Olympics gold-medallist Ki Bo Bae of Korea. The top seed Deepika will now play Round Three of Last 32 directly, while her teammate LaxmiraniMajhi, who ranked a poor 45, and RimilBuriuly (75) will start from Round One. The women's team is ranked fourth. Deepika set the range ablaze shooting 346 in the first half and needed just 341to get past the Korean but two 9s in the last end meant the 2015 record remained intact. Deepika's effort also enabled India to get a top ranking in mixed pair as she partnered 12th ranked Atanu Das (671points) to defeat Turkey 5-3 in the first round of eight.
2016, an analysis
The Times of IndiaDec 25 2016
It's tough to imagine that a person who shot arrows off bows made of homemade bamboo till the age of 11, would be India's biggest medal hope at the Olympics, but expectations placed on the 22-year-old Deepika were high.
The Ranchi girl, who was up against Chinese Taipei's world No. 2 Tan Ya-Ting in the Rio Olympics, capitulated in the pre-quarterfinal clash losing 6-0 in straight sets.Though she put up a better show than in London, it served as little consolation as fellow archer Bombayla Devi also got trumped by Mexico's Alejandra Valencia. Deepika also had a disappointing campaign in the Shanghai World Cup in 2016.