Indian star archer Deepika Kumari regained her number one position in the Archery World Rankings on Monday after her hat-trick with gold medals at the Archery World Cup Stage 3.
The 27-year-old from Ranchi, who took the top spot in 2012 for the first time, won gold medals on Sunday in three recurve events - the women’s individual, team and mixed pairs.
“This is going to take Deepika to the number one spot in the world rankings on Monday,” World Archery tweeted after Deepika’s gold rush.
Deepika first paired up with Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari to win the women’s recurve team gold with a comfortable victory over Mexico.
She then teamed up with her husband Atanu Das, and the pair improved from a 0-2 deficit to down the Sjef van den Berg and Gabriela Schloesser of the Netherland’s 5-3 for the gold medal.
Archer from Ranchi then defeated the 17th seed Russian player Elena Osipova 6-0, winning a perfect three out of three gold medals in the women’s recurve section.
This was her fourth individual World Cup gold medal. In total, she has nine gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals of the World Cup.
“This is the first time that I have won all three medals at the World Cup. I am very happy, but at the same time, I have to keep improving as we have some very, very important competitions,” said Deepika to PTI after her gold triumphs.
After winning her first personal recurve World Cup gold medal in Antalya, Turkey, in June 2012, Deepika became the 2nd Indian woman to achieve the status of numero uno after Dola Banerjee.
Deepika will be the only Indian female archer to represent the country in the Tokyo Olympics next month.
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