Deepika Kumari’s medal dreams over after archery quarter-final defeat to Korea’s An San
Deepika Kumari’s medal dreams over after archery quarter-final defeat to Korea’s An San. Deepika Kumari scripted history at the Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first archer from India to reach the quarter-final stages at the Games. However, she is not going to be happy with that record as the World No. 1 archer returns home empty-handed from her 3rd Olympic campaign.
Deepika misfired four 7s as An, who had broken a 25-year-old Olympic record en route to topping the ranking round, wrapped up the women's individual match 6-0 in less than six minutes. For the three-time Olympian Deepika, this was yet another heartbreaking outing at the Games. Deepika Kumari lost her Women’s Individual quarter-finals to Korea’s sensational An San 0-6. Deepika came up with an ordinary show as she had 4 arrows of 7 against the top seed Korean, who is eyeing her 3rd gold medal at the Tokyo Games. A San, the 20-year-old, has already won the Women’s team and mixed team event in Tokyo.
Earlier in her last-16 match, Deepika held her nerves to pip 2017 world champion Ksenia Perova of the Russian Olympic Committee in a thrilling one-arrow shoot-off to seal a 6-5 (10-7) win. It was a test of Deepika’s character but she proved her mettle, shooting a 10, a day after her husband Atanu Das did so to eliminate Korean great Oh Jin-Hayek and book a place in the Men’s Individual quarter-final.