Is it just the conditions or the sheer pressure of the ultimate stage? Be it anything, World No.1 and India’s medal hope Deepika Kumari could not do what she wanted to do. She disappoints the whole India as she losses in the women’s individual archery against An San in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
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Deepika Kumari’s long time medal quest continues as she was defeated by An San by a whooping 6-0 margin in the quarter-finals. Therefore, this makes Atanu Das, her husband only hope for medal in archery.
An San won the first set with three 10s. Meanwhile Deepika could only hit 10, 10, 7. It is to be noted that the conditions were less windy than Deepika’s match in pre-quarterfinals.
However, Deepika Kumari again was left behind by An San’s 10,9,7. Kumari could only hit 10,7,7 in the second set. With a 2-0 up in the game, An San was looking confident.
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In the third set, Kumari hit 24 with a 7,8,9. In reply, An San hit 26 with 8,9,9 to seal the match. Therefore, confirms a medal for South Korea.
A third-time Olympian Deepika Kumari was India’s biggest hope in the Archery. She has been prolific in the World Champions. Moreover, she is currently ranked the World No.1 archer in the world. Thus, this defeat hurts India’s medal hopes more than anything.
Deepika’s Tokyo Olympics journey is over now with this loss. She has been already eliminated from the mixed Archery events. Perhaps, it was South Korea who defeated Deepika and Jadav’s pair in the mixed archery event.