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Archery: Star couple Atanu and Deepika choose mixed team gold in World Cup stage 3

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File photo of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das.

It was a gold rush for the Indian shooters in stage 3 of the World Cup here on Sunday with star couple Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari, who won the highest medals of the mixed team after the victory of the women’s leotard in an almost perfect Olympic accumulation.

Deepika and Atanu returned from a 0-2 deficit to reduce Sef van den Berg and Gabriela Schloser of the Netherlands 5-3 and bring India a third gold medal of the competition.

This was after the women’s team of Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari lifted the gold medal with a comfortable victory over Mexico, raising the defeat of the lack of Olympic qualification last week.

“The feeling is amazing. For the first time we play together (in the final) and we won together, feel so happy,” Atanu said after their victory.

The couple married after a two-year courtship and will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on June 30.

“We feel that we are made for each other. But we are not basically a couple, and like the other competitors, we motivate, support and support each other,” Atanu said.

Deepika, who previously led the women’s team to a second consecutive World Cup gold medal this year, said: “She feels happy.”

Later in the day she will shoot for a golden hat trick.

So far, India has won three gold medals with team scorer Abhishek Verma, opening the individual event on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, in the replay of the final of the first stage of the World Cup, the trio of world number three Deepika, Ankita and Comalica defeated the fantastic Mexico with 5: 1, without dropping a set.

This was their second consecutive gold medal in the World Cup this year and sixth overall (Shanghai-2011, Medellin-2013, Wroclaw-2013, Wroclaw-2014, Guatemala City-2o21). Deepika was a constant every time.

The trio, who stuttered to win gold against the same opponents in Guatemala City two months ago, were the best, shooting four 10s with one X (closest to center) for a score of 57-57 in the first set.

The impeccable shooting of the Indians put pressure on the Mexican team of London 2012, the silver medalist Aida Roman, Alejandra Valencia and Anna Vazquez. They shot a weak 52 to lose the second set by three points.

Leading 3-1, the Indians had another round of consecutive shooting with 55, but the Mexicans failed to equalize and lost the third set with a thin one point to suffer a second consecutive defeat this year.

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