Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Indian shooters on their “amazing” show at the World Archery Cup in Paris. Modi said the shooters’ performances will inspire young people in the field of archery.
“Over the last few days, we have witnessed incredible performances by our World Cup scorers. Congratulations to @ImDeepikaK, Ankita Bhakat, Komalika Bari, Atanu Das and @archer_abhishek on their success, which will inspire future talent in this field,” Modi tweeted.
Deepika Kumari on Sunday collected three gold medals in stage 3 of the World Cup, an unprecedented scale for the country ahead of the long-awaited Olympics in Tokyo.
Deepika beat Russia’s Elena Osipova 6-0 in the final of the women’s individual river race to finish a hat-trick with gold medals in one day.
In the mixed final, Deepika and her husband, Atanu Das, India’s best hope for archery at the Olympics, lost 0-2 to beat Dutchmen Sef van den Berg and Gabriela Schloser 5-3.
The women’s team of Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari won the gold medal with a convenient victory over Mexico.
After a dream run in Paris, Deepika also regained number one in the world rankings on Monday. “This will put Deepika in first place in the world rankings on Monday,” World Archery had announced on its official handle after the Deepika gold rush. In total, the 27-year-old has won nine gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals in the World Cup.