Experienced and fit Deepika Kumari was a constant in the remarkable draw of three gold medals from India in World Cup stage 3 here on Sunday, an unprecedented sweep for the country at the mega-event ahead of next month’s Tokyo Olympics.
Deepika left Russian 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. She used to be part of the mixed and gold-winning Indian women’s teams.
In the mixed final, Deepika and her husband, Atanu Das, India’s best hope for a medal in the Olympic archery, bounced from a 0-2 deficit to Sef van Van Berg and Gabriela Schloser 5-3.
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. The first time we won the final together is 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.
By the way, this was the first mixed pair of gold medals for the former number 1 in the world Deepika, who has five silver and three bronze medals in the competition.
Her last mixed doubles final match was also with Atanu at the 2016 World Cup in Antalya. The duo had lost to Korea.
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 competitor Archishek Verma, opening the scoring by winning the individual event on Saturday.
In the final of the mixed pairs Atanu and Deepika, who were placed in fifth place, complemented each other well, as the latter came into their hands after a slow start.
Atanu had an almost perfect first set, while Deepika stuttered with 8 on the way to a total of 37, while the Dutch pair carried ahead by one point.
With a 0-2 lead, India had team results in the opening round of 19, with Atanu starting with a perfect 10 more to put pressure on the Dutch team, which managed to give a three-point advantage in the middle of the second set.
Atanu and Deepika shot 9 and 8 respectively in the second round to equalize 2-2 at halftime.
In the back, Deepika found his golden touch to shoot two perfect 10s, including an X, as the duo dropped just one point to take the third set 39-37 for a 4-2 lead.
Needing a draw to deal with the problem in the fourth set, the duo found some resistance from the Dutch pair and both teams were locked with 19-19 in the half.
Van den Berg and Schlosser collected 19 more in the final round, but Atanu kept his nerves for a perfect 10 before Deepika used the moment with 9.
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. 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.