Sports Desk – Former number one Indian archer Deepika Kumari and Ankita Bhakat won gold and silver medals for the country in the women’s individual recurve event at the 21st Asian Championships on Thursday.
The Indian women’s team qualified for the semifinals of the women’s recurve event and also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. In the final, Deepika defeated compatriot Ankita 6–0 in consecutive sets. He won the gold medal with a score of 27–24, 27–26, 27–26.
Entering the brackets as the number one ranked woman, Deepika put up a flawless show to defeat Nur Afisa Abdul Halil of Malaysia 7-2, Zahra Nemati (Iran) 6-4 and local girl Narisara Khunhiranchaiyo 6-2 to make the last four, thereby securing an Olympic quota.
Ankita, on the other hand, defeated Lam Shuk Ching Ada of Hong Kong 7-1, Nguyen Thi Phuong of Vietnam 6-0 and Anastassiya Bannova (Kazhakstan) 6-4 and Karma of Bhutan 6-2 to make it an all-Indian final.