On Sunday, Deepika Kumari hit a perfect 10 in the final arrow, scripting a spectacular turnaround for India to beat Mexico and take gold in the recurve women's archery World Cup Stage 1. Meantime the mixed pair duo consisting of Atanu Das and Ankita Bhakat secured a mixed pair bronze, upsetting top seed USA 6-2 at Los Arcos. Getting back to the World Cup after nearly two years, the Indian team, which is yet to secure an Olympic team quota, were 2-4 after the third set. However, the trio consisting of Deepika, Ankita Bhakat, and Komalika Bari, calm and composed, bounced back in the fourth set before securing the issue 5-4 (27-26) in the shoot-off en-route to receive their first women's recurve team gold since 2014, having won in Shanghai- 2011, Medellin-2013, Wroclaw-2013 and 2014 previously. In the shoot-off, Ankita Bhakat kicked off with a nine. 19-year-old Komalika Bari shot an eight as it was down to Deepika Kumari against her more fancied rival Aida Roman who the London Olympics silver medallist, in the final arrow, in 2012. The Former world number one, Deepika Kumari, remained steady and calm, delivering a perfect 10, as Aida Roman, who needed a nine to prolong the shoot-off, managed only an eight. Securing India's fifth recurve women's team gold in World Cup, the country has previously won in Shanghai-2011, Medellin-2013, Wroclaw-2013, and 2014 with Deepika Kumari bagging her fifth gold medal. Deepika Kumari expressed her feeling of satisfaction with winning a gold medal after seven years. The win will bolster the Indian team's confidence before the final qualification event on the sidelines of World Cup Stage 3, which is to be held in Paris in June. Komalika Bari, who is the reigning under-18 world champion, stated that she thankfully managed to do well despite being nervous. Komalika Bari also feels sure that this confidence will help them secure a team quota in Paris. In the mixed pair bronze playoff, India was 0-2 after the first set. However, the duo consisting of Atanu Das and Ankita Bhakat complemented well in the second set and the third set to settle the issue. The skilful Ankita Bhakat shot two of the three 10s in the second set, along with Atanu Das, who stepped it up in the third set with two 10s to win the match. India bagged four medals capping the country’s best-ever show at the tournament on their return back to the World Cup after nearly two years.
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