The Indian women’s team is on a roll after winning back-to-back World Cup titles on Sunday. The recurve team of Bombayala Devi, Deepika Kumari and Rimil Buriuly upset favourites South Korea to win the team final in the World Cup Stage 4 in Wroclaw, Poland. The trio won Stage 3 in Medellin, Colombia last month.
India overcame the Olympic gold-medallist line-up of Yun Ok-Hee, Ki Bo Bae, and Joo Hyun Jung 219-215.
Dronacharya Awardee and national archery coach Purnima Mahato was elated and heaped praise on the team for such a brilliant performance against a formidable opponent.
“It is a great achievement to win back-to-back World Cups but the icing on the cake is beating South Korea, which was a tough ask because we had lost to them earlier this year in the semifinals in Shanghai, where we won bronze. It is testament to the character of all three archers - Bombayala, Deepika and Rimil - that we were able to get this win. I’m very proud,” the coach, who skipped this event due to some commitment at home, told TNIE.
Purnima also felt that Deepika’s performance in the individual event was good, given the high level of competition.
“Deepika is a consistent performer and the World Cup final in September will mark the fourth straight year that she has qualified. That is an achievement in itself, however, she wouldn’t want to focus on that and will obviously aim for a medal. I have great faith in her.” she concluded.
The trio, who were seeded sixth, dominated the event beating Indonesia (217-216) and Mexico (211-202) in the early stages before ousting Denmark (214-206) in the semifinals.