World Archery announced the new rankings on Monday, and archer Deepika Kumari became the new world number one. She won the Recurve individual event 6-0 to clinch her hat-trick of gold medals at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Paris on Sunday.
Kumari, a brilliant archer from India, thrashed Elena Osipova of Russia with a score of 6-0. Deepika’s second individual World Cup gold medal of 2021 and her third gold of the day, as she also won gold on Sunday in the women’s team and mixed team events.
“I am happy, but at the same time, I have to continue my performance like this. I want to improve that because the upcoming tournament is very, very important to us. I am trying my best to continue learning whatever I can,” the official website of World Archery quoted Kumari as saying.
The husband-wife duo of Deepika and Atanu had earlier won their first World Cup gold medal as a partner after defeating Gabriela Schloesser and Sjef Van Den Berg of the Netherlands 5-3 after a set down. The Indian women’s recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Komalika Bari, and Ankita Bhakat won gold at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in the French capital earlier in the day.
In the finals, the team defeated Mexico 5-1. The next event is, of course, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will take place in less than a month. Kumari will be the lone female archer representing India in Japan, joining a full men’s squad in their quest for the country’s first archery medal at the world’s largest athletic event.