India’s Deepika Kumari of India settled for silver after being defeated by China’s Cheng Ming 5-6 in the tie-breaker of the women’s individual recurve summit clash at the World Cup archery finals in Istanbul on 25 September 2011.
Deepika had earlier overcome Berengene Schuh 6-0 to enter the final. She had defeated Alejandra Valencia of Mexico 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
It was a very good start for the Indian and the Chinese archers in the World Cup title race. Each got ten points in the first two arrows. Cheng made the decisive shot with a 9. The Indian needed a 10 but under pressure shot an eight to lose a dramatic but closely fought contest.
Kumari’s performance was hailed by the Tata Archery Academy and Jharkhand Archery Association.
This was the second time in a span of two months that the 17-year-old Kumari missed the top of the podium at the stage 3 World Cup in Ogden, USA, in July 2011. She had bagged a hat-trick of silver medals in team, individual and mixed event. At stage 4 of World Cup in Shanghai in August 2011, Deepika helped the recurve team to a gold but fizzled out in critical stages of the individual competition and had to remain contended with a bronze.
The Archery Association of India (AAI) in the meanwhile announced a prize purse of Rs 4 lakh for a four-day trial for the 17th Asian Archery Championship.