Guatemala City, April 24
The Indian women’s recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari assured itself of the first medal in the Archery World Cup Stage 1 here after cruising into the final with a straight-set win over Spain.
However, the men’s team, which qualified as the third seed, lost 26-27 in the quarterfinals to Spain in a shoot-off after the two teams were tied 4-4.
India are in the medal hunt in three more events — Atanu Das and Deepika advanced into the mixed pair bronze playoff; the two will also vie for individual medals, having qualified for the semifinals in their respective sections.
In the women’s team semifinal, the Indian trio outclassed the Spanish team of Elia Canales, Ines De Velasco and Leyre Fernandez Infante, the top-seeded Indians winning 6-0 after consistent scores of 55, 56 and 55. This is India’s first World Cup final since 2016 in Shanghai.
India will start firm favourites in a depleted field — without Asian heavyweights South Korea, China and Chinese Taipei — when they take on seventh-seeded Mexico in the final on Sunday. — Agencies