Deepika Kumari was done in by some sheer class of more experienced opponents as she settled for two silver medals, including one with Jayanta Talukdar, to help India finish fourth in the Archery World Cup Stage 1 that concluded in Shanghai on Sunday.
Pitted against Ok-Hee Yun, a team Olympic champion and individual bronze medallist in Beijing 2008, Deepika took a 4-2 lead but the Korean showed amazing resilience to win successive games and seal the issue 6-4 for her third World Cup gold in Shanghai after 2006 and 2009.
In the recurve mixed team final, the US duo of Brady Ellison and Khatuna Lorig outplayed Talukdar and Deepika 154-146 as India ended their campaign with two silver and one bronze (women’s compound team).
In the recurve women’s individual final, former world number one Deepika outscored her opponent 29-27 to win the first set.
But Yun, who is 10 years older to Deepika, 19, came back in the second set to make it 2-2.
Deepika, who is currently world number 3, took the lead again in the third set (4-2). The Korean put her expertise into use as she bounced back to equalise 4-4. In the final end, Yun’s experience helped her.