Deepika Kumari won the gold medal in the women’s recurve event at the Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok on Thursday, beating compatriot Ankita Bhakat 6-0 in an all-Indian final. Three Olympic quotas for Tokyo 2020 were on offer at this event – which went to India, Bhutan and Vietnam.
Deepika Kumari has qualified a @Tokyo2020 @Olympics women’s #archery place for India 🇮🇳 by winning the Asian quota tournament in Bangkok. 🌏🏹— World Archery (@worldarchery) November 28, 2019
(She competed as a neutral athlete due to the suspension of the Archery Association of India.) pic.twitter.com/nSmP9te8JW
The quota will go to the Indian Olympic Committee, confirmed World Archery.
The Indian trio of Deepika, Ankita and Laishram Bombayala Devi were competing at the Asian Championships under a neutral flag due to the suspension of the Archery Association of India.
This is India’s second Olympic quota place in archery after the men’s recurve team of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav had secured their place through their showing in the World Championships earlier this year.
Congratulations #DeepikaKumari on winning a gold & #AnkitaBhakat for silver in women’s recurve #Archery at the Asian Continental Qualification tournament and securing Olympic Quota for #Tokyo2020 .#IndiaontheRise 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/NIiFGAk2ve— Dept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) November 28, 2019
The Berlin stage of the 2020 World Cup is the last remaining Olympic qualifying event in archery.
Deepika Kumari, India’s top-ranked woman archer, will be looking to bury the ghosts of London and Rio in Tokyo next year.
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