Deepika,Verma Qualify for Archery World Cup Final
KOLKATA: Indian recurve and compound duo of Deepika Kumari and Abhishek Verma have made the cut for the season ending Archery World Cup Final to be held in Mexico from October 24-25. Deepika, who has won three World Cup Final silver medals from 2011-2013, has made the cut off the back of a bronze medal at Stage 2 World Cup in Antalya this year as she will make a return to the showpiece event after two years.
The 21-year-old former world number one Indian had skipped the ongoing Stage 4 in Medellin, Colombia and had to wait until the semifinals to see if either of Chinese Taipei's Le Chien-Ying or Lin Shih-Chia could overtake her on points.
Deepika has amassed 24 world ranking points, something Chien-Ying and Shih-Chia -- who have made to the Medellin bronze playoff -- cannot get past. Should Chien-Ying win the bronze playoff in Medellin on Sunday, she would log 23 ranking points and make the cut, otherwise five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig of the United States will qualify for the only available berth. Korean duo of Choi Misun, Ki Bo Bae, Japan's Kaori Kawanaka, Colombia's Ana Maria Rendon and Mackenzie Brown of the USA are the others who have qualified in the women's recurve. Having won the World Cup Stage 3 in Wroclaw, Poland last month, Delhi lad Verma, who too skipped the Medellin event, qualified for the World Cup Final with 39 rating points. The compound men's roster is complete as Verma will shoot with Dutchman Mike Schloesser, Reo Wilde (US), Martin Damsbo (Denmark), Demir Elmaagacli (Turkey) and the French duo of Dominique Genet and Sebastien Peineau.