Once again it turned out be a case of so near yet so far for Deepika Kumari. The ace Indian archer once again failed to clinch the gold at World Cup as she to be contended with third successive silver medal at the World Cup Final in Paris.
Currently ranked second in the World, this was third successive final for the lass from Jharkhand after finishing second in the 2011 and 2012 World Cup Final.
Deepika started the final in brilliant fashion, scoring 10 out of 10 in the first three shots and led 3-1. Her lapse in the third set allowed Korean Ok-Hee Yun to win 6-4.
It has been a tale of grit and determination Deepika, born to a autorickshaw driver. She made her maiden World Cup Final in 2010, where she was seeded fifth. But since then in all her World Cup appearances in 2011 Istanbul, 2012 Tokyo and 2013 Paris, Deepika has never returned empty handed and has grabbed silver.
The World Cup Final is held after three World Cup events and is also the final big event of the year. Can we call Deepika the Silver girl of India, it might be a bit too early. She has clinched two gold medals in the 2010 CWG Games and a bronze in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.
Don’t forget that she is only aged 19 and has a lot of sport left in her. She may well be India’s golden girl of future. After showing that she is consistence, the age will only make her more mature.