India’s recurve archer, who had a qualification round in the women’s event, made a strong comeback to reach the final, confirming her maiden medal at the ongoing World Cup Stage 3 here on Thursday.
A day after they dropped out of the top-30 in the qualifying round to be seeded 13th, the trio of Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Simranjit Kaur beat Ukraine, Britain and Turkey on their way to the summit clash.
They will face Chinese Taipei on Sunday.
The Indian women’s recurve trio started with a 5-1 (57-53 57-54 55-55) win over fourth-seeded Ukraine.
Against Great Britain in the quarter-finals, they dropped just four points to reduce their opponents 6–0 (59–51 59–51 58–50).
In the semi-finals, they had a slow start with 56 in the first set, but their eighth-seeded Turkish rivals Gulnaz Koskun, Ezgi Basran and Yasemin Anagoz won the first set by five points from a poor score of 51.
The Indians went on to beat their rivals by one point in the second set, before losing their first set of the day, when the Turkish team won the third 55–54 to register a 2–4 victory.
Needing a tie in the fourth set to confirm reaching the final, the Indians kept their spirits up and stood up to their job to seal a 5–3 (56–51 57–56 54–55 55–55) victory.
Luck was also on his side as he did not face his rival Korean as the top-seeded eighth-seeded Turkish team was in trouble in the quarters.
In the final on Sunday, they will face third-seeded Chinese Taipei, who have Rio Olympic team bronze medalist Lei Chien-ying.
The men’s recurve team comprising Tarundeep Rai, Jayant Talukdar and eighth seed Pravin Jadhav crashed out after losing in the first round to Switzerland.
After receiving a bye in the pre-quarters, the Indian trio lost 4-5 to Florian Faber, Keziyah Chabin and Thomas Ruffer in the shoot-off (53-57 58-54 49-53 58-50) (25-25). ,
The shoot-off was also a tie and the Swiss team was declared the winner as its last arrow landed close to the centre.
Too all locked, the Indians suffered badly in the third set shooting a series of five 8’s which proved decisive in the end.
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