Indian archer Deepika Kumari on Wednesday equalled the world record in women’s recurve event before helping the country to the mixed pair bronze play-off in the first stage of the Archery World Cup that got underway in Shanghai. Deepika Kumari score of 686/720 equalled the record-breaking score of 686/720 set by South Korean archer Ki Bo-Bae in 2015. The former world No. 1 and winner of two Commonwealth Games gold medals shot 686 in the 72-arrow ranking round to equal the feat of the London Olympics gold medallist Ki Bo Bae of South Korea.

Deepika Kumari was impressive throughout the qualifying round and at the halfway stage, she was three points ahead of the average for world record. With 343 for the front half, she set the range ablaze and stayed ahead of the average for two more ends before dropping two eights and falling a fraction behind. However, she rallied back and shot without committing any errors in the final three ends.

Deepika’s effort also enabled India to get a top ranking in the mixed pairs as she partnered 12th ranked Atanu Das (671 points) to defeat Turkey 5-3 in the first round of eight. In the semifinals, the pair lost to fourth ranked Chinese Taipei 3-5 and will face third-seeded South Koreans in the bronze medal playoff. South Korea were blanked 6-0 by the second-ranked USA in the other semifinal.

Deepika Kumari has already qualified for the upcoming Rio Olympics.

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