World number-1 archer Deepika Kumari’s dream of winning an Olympic medal was shattered for the third time in a row. She lost to top seed An San San of Korea in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics. Deepika scored 7 four times, while An, who topped the rankings round with an Olympic record, registered a 6-0 win within six minutes.
Deepika had lost in the pre-quarterfinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while she was eliminated from the first round despite landing as the number one archer at the London Olympics.
Now the Indian challenge in archery is left in the form of Deepika’s husband Atanu Das, who has defeated two-time Olympic champion Oh Jin Hyek to reach the pre-quarterfinals. He will take on Takaharu Furukawa of Japan, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist and team bronze here, on Saturday.
Earlier, Deepika entered the quarter-finals by defeating former world champion Ksenia Perova of the Russian Olympic Committee in a thrilling shoot-off.
After five sets the score was tied at 5-5. Dipika coped with the pressure and scored a perfect 10 in the shoot-off to beat the team silver medalist of the Rio Olympics.
Starting in a one-arrow shoot-off, the Russian archer came under pressure and could only score seven, while Dipika scored 10 to win the match 6-5. This was Deepika’s first win in three matches against the 2017 world champion.
Deepika and An San had also faced the same venue in the Tokyo 2020 Test tournament in 2019 and even then the Indian player had to face defeat.