Deepika Kumari wins gold in Asian Archery C'ships

Deepika Kumari won the gold medal in the women’s recurve event at the Asian Archery Championships in Bangkok on Thursday, beating compatriot Ankita Bhakat 6-0 in an all-Indian final.

Three Olympic quotas for Tokyo 2020 were on offer at this event – which went to India, Bhutan and Vietnam.

The quota will go to the Indian Olympic Committee, confirmed World Archery.

The Indian trio of Deepika, Ankita and Laishram Bombayala Devi were competing at the Asian Championships under a neutral flag due to the suspension of the Archery Association of India.

This is India’s second Olympic quota place in archery after the men’s recurve team of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav had secured their place through their showing in the World Championships earlier this year.

The Berlin stage of the 2020 World Cup is the last remaining Olympic qualifying event in archery.

Deepika Kumari, India’s top-ranked woman archer, will be looking to bury the ghosts of London and Rio in Tokyo next year.