Young archer Komalika Bari became only the second Indian after Deepika Kumari to win a gold medal in the recurve event at the World Archery Youth Championships on Sunday. India also won gold in compound junior mixed pair event on Saturday and bronze in compound junior men's team event on Friday.
After Kumari had won the championship in 2009 in the under-18 category, it was 17-year-old Bari who followed suit on Sunday, when she got the better of higher-ranked Sonoda Waka of Japan in the recurve cadet. It was India's second gold on the final day of the World Archery Youth Championships.
The Jamshedpur-born Tata Archery Academy cadet was in an impeccable form showing unparalleled composure and finesse, which took her to an early 4-0. It was only a formality after that and she ended up sealing it 7-3. This was also India's fourth individual world championship title after Kumari did it in cadet and junior event and Palton Hansda achieving the same in compound junior back in 2006.
"I'm feeling very nice because I won the World Championships. It's also because of my coaches, they are very important," said Bari, who only made her senior debut this year and was a member of the World Championship team in the Netherlands in June, reported PTI.
With AAI staying under suspension by the World Archery, the Indian archer won’t be able to represent India until further development. India concluded their campaign with two gold and one bronze medal in their last event before the World Archery suspension comes into effect.
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