London Olympics: Deepika Kumari aims for better preparation

first_imgHaving tasted the excitement of the Olympics for the first time, archer Deepika Kumari is determined to experience it once again and wants to work hard to make a mark.The teenager became the top-ranked recurve archer in the world in the lead-up to the Olympics, but the competition in London did not go as she would have expected.”It was a good experience and learnt a lot during my first Olympics. The results were not very good and I realised that I have to improve on various facets to take the next step,” Deepika told Mail Today from Jamshedpur.”I need to work harder, prepare better, be fitter and also work on the mental aspect to deal with the big occasion.”The Indian archery campaign never got off the ground. Having finished ninth in the ranking round, the trio of Deepika, Chekrovolu Swuro and Laishram Bombayla Devi went out to Denmark in the first round.The Indians were prime contenders for a medal as they were runners-up to Italy at last year’s world championships in Turin.Deepika, herself, disappointed in the individual competition and went out to Great Britain’s Amy Oliver at the first stage.”It was disappointing. Catching a fever just a few days before the Olympics left me weak and I could not practise for several days. As a result, my performance dipped. The swirling wind and the constantly changing weather also did not help matters,” she said.”We were expecting to be seventh at worst in the ranking round and hoped to be among the top three. Even then, Denmark were not such a tough proposition. But, it’s about how you perform on the day and we lost by a point.”advertisementDeepika was also upset about her performance in the individual event.”I could not read the wind properly and failed to hit a single 10. Even then, I made a full effort to keep the arrows within eights and nines, but hit a seven,” she said.The disappointing result in London has made Deepika more determined to make up for it in Rio de Janeiro in four years’ time.”I want to compete in at least three more Olympics. To do better, we need more competitions in India so that we are ready when we go for big events. I will work hard over the next four years to make my basics strong. With more experience, I will have better control next time,” she said.There is no rest for Deepika as she has resumed her training on her return to India. She will compete at the World Cup Finals to be held next month in Tokyo.last_img

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