Do not want to return empty handed from London: Deepika Kumari

Updated: 09 May 2012 20:03 IST

Fresh from winning her first gold medal at the biggest stage, Deepika Kumari might have emerged India's biggest Olympic medal hope in archery but the teenager wants to take it easy for the London Games.

Kolkata:

Fresh from winning her first gold medal at the biggest stage, Deepika Kumari might have emerged India's biggest Olympic medal hope in archery but the teenager wants to take it easy for the London Games.

There are lot of expectations from her with the fancied men's team yet to qualify for the July 27-August 12 extravaganza, but Deepika says she is staying focussed on giving here best.

"I don't want to rush after an Olympic gold. I want to reach a stage where I deserve a medal. But I don't want to return empty-handed from London," Deepika told reporters on Wednesday after returning from Antalya.

At the World Cup Stage II, the Ranchi youngster defeated Korea's Lee Sung Jin 6-4 for her first gold medal at the World Cup.

"I had won silver (in the senior circuit). So, naturally I'm very happy on winning the World Cup, which will remain a precious moment in my life.

"The competition had several tough opponents from all over the world. So I had my task cut out. No wonder this had been my best effort so far in my career," Deepika said.

On the challenges in London, she said, "I will be there for the first time. But the field would be the almost the same with Koreans and the Chinese as the toughest ones."

"Besides, you have USA and the Chinese Taipei as well. But looking down deeper, everyone would have an equal amount of chance.

"Have to focus more on shooting and train keeping in mind the weather conditions in London. I need to master the style of play according to the wind," Deepika, who alongwith fellow Olympic probables will train in Gangtok, said.

Topics : Archery Olympics 2012
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