Bhajan Kaur Clinches Gold and Paris Olympics Quota in Archery

Bhajan Kaur

In a remarkable achievement, Bhajan Kaur, an 18-year-old Indian archer, secured India’s first women’s individual recurve archery quota for the 2024 Paris Olympics. She accomplished this feat by winning a gold medal at the final world qualifying tournament held in Antalya.

Bhajan Kaur is going to the Olympics

Bhajan Kaur became only the second Indian archer to secure a spot at the Paris Games, following in the footsteps of Dhiraj Bommadevara in the men’s event. Individual quotas are awarded to the top eight nations in archery, with each country receiving one quota per gender. India has now secured individual quotas in both the men’s and women’s categories.

Kaur’s triumph came after a decisive 6-2 victory over Iran’s Mobina Fallah in the gold medal match. Demonstrating poise and precision, Kaur showcased exceptional shooting skills throughout the tournament. Her consistent form was evident when she defeated Moldova’s Alexandra Mirca 6-2 in the semifinals.

Bhajan Kaur’s success ensures India’s representation in the mixed-team event at the Paris Olympics. Alongside Bommadevara, who had already secured a men’s individual recurve quota, India will field a strong team in archery.

The same day also saw Ankita Bhakat winning a 2024 Paris Olympics quota for India. Although Bhakat advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-0 victory over Monica Bidaure, her quota was transferred to Kaur after Bhakat’s exit in the quarter-finals, where she lost 4-6 to eventual silver medallist Fallah.

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