Indian women archery team enters pre-quarters at Olympics

Aug 08, 2016, 02:00

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 7 (IBNS): Indian women recurve team, comprising of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi, showed their brilliance as they defeated Colombia 5-3 in the 1/8 elimination round of the Rio Olympics here.

"Sports Authority of India tweeted: "#IND Women archery team will have face off with #Russia at 10:30 PM (IST).Best wishes.Cheer for team.#SAI #Rio2016".

But when it really mattered, Deepika Kumari failed to step up to the plate and fired an arrow that could only fetch 8 points.

In the third set, both India and Colombia scored 51 points apiece as the match was tied 3-3 on points.

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India came hard in the final set with four 9s to total 52 before Colombia panicked under pressure to manage only 44, giving India passage to the last-16 stage.

After the two teams were tied at 4-4, having won two sets each, the Russian trio of Tuiana Dashidorzhieva, Ksenia Perova and Inna Stepanova held its nerves in the shoot-off winning it by 25-23 margin.

The Russian will now face the Italian team in the semi-final of the event.

In her third Olympics, senior most Bombayla Devi Laishram shot 638 to finish 24th while Laxmirani Majhi finished a lowly 43rd with 614 points.

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India began well with a score of 52 points to win the first set.

Deepika, whose form has been the worst of three Indian archers in the fray, needed to shoot a flawless 10 in the final shot but the highly rated Jharkhand archer could only manage an 8 under floodlights at the Sambodromo arena.

Deepika, India's biggest hope in archery, was not in her element as she started off with a poorly hit 7 with the final arrow of the first set.

The Jharkhand girl performed no better in the second set, striking a couple of 7s, but found form in the last two sets, where she hit a 10 along with three arrows which fetched 9 each. Bombayla then shot an 8, Laxmirani got a 7 and Deepika followed it up with a 9 to accumulate 24 points.

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In the men's section, India's lone competitor is Atanu Das, who had qualified for the final with an impressive overall position of 5th in the qualifying round.

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