One of India’s biggest medal hope at Rio Olympics, the women’s archery team made a promising start to their campaign by reaching the quarter-finals of the team recurve event.
The team, compromising of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Manjhi, beat Colombia 5-2 in a nail-biting qualifying match to enter the quarters where they will be up against Russia.
In their match against Colombia, the combined score in the first set was 52 which just a point more than their opponent’s. It was the other way around in the second second set as India lost it 49-50. There was nothing to separate the teams in the third which ended in a 52-52 tie.
In the fourth and final update, India put up a strong performance and took an early lead. They were helped by some lose shot by Colombia towards the end, especially the second last arrow which produced only three points for them. India had put up a score of 52 going first. Colombia managed to score only 44 to lose and bow out of the competition.
The three members of the Indian team – Deepika, Bombayla, and Laxmirani will also play the individual recurve event which will be held on August 9.
Deepika, 22, is a former world number one and world record holder. At the London Olympics, she had participated in the individual event but failed to finish strongly.
India have never won a medal in any archery event and are yet to open their medal account at the Rio Olympics.