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Pranitha loses in round of 16

August 12, 2008 15:50 IST

Indian women archers' campaign in the individual event ended on Tuesday with Pranitha Vardhineni going down 99-106 to Kwon Un Sil of Korea in a pre-quarterfinal match at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Pranitha, who made her Olympics debut, was no match for her Korean opponent and failed to hit the target in crucial moments.

Pranitha, who had beaten Waller Jane of Australia 106-100 en-route to pre-quarterfinals, dominated the first quarter scoring 27, one shot adrift of Kwon.

VardhineniHowever, the Indian soon lost track and could manage scores of 22, 24, 26 compared to 26, 26, 28 by her Korean counterpart in the next quarters.

Earlier, Pranitha's team-mates Dola Banerjee and L Bombayla Devi bowed out of the women's individual archery event after losing their respective opening round matches.

While Dola lost to Marie-Pier Beaudet of Canada in tie-breaker after both were levelled at 109, Bombayla went down to Iwona Marcinkiewicz of Poland, who edged out the Indian 103-101 in a tense battle.

Dola said she was not too unhappy with the score but felt luck was not with her.

"I lost in tie-breaker but the score was not too bad. It's not that I lost because I shot low. Things just didn't go well in tie-breaker where I shot eight. Had it been nine, that would have put her on pressure, for she had to score a 10 to win it," Dola rued.

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