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India women's recurve team fails to make Olympics cut

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June 20, 2021 19:56 IST
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The Indian team, comprising Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari, was beaten by lower-ranked Colombia in the Final Olympic Qualifier, in Paris, on Sunday.

IMAGE: The Indian team, comprising Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari, was beaten by lower-ranked Colombia in the Final Olympic Qualifier, in Paris, on Sunday. Photograph: Kind courtesy World archery/Twitter

India’s women's recurve team failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after a tame defeat to lower-ranked Colombia in the Final Qualifier, in Paris, on Sunday.

 

It was the last opportunity for the Indians to upgrade their single women's quota place to team invitation in Tokyo, but they failed to make it.

Deepika Kumari will now be the sole entry in the women's section at the Tokyo Games. It will be her third successive Olympics.

India had already secured the men's team quota for the Olympics from the World Championships in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, in 2019.

The fancied Indian women's team had to finish among the top-three in a field of 28 to make the cut, but lost in the opening round, putting up a disappointing performance.

The trio of world No. 3 Deepika, Ankita Bhakat and 19-year-old Komalika Bari, which won gold in the World Cup stage one at Guatemala City two months back, failed to win a set and blanked 0-6 by their Colombian counterparts.

The Colombian trio of Ana Maria Rendon, Valentia Acosta Giraldo and Maira Sepulveda shot consistently and started off with a two perfect 10s, including one arrow closest to the centre (X), to take the first set 55-54.

Under pressure, the Indian women's team drilled a shocking 49 that included a poor 5 to lose the second set by two points.

There was no looking back for the Colombians as they clinched the issue in style in the third set with another two perfect 10s, including one X.

The India team earlier had a perfect start with Deepika shooting the top individual score in the morning, hitting 674 as it took second place behind Mexico in the qualification round to advance directly to the second round.

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