Archery World Cup: Misfiring Deepika Kumari falters on India comeback, slips to 37th in qualifying round

Deepika Kumari. (World Archery Photo)

PARIS: Star archer Deepika Kumari failed to impress in the qualifying round in her a lot-anticipated return, ending a lowly 37th behind Ankita Bhakat in the World Cup Stage 3 on Wednesday.
The world quantity three Deepika, who was making her India comeback after the Tokyo Olympics debacle final yr, shot a disappointing 638 in the 72-arrow qualification round, a large 37-level behind Korean Lee Gahyun who took the pole place in the ladies’s recurve part.
Her poor rating meant that Deepika received a troublesome draw as the previous world primary may have a possible second round conflict in opposition to Korean Choi Misun, the 2016 Rio Olympics crew gold medallist. Deepika will face Italian Chiara Rebagliati in her first round.
The three-time Olympian was an image of inconsistency. Having began off with 4 10s, together with two X (closest the centre) and a 9, Deepika hit the black ring (4) and even misfired in the final arrow of the fifth finish.
There was extra frustration in retailer for her as she ended the primary-half by capturing twice in the purple ring (7-7). At the midway mark, she managed simply 323 factors.
At the identical time, she shot 18 good 10s on the midway mark, which was only one behind Gahyun, one thing that summed up Deepika’s inconsistency on the day.
Under strain, Deepika slipped additional in the ultimate set of 36 arrows, the place she managed simply 315 factors, after hitting 5 7s and one 6 to finish her qualifying round. She had a share of 11 good 10s in the ultimate-half.
At thirty first place, Ankita (644) was the very best among the many Indian girls as she made the combined pair crew with twenty seventh positioned Tarundeep Rai (670), with the duo taking the thirteenth rating.
Pravin Jadhav, who too made a comeback after his Tokyo Olympics debacle, completed thirtieth with 668 factors, whereas veteran Jayanta Talukdar (667) took the thirty second spot because the recurve males’s crew secured the eight seeding in the draw.
The recurve girls’s crew, on the opposite hand, slipped to thirteenth place.
Earlier, the Indian girls’s compound crew misplaced the bronze play-off to France whereas the boys’s crew made a quarterfinal exit after shedding to Turkey.
A day after World Championship silver medallist Jyothi Surekha Vennam raised the expectation with a second-place end, the ladies’s trio of Jyothi, Priya Gurjar and Muskan Kirar misplaced 228-231 to Britain in the semifinal.
Fighting for the bronze, the crew squandered a two-level lead to lose 231-233 to their French opponents Sophie Dodemont, Lola Grandjean and Sandra Herve.
Having received a bye into the quarterfinals, the third seeded Indian girls’s crew had began off by eliminating their Brazilian rivals 230-227.
The males’s crew of Abhishek Verma, Mohan Bhardwaj and Aman Saini started with a 234-232 win over South Africa however suffered a one-level defeat in opposition to Turkey, taking place 234-235.

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