Asian Games 2018: Indian women's compound archery team finish second behind South Korea in qualifiers

Jakarta: The Indian women's compound archery team qualified second for the Asian Games quarterfinals, pipped by powerhouse South Korea in the ranking round, on Wednesday.

India were already through to the quarters with a first-round bye and Wednesday's round only decided the placement of the teams in the draw based on their rankings. India ended up in the bottom half with South Korea in the upper half.

India's Madhumita Kumari takes part in the compound women's individual qualification round archery event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA

Madhumita Kumari finished in 11th place in the individual rankings. AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha

Jyothi Surekha Vennam was the star of the show, grabbing the second spot in the individual rankings. Jyothi finished with 706 points, just one less than top-ranked Yinsuhan Chen of Chinese Taipei.

Muskan Kiran finished ninth with 691 points while Madhumita Kumari was 11th with 689. Trisha Deb, who had won a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games, managed 683 points, which placed her 19th.

The Indian team tallied 2085 points behind South Korea, who set a Games record of 2105.

The compound event for the ongoing Games only has team medals on offer and individual medals have been done away.

The quarterfinals are scheduled to be held on Sunday.

"We will see before the event, which players will compete in the team event. It was very close. We had a good day. The conditions were good, though it was slightly hot out there," India's compound coach Jiwanjot Singh Teja said.

"Our archers have been very consistent. The performance at Incheon had boosted their confidence. We have done well in World Cups too. We are surely contenders for a medal in compound," he added.

The men's compound rankings will be decided later in the day.

The women's recurve team had on Tuesday qualified in seventh place and men's team qualified eighth.

Deepika Kumari was the best placed Indian in individual recurve at number 17.


Updated Date: Aug 22, 2018 13:44 PM

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