Dream over! Indian men's archery team fails to qualify for Rio Olympics

Antalya: India will not have a men's archery team to compete in the Rio Games as it failed to make the cut in the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament held on the sidelines of the World Cup Stage 3 at the Konyaalti Beach Park in Antalya on Thursday

The Indian trio of Atanu Das, Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh Champia, who got the top seeding, lost to lower ranked Malaysians 4-5 in the shoot-off (27-28) in the quarters to be out of Rio reckoning.

File photo of Jayanta Talukdar.Getty Images

File photo of Jayanta Talukdar.Getty Images

Needed to finish among top three to qualify, India found themselves in a favourable draw of 16 as it sweat past home challengers Turkey 4-5 in the shootoff (28-27).

But Champia's poor form continued as the team squandered a 2-0 lead to lose to Malaysia in the quarters.

India however will be able to compete in the individual men's recurve as Champia incidentally had grabbed a solitary quota place in the World Championship in July last year.

But with his lacklustre form Champia may miss out on the Rio-bound squad after a separate trial will be held by the Archery Association of India to pick the individual member.

Women's recurve section however will have a full strength squad after it had made the cut in Denmark last year.

 


Updated Date: Jun 16, 2016 20:41 PM

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