India's Deepika Kumari tops qualification round in archery World Cup Stage II
Deepika Kumari revived India's medal hopes topping the qualification round in the women's recurve section while Abhishek Verma and Divya Dahal advanced to compound mixed pair bronze medal play-off match at the Archery World Cup Stage II in Antalya on Wednesday.
Antalya, Turkey: Deepika Kumari revived India's medal hopes topping the qualification round in the women's recurve section while Abhishek Verma and Divya Dahal advanced to compound mixed pair bronze medal play-off match at the Archery World Cup Stage II in Antalya on Wednesday.
Having made a quarterfinal exit at the World Cup Stage I in Shanghai, the former world number one, Deepika put up a consistent display with 34 perfect 10s to total 672, five points ahead of Chinese Taipei's Peng Chia-Mao to beat the top seed and will begin her campaign from the last-32.
Deepika's teammates Monika Saren and Preeti finished 31st and 45th respectively as the team ranked fifth in the draw of 16.
In the men's recurve category, Dhaniram Basumatary was the best placed Indian at seventh with 667, two points ahead of Olympian Atanu Das who finished 13th.
The third Indian Indrachand Swami finished 25th as the team bagged third place in the qualification ranking.
Deepika and Dhaniram, however, made a first round exit going down to Belarus in the mixed pair event later in the day.
In the compound mixed pair section, Verma and Divya will battle for bronze medal against Italy's Sergio Pagni and Marcella Tonioli after they lost the semifinal to their opponents from Chinese Taipei 152-155 in a closely-fought battle.
India women's compound team clinch silver at Archery World Cup; mixed-pair of Abhishek Verma and Jyothi win bronze
India opened its account with a silver and a bronze medal in the compound section of the ongoing second stage of the Archery World Cup Stage II.
The Archery Association of India fielded a second string side for the second stage of the World Cup and they were further handicapped by the absence of any coach in compound section due to internal wrangling in the parent body
The compound mixed pair of Verma and Jyothi defeated Estonia's Robin Jaatma and Lisell Jaatma 156-151 in a lopsided semi-final, a day after Deepika Kumari made it to the finals in the recurve women's team event.