Rio Olympics 2016, Day 1 highlights: Atanu Das gives India positive start, women archers disappoint

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Rio Olympics 2016, Day 1 highlights: Atanu Das gives India positive start, women archers disappoint
  • 01:11 (IST)

    The City is blessed. Two gods spotted at Rio.

  • 00:02 (IST)

    Archery: The women's draw for India is out. 

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    That's it! 

    After 12 rounds,

    Deepika Kumari finishes 20th with a total score of 640. She started off well but then faltered. She had even hit the top spot before stumbling at the halfway mark.

    Laxmirani Majhi had a disappointing campaign as she ended 43rd with a score of 614. Bombayla Devi Laishram sparkled in bits to finish 24th with 638 points.

    India finish 7th with a total score of 1892.

  • 23:27 (IST)

    After the 11th round

    Deepika Kumari shoots 56 to gain five places with a score of 587.  

    Laxmirani Majhi's slips to 45th with a total of 563. Bombayla Devi Laishram drops one place to 23rd with a total of 584.

    India jump one place to 7th with a total score of 1734.

    We are into the last round now.

  • 23:20 (IST)

    Rio Olympics 2016: Atanu Das finishes fifth in men's individual archery ranking round - Firstpost}

    Atanu Das showed composure and skill to bounce back from a poor start to finish fifth in the qualification round as archery got underway at Rio de Janeiro.

  • 23:19 (IST)

    Earlier, Atanu Das gave India a positive start as he finished fifth in men's individual archery ranking round. Read the full report above.

  • 23:18 (IST)

    After the 10th round

    Deepika Kumari's see-saw journery continues as she falls 8 places to 23rd with a total score of 531. 

    Laxmirani Majhi's rise continues as she gains four places to move up to 41st with a total of 515. Bombayla Devi Laishram's again slips, this time five places to 22nd with a total of 531.

    India slip one place to 8th place with a total score of 1577.

    Two more rounds to go........

  • 23:12 (IST)

    With the Archers in action, read individual profiles of some of the Indian participants below. 

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    Road to Rio: Bombayla Devi Laishram, the veteran Indian archer looking to end on a high at Olympics 2016 - Firstpost}

    Name: Bombayla Devi Laishram Age: 31 Discipline: Archery Category: Women's individual and team Qualification: Bombayla Devi had to go through six stages of trials before being selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • 23:10 (IST)

    Road to Rio: Archer Laxmirani Majhi aims to script a fairytale at Olympics - Firstpost}

    With a world ran of 15, Laxmirani is an outsider for a medal, but getting on the podium at Rio Olympics 2016 isn't beyond the young Indian archer

  • 23:10 (IST)

    Armed with experience, Deepika Kumari goes for gold at Rio}

    Name: Deepika Kumari Age: 22 Discipline (sport): Archery Category: Recurve, singles and team Qualification: Kumari qualified for the Olympics by scoring 686/720 in the women's recurve event of the 2015 Archery World Cup in Shanghai to equal the earlier world record set by South Korea's Bo-Bae.

  • 23:04 (IST)

    After the 9th round

    Deepika Kumari moves up another two places to 15th as she shoots 54 again to take her total to 483.

    Laxmirani Majhi's gains five places to move up to 45th with a total of 462. Bombayla Devi Laishram's again slips, this time four places to 17th with a total of 482.

    India maintain 7th place with a total score of 1427.

  • 22:57 (IST)

    After the 8th round

    Deepika Kumari has a slightly better round as she shoots 54, moves up one place to 17th with a total of 429.

    Laxmirani Majhi's gains four places to move up to 50th with a total of 408. Bombayla Devi Laishram drops two places to 13th as she shoots 53 to take her total to 431.

    India jump one place to 7th with a total score of 1268.

  • 22:48 (IST)

    After the 7th round

    Deepika Kumari's fall continues, another poor round as she shoots just 46, slides to 18th with a total score of 375.

    Laxmirani Majhi's drops five places to 54th with a total of 355. Bombayla Devi Laishram drops three places to 11th with a total score of 378. 

    India drop to 8th with a total score of 1108.

  • 22:36 (IST)

    Some Archery gyaan!

  • 22:34 (IST)

    UPDATE: Atanu Das will get an easy draw till the quarterfinals and his probable semi-final opponent may be the 4th ranked Dutch man Sjef van den Berg who won the World Cup individual gold in Shanghai. his impressive finish meant that Das, who will begin his elimination round against lowly 60th ranked Jitbahadur Muktan of Nepal, will avoid the top-seed Woo-jin unless he reaches the summit-clash.

  • 22:28 (IST)

    After the 6th round (it's the halfway mark)

    Deepika Kumari has a horror round as she shoots just 49 and moves to 5th with 329 points. 

    Laxmirani Majhi's drops six places to 49th with a total of 306. Bombayla Devi Laishram jumps one place to 8th with a total score of 327. 

    India drop to 5th with a total score of 962.

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    After the 5th round

    Deepika Kumari MOVES TO THE TOP with a score of 58 in the fifth round, it takes her total to 280. 

    Laxmirani Majhi's roller-coaster continues as she drops to 43 with a total of 260. Bombayla Devi Laishram is constantly climbing and now moves up to 9th with a total score of 273. 

    India maintain 3rd place with a total score of 813.

  • 22:11 (IST)

    After the 4th round, 

    A brilliant round for Deepika Kumari who jumps to 3rd with a score of 58 in the fourth round it takes her total to 222. 

    Laxmirani Majhi recuperates somewhat to jump to 37 with a total score of 210 while Bombayla Devi Laishram jumps 8 places to 15 with a total score of 217. 

    India jump to 3rd place with a total of score of 649.

  • 22:05 (IST)

    Some good news coming in!

  • 22:00 (IST)

    After the 3rd round

    Deepika Kumari keeps her place at 8th with a score of 54 to take her total to 164. 

    Laxmirani Majhi falters with a score of just 49 and now has a total score of 156 and in the 40th position while Bombayla Devi Laishram jumps one place to 23rd with a total score of 160

    India drop to 5th place with a total of 480 points.

  • 21:50 (IST)

    After the 2nd round

    Deepika Kumari jumps one place to 8th position with a score of 110. 

    Laxmirani Majhi drops two places to 21 with 107 and Bombayla Devi Laishram jumps 11 places to 24th with score of 106. 

    The India team total is 323 - 3rd place.

  • 21:46 (IST)

    It's time for the Women Archers to get into action.

    It's a non-elimination ranking round. 

    After the first round, Deepika Kumari is in 9th position with a score of 56 

    Laxmirani Majhi is in 19th place with 54 and Bombayla Devi Laishram in the 35th with 52. 

    The India team total is 162 - 2nd place.

  • 19:44 (IST)

    Women's individual and team ranking rounds

    Join us live as we cover India's women's team in the individual and team archery ranking rounds at 9:30 PM IST.

  • 19:31 (IST)

    India start the Olympics with a bang and a half!

    Atanu Das takes the 5th rank at the end of round 12 of the men's individual archery event with a score of 58/60. His total points at the end of the ranking round stands at 683 points.

    What a start by India at the Rio 2016 Olympics!

  • 19:21 (IST)


    Atanu makes a huge leap of 4 places as he scores a near perfect round of 59/60. Das now stands at 7th position and has a total of 625 points. Incredible!

  • 19:13 (IST)

    11th spot after round 10

    An almost perfect round 10 from Atanu who scores a 58/60 yet drops a spot and now stands at 11th. Overall points tally is 566 and he now trails the leader by 16 points!

  • 19:03 (IST)

    Big jump for Das

    Straight from 13th to 10th! Atanu Das shoots a brilliant 59/60 in round 9 to record a score of 508 overall. 

  • 18:53 (IST)

    Slowly but steadily

    13th spot calling! Atanu Das records a 57/60 in round 7. His overall points tally now stands at 449 from a possible 480.

  • 18:45 (IST)

    Round 7 score update

    Das moves up by a spot after yet another stellar 57/60 round. His tally now stands at 392.

  • 18:40 (IST)

    At the end of Round 6

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    Halfway mark

    Atanu Das now stands at a respectable 15th position with 337 points. He is still 11 points behind current leader Kim Woojin and will have to make some ground to challenge further!

  • 18:25 (IST)

    He's back in it!

    A brilliant Round 6 ends with the Kolkata lad jumping two spots to 15th place with a score of 57/60. 

    Das' total points stand at 337.

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Oh no!

    At the end of Round 5, Das scored 55/60 and now has a total of 280 points. He is now 17th amongst 64 archers.

  • 18:08 (IST)

    Round 4 Update

    Das now is 13th in the rankings and 8 points behind leader Sjef van den Berg.

  • 18:06 (IST)


    The comeback is underway as Atanu Das shoots another 57/60. His overall tally stands at a commendable 225 points at the end of round 4.

  • 18:02 (IST)

    Points tally after round 3

    Atanu Das now stands at 168 points after the completion of three rounds.

  • 17:57 (IST)

    Atanu jumps back into the fray

    Das hits a 57/60 in the third round of archery shooting. Stands at 19th rank now.

  • 17:48 (IST)

    Atanu Das falls to 24th spot

    Das' second string of bows end in his position going from 3rd to 24th. His overall score stands at 111.

  • 17:44 (IST)


    After 6 arrows, Atanu Das stands in 3rd position with 58 points.

  • 17:33 (IST)

    Atanu Das' qualification story

    Atanu Das made it to the Olympics after edging out experienced Indian archers Jayanta Talukdar and Mangal Singh Champia in the trials held by the Archery Association of India.

  • 17:25 (IST)

    Welcome to the men's individual archery ranking round

    India's Atanu Das will be taking part in the men's individual archery event which will start at 5:30 PM IST today. 

  • 16:57 (IST)

    Who are you shooting for?

  • 16:49 (IST)

    Welcome welcome welcome!

    The 2016 Summer Olympics are almost upon us, and the countdown can officially begin. Stick around for all the latest updates from Day One of the Games, which will start with archery. India's female archers — Deepika Kumari, Laxmirani Majhi and Bombayla Devi — as well as sole male archer, Atanu Das will look to start the campaign with a bang. Can they hit bull's eye?

Preview: With the men's team failing to qualify, the troika of eves Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi Laishram and Laxmirani Majhi have their task cut out as they lead the Indian charge for the country's first ever medal in Olympic Games archery at the arena in Rio from Friday.

Atanu Das is the sole male archer to qualify for the Games scheduled to start from 5 August.

The contingent has been training at the Marica and shifted to a hotel which is close to the archery venue in Sambodromo. But now they have finally taken shelter in the Olympic Village ahead of the eight-day competition where 128 archers from 56 countries would participate.

All the archers are highly rated and in good form, but then again India have lost on many occasions with stronger sides, failing to hold on to their nerves during crunch moments.

One of the major challenges for the Indian archers is that some of the matches may be held under lights. The Indian archers are not accustomed to shooting under lights, and their success would depend on how they cope with the conditions.

The women's team ranking round would take place on Friday, while the eliminations are scheduled for 7 August. The team final is slated to be held early on 8 August.

The Indian women would strive to keep their arrows on target in the individual elimination matches from 8 August, with the final fixed for the early hours of 12 August.

After the 5 Aug men's individual ranking competition, Das would shoot in the elimination rounds on 8 August. The gold medal would be decided early on 13 August, as per Indian timings.

India have never won a medal in archery at the Olympic Games despite having participated in every Olympics since 1988 and the contestants need to be at their very best to make history.

The best performance by Indians so far was in 2004 and 2008 when the women's team reached the quarter-finals in the team event. None of the individuals have made the last eight ever.

Last time around in London, the six-member team were ousted very early from the competition. Almost everyone fell ill during the tournament as they failed to get accustomed to the cold weather after practising in humid conditions in Kolkata.

But this time the Archery Association of India (AAI) had sent the team here almost a month back so that they did not have problems of acclimatisation. They also trained in Bangalore prior to flying in here, as he weather conditions are identical.

Deepika and Bombayla Devi were part of the Olympics four years ago but it would be the maiden outing in the showpiece extravaganza for Majhi and Atanu, who would have to deal with the pressure of delivering on the big stage.

India's biggest hopes are pinned on the women's team event where Bombayla would shoot first followed by Majhi and Deepika will play the role of the finisher.

Deepika has resorted to consulting sports psychologist Bhishmraj Bam and mental trainer Lorenzo Beltrame to help battle her mental demons.

And it has borne fruit for the 22-year-old who has broken the world record twice in the trials and once equalled it in the World Cup in Shanghai, exactly 100 days before the Games.

"We have learnt to control our heartbeat amid tension and control our breathing while shooting," Deepika said recently suggesting the London debacle won't happen again.

The whole country would be rooting for a better performance from the archers who let them down last time.

Updated Date: Aug 07, 2016 01:07 AM

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