Recurve archer Deepika Kumari was the best performing Indian in the second stage of the Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey on Wednesday as she secured a place in the bronze medal play-off. The former world no. 1 put up a brave fight in the semi-finals but was denied a place in the final by Olympic gold medallist Ki Bo Bae of Korea.
Apart from Deepika, the only other Indian who managed to reach the quarter-finals was Asian Games gold medallist compound archer Abhishek Verma. He lost narrowly in a shoot-off to Bridger Deaton of the USA.
Deepika Kumari – the lone Indian in semis
Deepika Kumari was the saving grace of the day as all the other Indians failed to cross the quarter-final hurdle in individual competition.
Deepika began with a resounding 6-0 victory over Christine Bjerendal of Sweden. The ninth seed then thrashed Anastasia Pavlova of Ukraine 7-3 and edged past American La Nola Pritchard 6-5 to reach the pre-quarters.
After beating Kaori Kawanaka of Japan 6-4, the in-form Indian archer defeated Taipei’s Shih-Chia Lin 7-3 to set up a meeting with multiple Olympic and World Championships gold medallist Korean Ki Bo Bae. With a 4-6 loss to Bae, the Indian will now look for a bronze against second-seeded Hye Jin Chang of Korea.
While Deepika made it to the last four, veteran Dola Banerjee, Satbir Kaur and Snehal Divakar all lost in the first round in individual women’s recurve competition.
Abhishek Verma’s run ends in quarters
Sixth-seeded men’s compound archer Abhishek Verma, who received a bye in his first two rounds, beat Alberto Blazquez of Spain 148-144 to reach the pre-quarters. After overwhelming Frenchman Pierre-Julien Deloche 147-144, he bowed out in the quarters to Bridger Deaton in a tie-break.
Amongst the other Indians in this category, Rajat Chauhan and Jignas Chittibomma lost in the third round while Chinglensana exited in the second round.
Jayanta Talukdar reaches third round
In men’s recurve archery, veteran Jayanta Talukdar succumbed in the third round while Mangal Singh Champia lost in the second round. The other two Indians – Viswash and Ranjit Naik both crashed out in the opening round.
Trisha Deb bows out in third round
While Ramandeep Kaur and P Lily Chanu bowed out in the second round, Anjali Kumari was out in the first round.
The knock-out stages in the team competition will be held on Friday. Let us hope our Indian teams can remain in contention.