Rio de Janeiro, Aug 6 - India's women's archery team, comprising Deepika Kumar, L. Bombayala…
India came agonisingly close to knocking out World champion Russia but was beaten 25-23 in the shoot-off, after being tied 4-4, in the quarterfinals of the women’s team championship at the Sambodromo on Sunday. It was the seventh victory for Russia over India in 12 meetings in the international arena.
After losing the first set 48-55, the trio of Bombayla Devi, Laxmirani Majhi and Deepika Kumari won the next two 53-52 and 53-40 to be ahead 4-2.
In the fourth set, India fought back dramatically in the second half after conceding a three-point lead on the first three arrows. However, after firing two 10s, India missed the chance to seal the match when Deepika shot a 9 when a 10 would have clinched it. With the set scores level at 4-4, the second-seeded Russian trio of Tulana Dashidorzhieva, Ksenia Perova and Inna Stepanova pulled through in the shoot-off. Russians had arrows of 10, 6 and 9, while the Indian girls shot 7, 8 and 8.
“We tried our best, but were not lucky. It does hurt badly,” said Deepika Kumari.
Bombayla, who led from the front with 52 points out of a possible 60, said the team would recover quickly and focus on the individual events. She denied that the rankings meant anything and that there was a chance for everyone.
Later in the final, South Korea won its eighth consecutive title with a comprehensive win over Russia.
Choi Mi-Sun, Ki Bo-Bae and Chang Hye-Jin overwhelmed Russia with a 165-151 victory. No other country has won the women’s team gold since it returned to the Games in 1988. Taiwan beat Italy in the bronze-medal match.
The disappointing show of the Indian women archers continued as Laxmirani Majhi suffered a 1-7 defeat at the hands of Slovakia’s Alexandra Longova in the first round of the individual event.
Laxmirani could only level the fourth set 26-26. The Slovakian won the first, second and third sets 27-25, 28-26 and 27-24. The Indian had a total match point of 101, inclusive of one shot of 10 while her opponent scored 108 with the help of three 10s.