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Rio: Deepika says conditions were ‘difficult to follow and understand’

Archer Deepika Kumari expressed bewilderment after a dismal show during the women’s team event where the Indian team finished seventh in the qualification round of the Rio Olympics Games.

Archer Deepika Kumari during the individual ranking round at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio on Friday.

Deepika managed 640 out of 720 which was good enough for a 20th position while experienced Bombayla Devi Laishram shot 638 to finish 24th and Laxmirani Majhi finished 43rd with 614 points.

“Nothing was wrong apart from the wind. It was difficult to follow and understand. I shot the arrow and it was a miss. Of course [that] is not what I expected, but there’s nothing I can do about it now,” Deepika said after the event.

They will open their campaign against Colombia who were ranked 10th. If they manage to advance, India may face second-ranked Russia and third-ranked China in their prospective quarters and semifinal clashes.

The double Commonwealth Games gold medallist led by one point after 30 arrows only to slip in the sixth end when she shot a poor 49 with scores of 9,9,8,8,8,7. The worst happened in the last arrow of the seventh end when she drew a blank by completely missing the target.

In the individual round, Deepika will face Kristine Esebua of Georgia (rank 45), while Bombayla will take on Laurence Baldauff of Austria (rank 41) and Laxmirani’s first round challenger would be Alexandra Longova of Slovakia.

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