The Indian trio of Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi were not at their best in the ranking round, and earned themselves a tough Olympic draw in the women’s team competition in archery at the scenic Sambodromo. Deepika & Co. was drawn to meet Colombia in the pre-quarterfinals, and the winner will play the quarterfinals against second seed Russia in the team championship on Sunday.
The Indian women have won the silver in the world championship. If they capitalise on the bright conditions here that stand in stark contrast to the gloomy environs of the Lords ground in the London Games in 2012, they can stir up excitement in the knockout phase.
Especially so in the light of the ‘set format’ being used for the team competition as well, which can open up equations dramatically.
Deepika (640), Bombayla (638) and Lxmirani (614) were placed 20th, 24th and 43rd respectively, and thus, may have a hard road in the individual knockout.
The men’s competition was held on Saturday, but with only Atanu Das in the team, there was no scope for India to figure in the team championship.
Atanu Das, who placed fifth in the ranking round, will attempt to recapture a strong performance in the knockout phase.
The individual events are scheduled later, as the ranking rounds were used to make the draw for both the individual and team competitions.