Rio Olympics | Indian women go down fighting to Russia

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.

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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.

PTI reports:

Laxmirani out
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.