All of the Indian archers who made it through to the latter stages of elimination from yesterday’s first two rounds, all bowed out today with neither of them making the quarter-finals.
India’s biggest hope Deepika Kumari, who had won silver at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris a few weeks ago went out in the very first round of the day to Mariana Avitia of Mexico with a 2:6 loss.
Veteran Dola Banerjee (49th) performed better, getting past the [1/16] round trouncing Lisa Unruh (17th) 6:0. Unfortunately for her, she went up against the top archer in the world in Korea’s Bo Bae Ki who humbled Dola 6:0 to stop her progress in the [1/8] stage.
A similar fate befell Tarundeep Rai in the men’s event. After beating 17th-place-qualifier Yu Xing 6:4 in the first round, the Indian faced Jin Hyek Oh of Korea, who finished first in qualifying, and is also one of the favourites for the gold. Tarundeep was beaten 0:6 by Oh.
Kapil too won his [1/16] match before getting blanked by 6th-placed-qualifier Xiaoxiang Dai in the [1/8] round. Jayanta Talukdar did not make it past the first round of the day.
The most impressive archer on the day, continuing from where he left off yesterday, was Rajat Chauhan. Rajat got the better of two higher-ranked qualifiers before eventually losing in the quarters. He got the better of Genet Dominique of France in the [1/16] round and upset Italian Pagni Sergio, who had qualified 3rd, with a narrow 137:136 win.
Rajat then went on to face another Frenchman, Deloche Pierre Julien (11th) in the [1/8] round, but this time couldn’t manage it as he lost a close encounter by just three points 126:129
2nd-placed qualifier Adam Ravenscroft accounted for Abhishek Verma in the [1/16] round 139:134.
Vennam Jyothi Surekha likewise won her first game of the day, but badly lost to Roux Gerda 118:130.
Recurve men (Number in brackets represents qualifying position)
Tarundeep Rai (16) – [1/16] bt Yu Xing (17) 6:4; [1/8] lost to Jin Hyek Oh (1) 0:6;
Kapil (22) – [1/16] bt Simon Nesemann (54) 6:4; [1/8] lost to Xiaoxiang Dai (6) 0:6;
Jayanta Talukdar (15) – [1/16] lost to Luis Alvarez (18) 2:6;
Dola Banerjee (49) – [1/16] bt Lisa Unruh (17) 6:0; [1/8] lost to Bo Bae Ki (1) 6:0;
Deepika Kumari (10) – [1/16] lost to Mariana Avitia (23) 2:6;
Rajat Chauhan (46) – [1/16] bt Genet Dominique (14) 139:137; [1/8] bt Pagni Sergio (3) 137:136; [1/4] lost to Deloche Pierre Julien (11) 126:129
Abhishek Verma (31) – [1/16] lost to Ravenscroft Adam (2) 139:134;
Vennam Jyothi Surekha (6) – [1/16] bt Olofsson Ingrid (38) 136:105; [1/8] lost to Roux Gerda (54) 118:130;Published 03 Oct 2013, 16:18 IST