In­dian archers eye Olympic berths

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Den Bosch: In­dian men’s re­curve team on Tues­day stormed into the pre-quar­ter­fi­nals of the World Archery Cham­pi­onships with a com­mand­ing 5-1 vic­tory over Nor­way and are now just one win away from se­cur­ing an Olympic quota.

The trio of Tarun­deep Rai, Pravin Jad­hav and Atanu Das will next face Canada’s Eric Peters, Crispin Due­nas and Brian Maxwell on Wed­nes­day in a bid to se­cure the three­ath­lete quo­tas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The women’s re­curve team also re­mained in the fray by qual­i­fy­ing sixth from a field of 55 na­tions for one of the eight Olympic quota spots.

The top-eight seed­ing in the team event meant that the In­dian women avoided the first round match on Tues­day and went straight into a de­cider for the Olympic places, where they face 11th seed Be­larus Wed­nes­day.

Laishram Bom­bayla Devi shot 664 to top the leader­board among the In­di­ans to se­cure 15th place over­all in the qual­i­fi­ca­tions, while Deepika Ku­mari was next best at 22th spot with a score of 660. Ko­ma­lika Bari shot 650 to be ranked 40th in a field of 152 com­peti­tors.

“We are so ex­cited and happy. Look­ing at our rank­ing in the qual­i­fi­ca­tion, we are con­fi­dent to shoot well and se­cure Olympic berths,” Deepika said.

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