Archers Deepika, Bombayla bow out of Rio Olympics

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 11 (IANS) Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi were beaten in their 1/8 Eliminations round of the Women’s Individual category, ending India’s campaign in women’s archery at the Rio Olympics here on Thursday.

Deepika went down to Taipei’s Ting Tan Ya 80-87 (27-28, 26-29, 27-30) at the Sambodromo arena.

Later, Bombayla lost to Alejandra Valencia of Mexico 102-104 (26-28, 26-23, 27-28, 23-25).

Deepika was meeker of the two in their contrasting defeats.

The 22-year-old started the match with a nine pointer, following it up with an eight and 10.

But the cumulative 27 points in the first set were not enough for her to win as Tan Ya-Ting proved superior to take the first set. She scored 10, nine, nine to make it 28.

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In the second set, Deepika totally lost her rhythm and scored 26 points to lose the set 26-29.

The third set saw Deepika gaining her confidence with three straight nine pointers, but the Chinese-Taipei scored perfect 30 to clinch the issue.

Deepika defeated the higher ranked Kristine Esebua of Georgia in the 1/32 Eliminators before getting the better of Italy’s Guendalina Sartori of Italy in the 1/16 Eliminators on Wednesday.

Bombayla gave a fight to her Mexican opponent.

She began the contest poorly, barely managing a 7 to lose the first set 26-28.

She improved in the second set, hitting two nine pointer to square the contest.

She began the third set confidently with a perfect 10 but Alejandra upped her game, hitting two 10s to claim it 28-27.

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That tilted the contest in the Mexican’s favour as the Manipuri’s aim fell apart, hitting 6,9 and 8 in her final three attempts of the fourth set to surrender the contest.

–IANS

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