Deepika struggles to figure out reason for poor show

Rio de Janeiro:Archer Deepika Kumari expressed bewilderment after a dismal show during the women's team event where the Indian team finished a dejecting seventh in the qualification round of the Rio Olympics Games, here.

All Deepika managed was 640 out of 720 which was good enough for a 20th position while experienced Bombayla Devi Laishram shot 638 to finish 24th and Laxmirani Majhi finished 43rd with 614 points.

"Nothing was wrong apart from the wind. It was difficult to follow and understand. I shot the arrow and it was a miss. Of course is not what I expected, but there's nothing I can do about it now," Deepika said after the event.

The wayward performance will affect India's medal prospects as a top four-finish would have given them a bye to the quarters but the team, which logged 1892 points together, will now begin the elimination stage from the first round of 16 tomorrow.

They will open their campaign against Colombia who were ranked 10th. If they manage to advance, India may face second ranked Russia and third ranked China in their prospective quarters and semifinal clashes.

 

PTI