Star archer Deepika Kumari did not impress within the qualifying spherical in her much-anticipated return, ending a lowly thirty seventh behind Ankita Bhakat within the World Cup Stage 3 in Paris on Wednesday. The world quantity three Deepika, who was making her India comeback after the Tokyo Olympics debacle final yr, shot a disappointing 638 within the 72-arrow qualification spherical, a large 37-point behind Korean Lee Gahyun who took the pole place within the ladies’s recurve part. Her poor rating meant that Deepika obtained a troublesome draw as the previous world primary could have a possible second spherical conflict in opposition to Korean Choi Misun, the 2016 Rio Olympics crew gold medallist. Deepika will face Italian Chiara Rebagliati in her first spherical.
The three-time Olympian was an image of inconsistency. Having began off with 4 10s, together with two X (closest the centre) and a 9, Deepika hit the black ring (4) and even misfired within the final arrow of the fifth finish.
There was extra frustration in retailer for her as she ended the first-half by capturing twice within the purple ring (7-7). On the midway mark, she managed simply 323 factors.
On the identical time, she shot 18 good 10s on the midway mark, which was only one behind Gahyun, one thing that summed up Deepika’s inconsistency on the day.
Below stress, Deepika slipped additional within the remaining set of 36 arrows, the place she managed simply 315 factors, after hitting 5 7s and one 6 to finish her qualifying spherical. She had a share of 11 good 10s within the final-half.
At thirty first place, Ankita (644) was the perfect among the many Indian ladies as she made the blended pair crew with twenty seventh positioned Tarundeep Rai (670), with the duo taking the thirteenth rating.
Pravin Jadhav, who too made a comeback after his Tokyo Olympics debacle, completed thirtieth with 668 factors, whereas veteran Jayanta Talukdar (667) took the thirty second spot because the recurve males’s crew secured the eight seeding within the draw.
The recurve ladies’s crew, alternatively, slipped to thirteenth place.
Earlier, the Indian ladies’s compound crew misplaced the bronze play-off to France whereas the boys’s crew made a quarterfinal exit after dropping to Turkey.
A day after World Championship silver medallist Jyothi Surekha Vennam raised the expectation with a second-place end, the ladies’s trio of Jyothi, Priya Gurjar and Muskan Kirar misplaced 228-231 to Britain within the semifinal.
Combating for the bronze, the crew squandered a two-point result in lose 231-233 to their French opponents Sophie Dodemont, Lola Grandjean and Sandra Herve.
Having obtained a bye into the quarterfinals, the third seeded Indian ladies’s crew had began off by eliminating their Brazilian rivals 230-227.
The boys’s crew of Abhishek Verma, Mohan Bhardwaj and Aman Saini started with a 234-232 win over South Africa however suffered a one-point defeat in opposition to Turkey, taking place 234-235.
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