Indian women's recurve archery team will vie for the bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games after losing the semi-final to South Korea at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field here on Friday. (Day 7 Blog)
The Indian trio of Deepika Kumari, L. Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi were outclassed 0-6 by the hosts in semi-final 1 and will take on Japan in match for the bronze medal on Sunday.
The South Korean team comprising Hyejin Chang, Dasomi Jung and Tukyoung Lee were in no mood to hand out any favours, thrashing the Indians in three sets to march into the final.
An extremely poor first set saw the hosts thrash India 56-50 to take a two-point lead. In the second set South Korea notched 58 points to India's 54.
A 56-54 third set scoreline gave the South Koreans an unassailable six points lead as India, who had won bronze in Guangzhou four years ago, will once again fight it out for third place.
Earlier, India blanked Uzbekistan 6-0 in the elimination round before a nervy 5-4 shoot-off win over Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals.
The Indian archers started the last-eight match brightly, winning the first set 51-49 to take a two-point lead.
Chinese Taipei struck back immediately by taking the next set 56-54 to draw the tie at 2-2.
A narrow 53-52 third set win restored India's two point lead but once again the Taipei archers brought the scores on level terms, 4-4, by winning the fourth and the final set to send the clash into the decider.
In the shoot-off, where all the competitors get a shot each, India held their nerves to record a 26-24 win to secure a semi-final berth.