Indian archers disappoint in ranking rounds at the Olympics

Updated: 27 July 2012 20:40 IST

India's campaign at the London Olympics got off to a disappointing start after both the men and women's archery teams finished at the bottom of the table in the ranking rounds at the Lord's Cricket Ground here on Friday.

Indian archers disappoint in ranking rounds at the Olympics
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India's campaign at the London Olympics got off to a disappointing start after both the men and women's archery teams finished at the bottom of the table in the ranking rounds at the Lord's Cricket Ground here on Friday.

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While the trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Tarundeep Rai and Rahul Banerjee finished at the bottom of the heap at 12th in the men's competition, their women counterparts were a shade better at ninth spot.

World number one Deepika Kumari was the best-placed Indian of the day as she finished eighth with a score of 662 in the women's individual event.

Starting the proceedings earlier, the Indian men's trio combined for a score of 1969 on a day when defending champions Korea shattered the team world record with a tally of 2087 to lead the rankings.

In the men's individual event, Tarundeep Rai finished 31st with 664 points from 72 shots, while Banerjee was at 46th with 655 points, followed by Talukdar at 53rd with 650 points.

In the women's individual competition, L Bombayla Devi's score of 651 (327+324) helped her to the 22nd spot, while Swuro Chekrovolu finished at the 50th place after scoring 625 (309+316).

For Korea, legally blind Dong Hyun Im set an individual world record with a score of 699/720 in the men's event, while France finished a distant second with a score of 2021.

In the women's team event, India shot a combined score of 1938 (662+651+625) to finish ahead of Italy, Britain and Ukraine, who took up places from 10 to 12.

Korea came up with a combined score of 1993 to top the ranking round, followed by United States (1979) and Chinese Taipei (1976).

In the individual competition, Deepika could score only 327 in the first half to be ranked 18th, but she recovered well to be ranked second in the second half after scoring 335.

Korea's Ki Bo Bae and Lee Sung Jin took the first two places after coming up with identical scores of 671, while Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei was placed third.

The ranking rounds done and dusted with, the 12 teams will now shoot in a head-to-head elimination format.

After the initial knockout stages, the two winning teams from the respective semi-final matches compete in the gold-medal match and the remaining teams compete in the bronze-medal match.

Topics : Archery Olympics 2012 Team India
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