Rio Olympics: Deepika, Bombayla, Manoj enter pre-quarters on Day 5

Posted On August 10, 2016 By In National News, Sports, World News


Boxer Manoj Kumar joined archers Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi in the pre-quarters of their respective events on another day of exits for India contingent at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Deepika and Bombayla entered the women’s individual event’s Round of 16 with stirring displays. While the Indian women’s hockey team suffered its second loss in a row, losing to Australia by a crippling 1-6 margin, shooters Jitu Rai and Prakash Nanjappa, weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam and judoka Avtar Singh exited the Games.
Against this crop of disappointments, what Bombayla (ranked 69th) achieved on Wednesday was exceptional – not least because her opponent in the Round of 32 was the world No 10. First off, she defeated Austrian archer Laurence Baldauff 6-2 and then Taipei’s Lin Shin-Chia by the same margin to progress to Thursday’s Round of 16 match which will start at 17:56 IST.
In the first round, Bombayla – one third of the women’s archery unit that was beaten by two points their Russian counterparts on Sunday – lost the first set of her event 24-27 but then won the next three to progress. Her opponent in the Round of 32 was the silver medalist from the last World Championships but Bombayla overcame her challenge 6-2. She won the first set 28-26, the second 27-24, lost the third narrowly 26-27 and then won the fourth 28-26. Her 10-pointers in the third and fourth sets were stunning.
Deepika took big strides in putting behind the failure of India’s women’s archery team by progressing into the pre-quarters of the individual event. She beat Georgia’s Kristine Esebua 6-4 in her match, shooting a total of eight bulls eyes to enter the Round of 32 where she met Italian Guendalina Sartori hardly 15 minutes later.
Deepika, ranked 12th in the world, went past her adversary 6-2 to contest her place in the pre-quarters later today at 17:30 IST.

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