Indian recurve archer Mangal Singh Champia sealed his place for the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympics after making the quarterfinals of the individual event of the World Archery Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark in which he eventually lost 4-6 to Elias Malave of Venezuala in the last eight.
His qualification to the last 8 has bought some cheers to the men’s camp after the recurve team failed to progress to the Olympics. This will be Champia’s second Olympics, having qualified as the lone Indian male archer for the 2008 Beijing Games. The Indian men will get another chance to gain a team berth when they take part in the Asian meet later this year.
The Jharkhand born archer made a strong start to the tournament as he prevailed over Spanish archer Alvarino Garcia Miguel 6-4. before getting past yet another Spaniard Antonio Fernandez 6-2 to seal his Rio berth and went down to his Venezuelan rival 4-6.
Though Champia had missed out on a chance of winning a medal, India have a chance of a podium finish in the women’s individual recurve event after Laxmi Rani Majhi set up a bronze-medal play-off match against Misun Choi of Korea. In process, Mahji also qualified for Rio de Janerio olympics. India’s biggest medal hope Deepika Kumar was crashed out in the first match of the day as she lost 4-6 to Y Qi of China.