Rio de Janeiro, Aug 11 (IANS) Deepika Kumari defeated Kristine Esebua of Georgia in the 1/32 eliminators of the women’s individual archery competition of the on going Rio Olympics here.
Deepika, placed 12th in the world rankings, displayed excellent form to defeat the higher ranked Esebua 6-4 at the Olympic Shooting Centre here on Wednesday.
Dipika dominated proceedings right from the start. Starting with a mediocre eight pointer with her first attempt, she scored 10 and nine points in the next two.
Esebua could only manage attempts of 8,9,9 as Deepika took the opening set and the subsequent two set points with some ease.
The Georgian did better in the second set. Both archers scored identical attempts of 10, 10, 9 to split the set points with the overall score reading 3-1 in favour of Dipika.
Deepika displayed outstanding marksmanship in the third set with 10 pointers in all her three attepmts to increase her lead.
Not to be outdone, Esebua shot 10, 9, 10 in the next set as Dipika could only manage three 9s to hand the set to the Georgian thus forcing the issue into a fifth set.
Both archers shot identical 10, 10, 9 in the final set to split points which settled the matter in favour of the Indian.