INDIAN ARCHERS ON COURSE TO RIO OLYMPICS

Pavan Suresh / 30 July 2015

Mangal Singh Champia, Deepika Kumari, and Laxmi Rani Majhi in individual archers and Abhishek Verma in compound category, remain on course of individual quota of Rio Olympics by advancing into round of 32 the World Archery Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday the 29 July 2015 a day after Indian women’s team earned a place where as the men’s team lost the opportunity for the time being.

Champia a Jharkhand archer will earn Rio berth if he wins his next match with Alvarino Miguel of Spain today. He qualified for this match by securing 59th position by beating Daniel Xavier of Brazil 7-3 in the first match of the ranking round.  He was down 0-2, to start with in this match but rallied to 5-3 by winning successive sets and then to the victory. He next beat Sanzar Mussayev of Kazakhstan by 7-3 again to take him to round of 32. In this match he took 4-0 lead and held on to the lead to beat 7-3 again. In the compound category Abhishek Verma qualified as top archer with 347 points, got bye and reached last 16 rounds.

Rahul Banerjee and Jayant Talukdar the other contenders from India in men’s individual event finished 46th and 85th respectively were eliminated in the first round itself.

In the women’s individual event Deepika again from Jharkhand qualified 8th, got bye to last 32. She will meet 25th ranked China’s Qi Yu homg. Another player Majhi moved ahead beating her opponents from Italy in tie break. Another girl Rimi was out in the first round itself.

India can hope at least one in each individual category to qualify for the RIO Olympics.

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