Indian men’s recurve team of Rahul Banerjee, Jayanta Talukdar and Magal Singh Champia led the qualification round, while the women’s team slumped to 12th place at the International Archery Challenge for the Rio Olympic Test Event yesterday in Rio de Janeiro.
Rahul Banerjee led the Indian charge with 668 points out of 720 for the 72-arrow ranking round at the Sambodromo range to qualify into the main draw with seventh seed. Jayanta Talukdar with 666 points was in 11th position and Mangal Singh Champia scored 665 to bag 17th position. This total tally of 1996 points guaranteed them the top seed as they will face 16th seeded Brazil in the opening round-of-16 that should be easy to get over.
In the individual round, seventh-seed Banerjee will face the biggest test of his career as he meets Korea’s Oh Jin Hyek defending Olympic champion. However, he struggled in the qualification round to be seeded 58.
The women’s trio of Deepika Kumari, Rimil Buriuly and Laxmirani Manjhi, who have already secured the Olympic quota berths, struggled as they amassed 1894 to be seeded 12th and they will begin their campaign against higher-ranked Mexico (5). Deepika shot a poor 656 to get 14th seed and will face 51st seeded Amy Oliver of Britain 51 in the individual round which appears to be easy. Laxmirani the 33rd seed will face Khantuna Narimanidze (32) of Georgia could be anybody’s game and 48th ranked Rimil will face 17th seed Lin Shih-Chia of Taipei a difficult challenge to meet.