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India archer Bombayla Devi enters pre-quarters of women’s individual event

India archer Bombayla Devi enters pre-quarters of women’s individual event India’s Bombayla Devi beats Taipei’s Shin-Chia Lin 6-2, and boos a spot in the pre-quarts of the women’s individual archery event at the Rio 2016 Olympics. It was a game of complete control for the Indian archer who won three sets, as compared to her opponent’s one.

Before the match against Shin Chia-Lin, Devi beat Austria’s Laurence Baldauff in the women’s 1/64 individual elimination event on Wednesday. After a disappointing team campaign, India finally had a reason to cheer as their archers continued to put up a good show in individual events. It was Atanu Das on Tuesday, and Devi on Wednesday.

Indian archer wasn’t off to an ideal start as she lost the opening set 24-27. She, however, in varying wind, got her act together with consistent scores and pocketted the next three sets 28-24, 27-23, 26-24.

Earlier, in the team campaign, India were up against world champions Russia in the quarters and the trio of Laxmirani Majhi, Bombayla Laishram, Deepika Kumari did well to test the formidable unit and take them to shootoff but they would have been disappointed with the result since they were two sets up after the end of the first three sets. Russia showed why they are the world champs as they not only sealed the fourth set, but also the shootoff to book a semi-final spot.

There is some scope of improvement for the Russian unit as the competition only gets tougher in the medal rounds ahead. Earlier, India women’s team faced tough opposition from Colombia in the pre-quarters round of the women’s recurve archery event but eventually came out on top to set up a quarterfinal contest with Russia. The final scoreline read 5-3 in India’s favour with the contest coming down to the final set and even the last two arrows, which the Russians sealed with ease.[…]

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