Archer Deepika Kumari flattered to deceive in the qualifying round after she finished 37th behind Ankita Bhakat in the World Cup Stage 3 on Wednesday, June 22.
Deepika, the World No.3, made her India comeback after her poor show in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She shot 638 in the 72-arrow qualification round, 37 points behind Lee Gahyun of Korea. Gahyun finished on top of the women’s recurve section.
A poor ranking meant that Deepika got a tough draw as she is likely to face Korea’s Choi Misun, who won the gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the second round. Deepika is set to lock horns with Chiara Rebagliati in her first round.
The former World No.1 failed to live up to expectations. After she started off with four 10s, which included two X (closest to the centre) and a 9, Deepika hit the black ring (4) and misfired in the last arrow of the fifth end.
She couldn’t find any sort of rhythm as she ended the first-half by shooting twice in the red ring (7-7). At the halfway mark of the game, Deepika managed to score only 323 points.
Deepika also shot 18 perfect 10s at the halfway mark, one behind Gahyun and it showed how inconsistent she was.
Deepika went down the barrel in the final set of 36 arrows, where she managed to score 315 points, after hitting five 7s and one 6 to finish her journey in the qualifying round. The veteran had a share of 11 perfect 10s in the final-half.
Ankita (644), placed 31, was the best among the Indian women as she made the mixed pair team with 27th placed Tarundeep Rai (670).
Pravin Jadhav, who was also returning after the Tokyo Olympics last year, finished 30th with 668 points. The very experienced Jayanta Talukdar (667), in the meantime, took the 32nd spot as the recurve men’s team secured the eight seeding in the draw.
The recurve women’s team, on the contrary, slipped to 13th place.