Rio 2016: Archers Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi lose pre-quarter clashes
Indian archers Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi exited the Rio Olympics within 20 minutes of each, losing in the individual women's pre-quarters on Thursday.
While Deepika was blanked 0-6 by World No 2 Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei, Bombayla lost 2-6 to World No 18 Alejandra Valencia of Mexico. Both the archers were guilty of letting their nerves get the better of them.
Deepika was the first to take aim today and failed to raise her game when it mattered, losing 27-28, 26-29, 27-30 in a lop-sided contest, during which she managed to hit the bull's eye only once.
The former World No 1 was put under pressure by Ya-Ting from the very start and never really managed to threaten her more fancied opponent.
While Deepika seemed out of sorts in the high-pressure match, Ya-Ting was a picture of composure, calmly striking six perfect 10s -- three of them back-to-back in the third set.
Bombayla also endured a disastrous outing which began with a 7 off the first arrow. In the 26-28, 26-23, 27-28, 23-25 loss, Bombayla was also found wanting in handling pressure.
After losing the third set narrowly, the Indian just could not gather herself, striking a 6 off the first arrow in the fourth set, which ultimately proved to be her undoing.
The Indian challenge in archery is now being represented by Atanu Das in the men's competition. Atanu will be in action on Friday in the pre-quarters.
With PTI Inputs